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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Urmenyhazi

Australian Wildlife Tours - Walkabout Park

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

Looking for Australian wildlife tours? Walkabout Park lets you have one of the most authentic wildlife experiences Australia has to offer. It's also one of the featured stops on our tour.

Only an hour's drive from Sydney, you know you're getting close to the park when you cross the mighty Hawkesbury River. With national parks on all sides, this ancient wilderness is Darkinjung and Guringai land, and a home to a huge variety of animals - birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles.

Picture of a woman smiling with a koala

The geographic isolation of Australia has helped the evolution of unique animals that can only be found within our shores. Walkabout Park is home to a huge range of these animals, but the best part is that it's unlike a typical zoo, as it's set in 80 acres of bushland.

Walkabout Park is a working wildlife sanctuary. It was established to breed and care for endangered animals. It also plays a significant role as a learning centre for local school students, scouts and international students.

It's only here in Sydney that you can meet and pat kangaroos, emus and wallabies, all roaming free in the Australian bush. There are also natural camps that house koalas, wombats, Tasmanian devils, dingoes, flying foxes, echidnas, pythons, cockatoos and all their feathered, furry, scaly and spiky friends.

Explore the myriad of walking tracks that meander through the rich Aboriginal landscape. I often take my guests for a short walk to see the ancient Aboriginal sites, with carvings and hand stencils in caves. If we're very lucky, we might have the friendly local emu "Happy Feet" chaparone and walk with us through the bush.

My tour usually arrives in the morning, and guests can stay for as long as they want. Guests often enjoy just sitting peacefully amongst the resting kangaroos and wallabies.

Walkabout Park is not a tourist-heavy, commercial venture. There are no concreted pathways, so strollers and wheelchairs may not have access to all parts of the park. This is the real Australian bush.

I've been coming to Walkabout Park for many years, as it's "just up the road" from my home (just up the road means a 20-minute drive in Australia). I occasionally make videos for the park, like the video above. I'm also good friends with the owners and staff, who do a fantastic job caring for the animals and the environment.

Walkabout Park is a very special place for me.

All my guests on the NATURE AND WILDLIFE BIG DAY OUT tour get free admission to the park.

Walkabout Park is located at: 1 Darkinjung Road, corner of Peats Ridge Road, Calga. Ph: +61 2 4375 1100 Website:

Montage of tour photos with text on the right


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