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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, Aquariums

Australian Reptile Park
• Pacific Hwy, SOMERSBY NSW 2250 • Ph: 02 4340 1022 • Email

• 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.
Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park • Calga Springs SanctuaryAustralian Walkabout Wildlife Park
• Calga Springs Sanctuary, Darkinjung Rd
(off Peats Ridge Rd), CALGA NSW 2250 • Ph: 02 4375 1100 • Email

• 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 menu.
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 Australia’s 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 • Email (online form)
• Details: 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 • Email

• 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.
Mogo ZooMogo Zoo
• 222 Tomakin Rd, MOGO NSW 2536
• Ph: 02 4474 4930 • Fax: 02 4474 4855 • Email

• 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.
Nowra Wildlife Park
• Rockhill Rd, NORTH NOWRA NSW 2541 • Ph: 02 4421 3949

• The 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 World
• Nelson Bay Rd, SALT ASH NSW 2318 • Ph: 02 4982 6222 • Fax: 02 4982 6097 • Email
• Open from 10 am to 5 pm Daily with our feeding shows at 11 am and 2 pm every day.

• 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 ZooTaronga Park Zoo
• Bradleys Head Rd, MOSMAN NSW 2088 • Ph: +61 2 9969 2777 (General Enquiries) • Email
• Ph: +61 2 9978 4782 (Tourism) • Fax: +61 2 9969 7515 • Email (tourism)

• Located on the shores of Sydney Harbour and only 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay.
Western Plains Zoo logoWestern Plains Zoo
• Obley Rd, Dubbo NSW 2830 • Ph: 02 6882 5888 / +61 2 6881 1400 (General Enquiries)
• Fax: 02 6884 1722 • Email • Email (tourism)

• 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 are essential.
— 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 you’re 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 • Email (online form)

• 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.

Yellow Pinch Wildlife ParkYellow 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.
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New South Wales and Other Fauna Websites - Other Links

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 National section and throughout this site.
Birdwatching AustraliaBirdwatching Australia
• Birdwatching in NSW • Email

• A directory of New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory bird watching tours, bird clubs, freelance-guides, bird-orientated accommodation and reference information.
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 Park.
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
• Has a living with wildlife section with some useful info.
NSW Wildlife Information and Rescue Service (WIRES)NSW Wildlife Information and Rescue Service (WIRES)
• Freecall: 1800 641 188 (Country) • Ph: 02 8977 3333 (Sydney) • Email

• 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 animal first aid steps and call WIRES 1800 641 188 or your local wildlife rescue organization straight away.

Follow the Branches link to view your nearest contact.
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