The next Parks in Sydney we are visiting is the Koala Park Sanctuary on Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills. The Koala Park was started in 1920 and officially opened in 1930, it is a quaint family owned park. The founder Noel Burnet was shocked at the number of koalas that were killed for the fur export trade and so created a safe environment for them.
The Koala Park Sydney is a great place for tourists to visit there are all sorts of native animals and birds to see. These include koalas, kangaroos, dingoes, possums, wombats, wallabies, echidnas, penguins, flying foxes, emus, cassowaries, parrots and cockatoos. The day we were there we were walking towards the penguin enclosure and turned around and a Koala was walking behind us. The koala was so cute and seemed to know exactly where he was going, he was not fazed by the people around him.
There are four time slots during the day when there is a koala presentation. The presenter will give a talk on the koala’s and will answer any of your questions. You can also pat the koala and if you have a camera you can have your picture taken with a koala.
There is also a penguin feeding and a wombat presentation. The time table can be found at the The Koala Park Sanctuary Website. At the Stockman’s Camp you will see sheep shearing, sheep dogs at work and a boomerang demonstration.
Koalas are a marsupial, they have a backward facing pouch. The gestation period is 35 days and the young are born in a immature state and further develop in their mothers pouch. The baby stays in the pouch for 6 months and then spends a further 6 months on their mothers back.
Koalas can be found in the bush in eastern Australia, they live in trees and only eat leaves from the eucalyptus trees. Not all eucalyptus trees are suitable for Koalas, there are twelve varieties of eucalyptus trees that they can eat.
Koalas usually sleep during the day and become active before sunset.
At the Koala Park Sydney there are two yards where you can walk amongst the kangaroos and wallabies. The kangaroos and wallabies can be hand fed, which the children love. We saw a couple of joeys in their mothers pouch, one had its face out and the other its long legs were hanging out, it was really cute.
There are picnic tables where you can enjoy your picnic lunch. The kiosk has a variety of foods and there is a restaurant where you can enjoy an Aussie BBQ and of course the souvenir shop. The park is wheelchair friendly and there are toilet facilities.
There is parking at the Koala Park, you can also travel by train to Pennant Hills Station and get the Hills Bus to the Koala Park. There are also daily coach tours to the park.
Directions go to Google Map – Koala Park Sydney.
Kerry – Parks in Sydney.