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Koala Park Sanctuary, New South Wales

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
2.2/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web
The Koala Park Sanctuary, now known colloquially as 'Australia's saddest zoo' is privately owned and run wildlife park located at West Pennant Hills in Sydney Australia. The park was known for its collection of koalas and other animals but has come into disrepute since 2010 for neglect and abuse of it's animal's.HistoryThe Koala Park Sanctuary was built in the 1920s and opened in October 1930 by the owner Noel Burnet. He established the sanctuary because he was concerned at the large number of koalas being killed for the fur trade, and hunting of the animal would ultimately lead to its extinction. He spent the remainder of his life dedicated to researching and preserving the animals habitat.AnimalsThe park is a walk through wildlife park, most of the animals are contained behind wire and cage style exhibits. The following is a small list of animals currently held in the parks collection. Koalas Peacocks Little penguins Cockatoos Dingos Emus Kangaroos Wombats EchidnasNative BirdsEventsThe park has a Live Sheep Shearing exhibition run at various times of the day called "The Stockman's Camp" it gives patrons the experience of a stock camp on an outback station. It also shows sheep shearing and recounts Australian bush stories.
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  • Nice park with koala to take picture and interact with. Too bad the day we arrive the koala seem bit moody. We got to see the sheep get shave up. The kangaroo there seems friendly, we get to hug few a...  read more »
  • If you only want to see and possibly cuddle or be photographed with a koala than don't go. If you want to get a quick glimpse of the Australian animals it might worth the visit. There are many kangaro...  read more »
  • We saw one small Koala up very close for a photo op but the only other two we saw were far up in the trees. Plenty of up close time with the kangaroos but really this sanctuary seems more of tourist t...  read more »
  • This establishment, if you could call it that, should be closed down. In this modern day where we have laws and guidelines a on how animals are treated, this should not be an example. Please don't visit and show your children this is the way animals are cared for, so many koalas have died in pain from neglect with no vetinary care because this place is only for the profit of the owner. So many more are living in squalor conditions, which just should not happen by anyone that has a love for the animals of this world like myself. If you want to see animals and teach your children about our beautiful wildlife in Australia, choose a reputable zoo or sanctuary that really looks after housed animals in a way that we could exist. The sooner this place is closed down, the better for the love and lives of animals. Be aware of the law suits against them for their cruelty and neglect just recently, July 2016, and don't show support for this abuse.
  • I love the grey kangtoos they are very friendly and cute. As the oldest zoo in australia, I have more attachment , I feel like we need to support koala park ,there are all Aussie anilmals and they are equally cute as other anilmals live in different zoo. If more people visit koala park, I guess there will have more anilmals and better living conditions for them. ( after you see those anilmals you will love them, and you will want to do something to make their home , koala park more popular.)
  • 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 decided it didn't matter what they thought, so I went... And I loved it, just like I thought I would! First of all, it's $27, compared with $46 that the nearby zoo charges. It's only Aussie animals, versus the zoo which offers the same animals that you see at any zoo in the world. But what I loved about it was that everything is included in the entrance price. You don't have to pay any extra to go in with the kangaroos and pet them (my Yelp profile photo is from here). You don't have to pay any extra to go in with the koala, pet it, and take a photo with it. Those things at a typical zoo would have high extra charges, on top of the admission price! There's quite a few shows to see, including the sheep-sheering and boomerang-throwing show, which I recommend. They're nothing fancy about the shows and they're all pretty informal, but I recommend planning ahead to figure out what time you need to be at each place. It's a small park, and there's not too much to do between each show time, so you really have to be strategic if you don't want to be bored while waiting for the next show on the list.
  • Truly a sad zoo. The animals all look lonely dingo, kangaroos lying around on dirt, not a blade of grass in their enclosure and other animals were hard to see. The menu of food available was very unappetizing. I didn't see any where where you could have a pleasant picnic. The temporary buildings for toilets etc.made the place look very tacky. Pensioners have to pay full price! I took overseas visitors and they were able to feed the kangaroos but not hold the koala. This place has potential but would need a huge injection of capital. Will never go back.
  • When we arrived we could only see one very young girl working on the front desk taking the money. Once in the park the animals looked emancipated and so sad. We hoped to see another member of staff working there to ask questions but nobody else could be found. It was a real shame to pay $75 to sponsor the viewing of animals in such care.
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