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

Regular 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


Rated 3.9 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating The sanctuary is a simple and old fashioned family program. You can have your tickets online or at the place (by the time I went, the online option was not working with apple pay). At the counter you will be able to buy some food to feed the animal for an extra $3 (one sack of food will be more than enough for a family to enjoy the experience, believe me). The staff are friendly and the place is simple. Right next to the entry, there is a cafe with a simple and delicious food. There are not too many animals, but for the $35 entry ticket, it is more than fair. Adding to that, you will be able to feed and pet some animal, like the kangaroos. During the day, there are some moments where you will be able to get closer to the Koalas and also absorb really interesting information about them, provided by the well trained staff (and you will not need to spend more money to that). I think that, tough it is a simple structure the place offers, it is really a enjoyable experience for a fair price. Highly recommend!
Mário Neto - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating It was my first time seeing koalas and kangaroos, and it was super worth it!!! I absolutely loved everything about the park, including the reptiles. I would and will recommend it to everyone who wants to have a good time with the family (oh, remember to bring food to do a picnic).
Beatriz Coser - a month ago

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3 Star Rating I have visited here twice and I enjoy visiting the animals especially the Kangaroos and birds, You have a great selection of creatures. However I was disappointed when I entered the gift shop and saw Hats made from Kangaroo Leather, Don't understand why a Wildlife Conservation park is selling Unethical products made from Australia's own Native Fauna and therefore contributing to the largest Kill of land-based Wildlife in the world. I otherwise had a lovely time and would be happy to visit again and recommend to fellow animal-lovers once this place phases out Kangaroo products.
Iesha Spelled with an 'i' - 2 months ago

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4 Star Rating Hadn't visited the Koala Park for at least 40+ years. It's a great wildlife sanctuary surrounded by suburbia, but you wouldn't know it. The wildlife exhibits were interesting and relatively well maintained - staff and volunteer staff look after this place. Areas under maintenance and upgrading but didn't detract from the experience. Great for families, kids and international visitors alike.
Philippe Dancak - 4 months ago

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3 Star Rating It's a Koala park, and yet only 4 to 5 Koalas are there to see. Tickets are $32.00 per Adult. Used to have more kangaroos thay we can go and feed. But now they have less than 8. Not too sure it's worth. Staff are friendly.
Kawshika Perera - 4 weeks ago

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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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