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
Official Website: Koala Park SanctuaryFee: Yes
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- 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
84 Castle Hill Rd
West Pennant Hills New South Wales 2125
Phone: +61 2 9484 3141
Linda C. Mar-03-2020
This was a fabulous little place. All the animals were active & the sanctuary utilized space very well. It is such a natural setting I felt like I was... Read More
Shawn K. Dec-31-2019
Not a location that should be considered as a sanctuary. Visits, enclosures, and rules appear to be highly commercialized. The whole visit felt more like a... Read More
Melinda M. Jan-23-2016
All the locals told me that this place was "run down" and talked about it like it was a joke, so I didn't go for my first two years in Australia. Finally, I... Read More
Accommodations near Koala Park Sanctuary:
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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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