Wildlife Aquariums, Reserve, Sanctuary, Zoos
Australia has a bountiful heritage of wildlife, from the native wildlife to the
more commercial imported ones, there are many places where you can enjoy them.
From national parks, wildlife reserves, reptile farms, conservation refuges and
zoos, the assortment and variety of places are considerable.
We will bring some
suggestions here, as well as links to many online resources, conservation groups
and wildlife contact organisations that are available.
New South Wales - Wildlife Nature Reserves, Zoos, Parks,
Australian Reptile Park
Pacific Hwy, SOMERSBY NSW
2250 Ph: 02 4340 1022
Features a huge range of reptiles,
spiders and other Australian native wildlife. There is a
hands-on reptile show, as well as other display and wildlife
shows. There are picnic areas, with free-ranging kangaroos,
nature trails, playground and cafe.
Walkabout Wildlife Park
Calga Springs Sanctuary, Darkinjung Rd
(off Peats Ridge Rd), CALGA NSW 2250
Ph: 02 4375 1100
Only 50 minutes from Sydney, just off the F3 between Hornsby and Gosford, is our
170 acre wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to around 180 species of
indigenous mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds, not to mention fascinating
insects and spiders.
You are also welcomed to the Walkabout Park Cafe, with indoor-outdoor seating.
You can choose your experience there by either bringing your own picnic, choose
from the cafe menu, hire BBQ facilities, or mix and match (a BYO lunch,
supplemented with your choice from our menu). Check our website to view the
Featherdale Wildlife Park
217-229 Kildare Rd, DOONSIDE
NSW 2767 Ph: 02 9622 1644 Fax: 02 9671 4140
A natural bushland park, home to one of Australias largest collection of native animals,
including 30 endangered species. There are face-to-face
encounters with kangaroos, wallabies, and emus. Facilities include cafe,
souvenir shop, shady picnic areas with BBQs.
Feed, Walk and Talk Tour
Koala Hospital & Study Center Roto House
Koala Preservation Society of NSW Inc
Macquarie Nature Reserve, Lord St, PORT MACQUARIE NSW 2444
Ph: 02 6584 1522
Tours are conducted every
afternoon at 3 pm with a volunteer conducting the walk around the outside yards
informing visitors of the history, the individual koalas, why they are there and
what is being done for them.
With between 200 and 250 koalas are admitted through the hospital annually,
relying on volunteers and monies raised to keep the hospital open. Your donation
with the Adopt a Koala will help support the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie.
Koala Park Sanctuary
84 Castle Hill Road, WEST PENNANT
HILLS NSW 2125
Ph: 02 9484 3141 Fax: 02 9484 8009
The Sanctuary is nestled within the lush tall timbers of the affluent
residential Hills district of Northern Sydney, set amongst 10 acres of natural
eucalyptus trees favoured by the koala. Absorb the Australian bush sounds and
aromas inside the forest canopy and open-range wildlife zones to explore,
interact and discover your own wildlife encounter in a sustainable habitat for
Australian wildlife and culture. The Sanctuary supports a large number of koala
families and a number of other Australian wildlife including kangaroos,
wallabies, wombats, dingoes, possums, penguins, flying foxes, emus, echidnas,
cassowaries, wedge tail eagles, cockatoos etc.
222 Tomakin Rd, MOGO NSW 2536
Ph: 02 4474 4930 Fax: 02 4474 4855
Mogo zoo is a privately owned zoo situate 10 km south of Batemans Bay in the
picturesque and historic gold mining village of Mogo.
We are an organisation committed to the survival of endangered animals and
provide world standard facilities for over 100 animals of more than 38 rare and
exotic species, including the rare white lions of Timbavati.
As an institutional member of ARAZPA (Australasian Regional Association of
Zoological Parks and Aquariums), we work closely with all major Australasian
zoos, cooperating in various Species Management Programs. We are also actively
involved in many global breeding programs.
Come and visit our tourism award winning zoo.
Rockhill Rd, NORTH NOWRA NSW 2541 Ph: 02 4421 3949
largest native animal park on the NSW South Coast. Set on 16 acres of native
bushland on the banks of the Shoalhaven River, there are over 100 species of
animals birds and reptiles.
Oakvale Farm & Fauna
Nelson Bay Rd, SALT ASH NSW 2318
Ph: 02 4982 6222
Fax: 02 4982 6097
Open from 10 am to 5 pm Daily with our feeding shows at 11 am and 2 pm every
Wildlife Park. Get up close and
personal with some of Australias most amazing native and farm animals. Then
enjoy a picnic, use our free gas barbeque facilities or visit our kiosk.
At Oakvale Farm you can experience 150 different species of native and farm
animals while you feed, pat and walk with the animals. You'll be amazed at what
you will find Oakvale Farm and Fauna World!
Taronga Park Zoo
Bradleys Head Rd, MOSMAN NSW 2088 Ph:
+61 2 9969 2777 (General Enquiries)
Ph: +61 2 9978 4782 (Tourism) Fax: +61 2 9969 7515
Located on the shores of Sydney Harbour and only 12 minutes by ferry
from Circular Quay.
Western Plains Zoo
Obley Rd, Dubbo NSW 2830
Ph: 02 6882 5888 / +61 2 6881 1400 (General
Fax: 02 6884 1722
Opened in February 1977, the animals are displayed in large open exhibits
in natural habitats.
Zoofari Lodge Ph: 1300 720 018
A unique retreat in the grounds of Western Plains Zoo. Your stay includes
guided day and night behind-the-scenes tours, accommodation in
African-style tented lodges, meals, zoo entry and bicycle hire. Bookings
Early Morning Zoo Walks
Walks commences at 6:45 am and there is no need to book, just arrive at
the main gate of the zoo at the right time and on the nominated walk days.
You can conclude with an optional breakfast. After breakfast
youre free to continue exploring the zoo.
Symbio Wildlife Gardens
7-11 Lawrence Hargrave Drv, STANWELL
TOPS NSW 2058
Ph: +61 2 4294 1244 Fax: +61 2 4294 1734
Only 45 minutes south of
Sydney, this wildlife zoo is designed
to give hands-on experience. Set in 16 acres of natural bushland,
there are a huge variety of animals from native, farmyard and
exotics that the visitor can experience that include koalas, wallaroos, red
kangaroos, swamp wallabies, emus, echidnas, wombats and dingos.
For those into reptiles, there are non-venomous snakes, as well as a
variety of lizards, turtles, and the awesome lace Monitors. There
are daily demonstrations, talks, coffee shop, kiosk, picnic areas,
BBQ, and swimming pools.
Pinch Wildlife Park MERIMBULA NSW 2548
Ph: 02 6494 9225 Fax:
02 6494 9559
Situated in a natural, peaceful bushland setting and only
five minute drive north of Merimbula on the Princes Highway. There are
plenty of activities for adults and children alike, a train ride around
the Park, and a chance to handle Australian snakes and lizards.
In pursuit of the perfect zoo.
The Zoological Parks Board of News South Wales govern both Taronga
and Western Plains Zoos.
To visit the wildlife reserves, zoos, parks and aquariums, check the listings
under each state and territory. For listing of websites dealing with marsupials,
mammals, birds and other fauna, check out the listings below and those listed
and throughout this site.
Birdwatching in NSW
A directory of New South Wales and
Australian Capital Territory bird watching tours, bird clubs,
freelance-guides, bird-orientated accommodation and reference
LAOKO (Looking After Our Kosciuszko Orphans)
JINDABYNE NSW 2627
Ph: 02 6456 1313
Based in Jindabyne and
handles the Snowy River Shire, the Cooma Monaro Shire and most of the Kosciuszko
National Parks & Wildlife Service
living with wildlife section with some useful info.
Wildlife Information and Rescue Service (WIRES)
Freecall: 1800 641 188
(Country) Ph: 02 8977 3333 (Sydney)
The largest wildlife rescue organisation in Australia. Established since 1985, a
non-profit, non-political organisation, with branches operating across NSW and
with hundreds of volunteer who rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured or
orphaned native wildlife.
If you find an injured or orphaned native animal, handle it as little
as possible, follow the simple
aid steps and call WIRES 1800 641 188 or your local wildlife rescue
organization straight away.
Branches link to view your nearest contact.