Have you ever met a real bilby in the bush?
You can do this at Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, it’s just north of Sydney and a good spot to have close encounters of the cute and furry kind, without breaking the bank.
Before we visited, we had a good look at the website, which is very comprehensive and well laid out. So the kids were excited and ready for some animal adventures.
Even on a rather grey and damp day, we had a good time there, an easy day out from our home on the north side of Sydney.
This wildlife park is home to Australian native flora and fauna and provides even very young children with an opportunity to meet their favourite furry frends close up. Indeed nose to nose in some cases.
Situated north of Sydney, about an hours drive up the F3, the park makes a fun daytrip or a great stop off for families driving home after a visit to the Central Coast.
Approximately 180 species of animal and bird live in the park, many can be seen in the wild although some species are kept in enclosures too. There are some lovely walks though the park, as the name suggests, and several Aboriginal art and settlement sites can be visited.
Unfortunately the walks are not very suitable for strollers so babies and toddlers will need to be popped in a backpack – unless you have a really hardy three-wheleer. Ask the park staff for advice.
There is a café and picnic tables/BBQ area. Some very friendly emus stroll around here and wallabies hop by.
On weekends and in school holidays rangers provide many activities like boomerang throwing and ochre face painting, plus bush tucker and bush medicine workshops. There are information talks on many animals plus regular feeding times which are always popular with the little ones.
Café: Yes, check website for opening hours as shorter than park opening hours.
Shop: Yes, small one, food for animals is sold
Extra: There are various walks, very useful maps explain the routes and what can be seen. These range from a short animal loop walk of 15 minutes to the longest which is 90 minutes, add more time the younger the kids!
Parking: Free car park
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park
Cnr Darkinjung Road and Peats Ridge Road, Calga, NSW
Ph: 02 4375 1100 www.walkaboutpark.com.au
Open: 9am – 5pm daily except Christmas Day