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Koala Park Sanctuary, New South Wales
(2.2/5 based on 180+ 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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  • Blue Mountains tour course visited can take a closer look at a photo of a koala. Only here but you can also go in scale blue mountains tours have been included in the view. In addition to the kangaroos, koalas and ageodo, and Ms. shearing shows, too.
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  • The Sanctuary is located about 30 minutes from downtown Sydney. A big bonus for that is that you can avoid the crowds that you may encounter in the in-city zoos. Most of the displays are open air and ...  more »
  • If I have a chance I don't even rate 1 circle for this attraction. Don't waste time and money due to: 1) It is far from town. (We took Uber for AUD63 but luckily we found an express bus back to city f...  more »
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  • When I went there about a year ago I found a dead penguin in the exhibit and the Penguins a very fat, there is also a stormwater pipe in the kangaroos exhibit, exhibits are dirty and the echidnas water wasn't clean. This used to be a great zoo now the staff are just lazy. I do not recommend this zoo. Ps. There was also a fox in the wombats exhibit
  • Place is dated run down and unattractive if compaired to other animal enclosures around sydney. On a sunday hardly any one around, enclosures seem unkept and iver priced for what it is. Things must be tough here as in a sunday it was almost empty which in way was good as there were no crowds getting to see the animals. The kangaroos were in a enclosure that seamed barron and boring. Kids have fun as they do but as mentioned a drive to weatern sydney is a much better bet and they dont charge the credit card fee of 3% either which is now illegal. When i approached this was told too bad and the owner enforces this regardless what the law says (ACCC). Upon attempting to raise this had no time to discuss the matter and was too busy. Its ok take the money fro. Visitors but lacks customer service from management. My advice visit one of the other animal parks in sydney.
  • I love such zoos with no crowds. Of course they are not as popular as Taronga, reasons are obvious - so far from the city! Anyway animals look good (except of cockatoos who really need more space for life!). Direct access to wallabies and partial to koalas brings even more fun. A lot of different animals - recommend to visit!
  • Not just Koalas. This is a small zoo with mainly Australian Native Animals. A little bit more hands on than most other places. But small, you can walk around the whole place in a couple of hours.
  • 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.