Koala Park Sanctuary

The Koala Park Sanctuary offers visitors the opportunity to see and photograph Australian wildlife up close in natural surroundings

A rare moment - three Koalas awake at the same time
A rare moment - three Koalas awake at the same time cc licensed photo by pelican

Located north of Sydney in the West Pennant Hills The Koala Park Sanctuary is a family run sanctuary that was first created back in the 1920's. The sanctuary was created out of the concern of Noel Burnet that the Koala Bear may become extinct if it continued to be hunted by the fur trade in such large numbers. It officially opened to the public in October of 1930.

Still being operated by Noel's daughter this sanctuary is one of only a few places in the world where you can see Koalas living in their natural surroundings. Today, however, you can also see Peacocks, Cockatoos, Emus, Kangaroos, Wombats, Echidna, Rainbow Lorrikeet, Wedge-Tailed Eagles, Dingoes and more here.

The Koala Park Sanctuary has a kiosk serving a selection of snacks and beverages and a restaurant serving BBQ lunches.

There are numerous options for getting to the park from Sydney, however, our directions below will get you there with just one train followed by one bus which will drop you off right by the park entrance. The entire journey will take a little over one hour varying according to the time of day.

Nearby attraction: Lane Cove National Park

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Koala Park Sanctuary Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 84 Castle Hill Rd, West Pennant Hills NSW 2125, Australia

Phone: (02) 9484 3141

Official Website: Koala Park Sanctuary

Koala Park Sanctuary Reviews

Rated 3.9 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating We went to this animal sanctuary, and where extremely surprised with the quality of the place. We were able to pet young kangaroos and see a pretty large variety of other animals mostly endemic to Australia. I would recommend to anyone looking to get up close in person to the animals and certainly to anyone with young children who are wanting to see a kangaroo up close and personal.
Jonathon Knickelbein - 2 months ago

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4 Star Rating It's a step back into time and shows the Aussie 80s in a place concerned by animal conservation. To see some of your native Australian animals up close like wombats, kangaroos, emus, kangaroos and cassowaries it's definitely a must especially to help the centre with it's conservation projects. The paths are worn, the place is well loved but the heart and soul are in abundance. Small playground, toilets, cafe facilities. Recommend feeding the goats.
Vanessa Schmierer - a month ago

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5 Star Rating New favourite place to go- koala park. Honestly this place is incredible for toddlers so interactive and not too big so you can be there about 3 hours and see and do so much. They can feed kangaroos, goats, sheep. She held a Guinea pig and pat a lizard. You can go in the koala enclosure for inclusive of ticket price and take a photo with a koala. Pat dingos as they go for a walk around the park with their handler. Honestly best place I’ve taken my toddler in Sydney. And she’s been to both zoos, aquarium and wildlife world. The staff are incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and kind. You can tell they really love the animals they are caring for. The park is stunning and really well maintained. I would say just put your child in gumboots if you go on a rainy day so they can jump in puddles and go in to see the goats in their enclosure. You won’t regret the up close and personal experience you get here. Also please bear in mind when reading people’s reviews that this is an opinion peace. I’m coming at this from a great day out for a family who like interacting with animals which isn’t something you get places like Taronga. We also have 2 young children and this was perfect for us. If you don’t want animals to touch you and prefer the more caged observer experience then a zoo is probably more your vibe.
Stephanie Muir - 3 months ago

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3 Star Rating This is very expensive for the amount of animals that you get to see. It cost me the same amount to get into Sydney Zoo and there’s way more to see at Sydney Zoo. Same story with Taronga Zoo. While it was lovely to see the animals, I just didn’t think I was getting value for money. I would actually encourage people to go to one of the above mentioned Zoo’s or even Symbio before going here. I will say the amenities are good here ie toilets and parking. It’s also wheelchair accessible.
Nerine Cummins - 4 months ago

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3 Star Rating A sad, deplorable and less animals place ever! Cant even spend more than an hour there. Animals look hungry and tired or maybe cold. Some habitats are empty. Not recommend unless they upgrade the place.
Charlotte Leo - 3 weeks ago

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Directions

Train and Bus Line Nearest Station Walking Time
T1Pennant Hills + Bus #6320 minutes

How to get to Koala Park Sanctuary by Train and Bus

By Train and Bus: From Monday thru Saturday take the T1 North Shore & Northern Line train from either Wynyard, Town Hall or Central Station to Pennant Hills Station. On Sundays take any train going to Central Station first and transfer to the T1 North Shore & Northern Line train to Pennent Hills there. Exit and cross over the tracks and catch Bus #632 for the 8 minute ride to the park.

Note: that some T1 trains don't go straight through but require a transfer at Chatswood or at Epping Station. This works fine, but you may want to make sure you take a straight through train to keep things simple and avoid the need to transfer. Use the real-time directions link below to view all the options including platform numbers.

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