Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park ~ Phone: (02) 43751100
Our Address ~ 1 Darkinjung Road, cnr Peats Ridge Road, Calga NSW, Australia 2250 ~
info @walkaboutpark.com.au

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Volunteers Make a Difference!

At Walkabout Park we depend on the support of people, like you, who understand the true meaning of conservation. Our resources are stretched. We do not have access to government funding for the conservation work that we do. So we cannot take care of our precious animals, our pristine bushland and our significant cultural heritage sites without the generosity of those who give their time and effort in a variety of activities which directly and indirectly support our conservation activities.

Volunteer at Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park.

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Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park is a unique natural bush wildlife sanctuary.

Although nestled in true blue unspoiled Australian bush, the sanctuary is located only 50 minutes drive north of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and only 15 minutes from the train station at Gosford.

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park's purpose is to provide a sanctuary for native Australian animals. It is a place where these animals can roam freely in their natural habitat, protected from introduced predators such as foxes and cats. The Walkabout Park team believes it is usually unnecessary to confine an animal to a cage, and strives to provide each animal with as much freedom to as possible. The thousands of creatures hopping, flying, slithering and running through our pristine bushland have access to their natural food and shelter, as well as to supplementary feeding and veterinary care when needed. Those animals that must be in enclosures for legal or safety reasons receive the benefit of a naturalistic environment and enrichment programs to maintaine their natural behaviours and ensure they remain healthy and stress free.

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park is engaged in breeding programs for rare, vulnerable and endangered species. Walkabout Park is also a refuge for rehabilitated injured and orphaned animals, treated and raised by professional carers but unable for various reasons to be re-released into the wild. Many of these animals have learned to trust humans and their wild counterparts often follow their lead, freely choosing to interact with rangers, volunteers and visitors.

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park is in the process of being registered as "An Aboriginal Place". The team is privileged to be the custodian of ancient Aboriginal heritage sites and the wealth of native plants which provided indigenous Australians with bush tucker and bush medicine for countless generations. Located in the traditional country of the Darkinjung and Guringai people, Walkabout Park is home to some of the most accessible protected sites of Aboriginal rock engravings and cave stencil paintings in New South Wales. With the permission of the indigenous community to take people to these sites, our rangers are able to enlighten and broaden the knowledge of our visitors about the culture and way of life of the Darkinjung and Guringai people who lived in this area for thousands of years.

The word Wollemi comes from an Aboriginal word meaning "Stop! Look around You". This reflects the mission of the Walkabout Park team. In 2010 the Walkabout Park team planted the largest Wollemi Pine colony in Australia, right here at Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park. The project was undertaken in assistance from students of the Bankstown TAFE and in partnership with UNEP and Planet Ark, consistent with the objective to preserve our environment for future generations to enjoy and appreciate. 

We have various Volunteer Programs, so it is likely we have a program that will suit you.

At Walkabout Park we depend on the support of people, like you, who understand the true meaning of conservation. Our resources are stretched. We do not have access to government funding for the conservation work that we do. So we cannot take care of our precious animals, our pristine bushland and our significant cultural heritage sites without the generosity of those who give their time and effort in a variety of activities which directly and indirectly support our conservation activities.

The Green Lion

One of our volunteer programs is run in partnerhsip with "The Green Lion, Australia". If you are enrolled on a Green Lion program, you can complete your weekly feedback forms here. pdf file

Community Volunteers

Program is one or more days per week. Includes volunteers across areas not directly related to animal care, such as in customer care, the cafe, field and building maintenance, bush care, marketing and administration.

Australian TAFE and University Student Trainees needing Practical Experience

Traineeship is usually 2 days per week for the duration of the Degree or Certificate being studied. Includes Certificates II, III and IV in Captive Animal Care, various Science and Conservation Degrees, as well as Tourism and Marketing Certificates and Degrees. Volunteers may be accepted into either the General or the Animal Care volunteer streams, depending on their field of study.

International University Student Interns (usually Residential)

We do accept students who speak very little English. Internship is usually 5 days per week for between 4 weeks and 4 months. This may include the requirement that the student complete a Project of Work for their University. Includes Agricutural Engineering, Conservation Science, Zoology, Marketing and Design, Tourism and other relevant Degrees. Volunteers may be accepted into either the General or the Animal Care volunteer streams, depending on their field of study.

International Cultural Exchange Volunteers

Program is usually 5 days per week for between 4 weeks and 4 months. Includes international visitors with organisations such AFS, an international exchange organisation for students and adults. Volunteers may be accepted into either the General or the Animal Care volunteer streams, depending on their field of study.

Individuals not at Uni or TAFE but wanting to learn how to care for native and farm animals

Traineeship is usually 3 days per week for 18 to 24 months.

Groups doing short term Conservation Volunteering (usually Residential)

Program is usually 2 to 4 weeks and through a 'Conservation Volunteers' organisation. Program is usually focussed on a number of finite projects such as fox-proof fence maintenance, path building and enclosure building or refurnishing. Includes organisations such as International Student Volunteers (ISV).

Returning Volunteers

Walkabout Park regularly hosts volunteers returning for a second or subsequent period at which time, knowing each other well, the program may be tailored for the individual.

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Opening times

Open every day except Christmas Day.eee

Day time visitors do not need to book

Open at 9am - Every day

Close at 5pm - Every day

Evening and overnight experiences 
must be pre-booked

Contact us

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park

1 Darkinjung Road, cnr Peats Ridge Road, Calga, NSW Australia 2250 • Phone (02) 43751100 • Outside Aus +61 2 43751100 • Fax (02) 43751257

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Park Entry Prices

For group programs or for a private ranger-led tour, contact us for a quote.

Standard Tickets
$25.00
$15.00
Adult
Child - aged 3 to 15 years
   
Family Discounts
$70.00
$10.00
Family - 2 adults + 2 children
Extra child - with $70 Family Pass
   
Free Entry - eligibility conditions apply
No charge
No charge
Child - aged 0 to 2 years
Carer with Companion Card - accompanying disabled client
   
$20 Discount Tickets - must show ID Card
Teacher
Student
Senior
Pensioner
20% off Standard Adult Rate
20% off Standard Adult Rate
20% off Standard Adult Rate
20% off Standard Adult Rate

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Ranger-led activities

Admission price includes daily ranger-led activities.

Please check with us as program may change.

 

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3:45
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Meet Waffles the Pig
Meet the mob: Kangaroos & Emus
Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat

Boomerang throwing
Dingo encounter
Koala encounter
Pat a Python
Echidna encounter
Night Hunters - Predator Birds

Tasmanian Devil encounter
Koala feed-time
Bare-Nosed Wombat encounter
Bush Tucker & Bush Medicine
Aboriginal Sites visit (only on
weekends & holidays)

Meet the mob: Kangaroos & Emus
Flying Fox introduction

0:00 Wild Emu and Kangaroo Feeding
10:30 Meet Billy Bilby
11:00 Koala Talk
11:30 Meet a Dingo
12:00 Boomerang Throwing
12:30 Pat a Python
1:00 Bush Tucker & Bush Medicine (weekends & holidays only)
1.00 Bush-Ochre Face Painting and Bunny Fun in the Farmyard
1:45 Lizards, Turtles and Dragons
2:15 Tazzie Devil Feeding 
2.30 Quoll Feeding
2:45 Koala Feeding
3:15 Flying Fox Feeding
3:30 Wombat Feeding
4:00 Wild Emu and Kangaroo Feeding
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