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Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park

Park / October 18, 2017

Open every day except Christmas Day.

Open every day from 9am to 5pm.

No booking is required for normal park entry.

We do open for private bookings outside of these days and times:

Evening, overnight and early morning ranger-led programs, as well as private group programs, can be booked outside of opening days and hours. This is by prior arrangement, prices on application, and bookings are essential.

Closed Days:

The ONLY day that we would normally be closed is Christmas Day.

Unusual "closed" days:

Since we opened in 2005, we have had to close Walkabout Park on only one other day. This was on January 18th 2013 when Sydney experienced it's hottest day on record! Temperatures at Walkabout Park reached 48 degrees Celsius at 3:40pm. Rangers worked from 5am well into the night to keep the animals alive, packing their dens with fresh ice every two hours, moving animals that became too stressed into an airconditioned unit, and hosing down the free-ranging kangaroos, emus and birds (and themselves). The public were wonderful, dropping off bags of ice and bottles of frozen water throughout the day. One person brought us one frozen bottle - it was all she had in the freezer when she heard the call go out over the local radio station. Another person brought us 15 bags of ice that his wife sent him to buy for us from the local petrol station. Every bottle and ice-block counted and saved lives that day. Thanks to the rangers and our generous supporters, not one animal was lost.

Times for talks, tours, activities and animal encounters:

9:30am to 4:15pm join in our ranger-led talks, activities and animal encounters.

Please note that we are a real working wildlife sanctuary and, as such, conditions can be unpredictable. We always put our animals' wellbeing first, second only to public safety. Very occassionally we have to change (or even cancel) some of our ranger-led activities with little or no notice when our rangers must attend to unexpected emergencies and so cannot mantain the regular program. This, however, is extremely rare. For example, in 2013, of our almost 5, 000 ranger-led activities, fewer than 50 talks - i.e. less than 1% - were affected.

Ranger-led program prices
DAILY SCHEDULE: Ranger-led talks, activities and encounters approximately every half hour

This is included in your gate entry fee. There is no additional charge. Please note that, although this program runs almost every day, it is not guaranteed. Very occasionally we may have to change, or extremely rarely we may even have to cancel, part or all of the program.

SPEED DATING: 10 minutes ranger-led animal encounter with a koala or other animal outside of normal viewing times

$33 for you and your friends (groups of up to 6 people). This is subject to ranger availability. Please ask at reception.

PERSONAL RANGER: Your own Personal Ranger to give you a special introduction to the animals, or to visit the Aboriginal sites, or learn about bush tucker

$110 per hour for you and your friends (groups of up to 6 people). This is subject to ranger availability - pre-booking and pre-payment usually required - call (02) 43751100 Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm. Occassionally we may have a ranger available even if you have not pre-booked. Please ask at reception.