Symbio Wildlife Park provides the perfect setting to encounter some of Australia’s most famous animals: From koalas to kangaroos, Australia has its share of unique wildlife. Not everyone has the chance to see these animals in the wild, so Symbio Wildlife Park has kindly collected a few for the public to enjoy. This small zoo is the perfect place for kids and adults alike to interact with Australian animals and learn more about the natural world.
Visiting Symbio – a Chance to Meet Australian Animals
Symbio Wildlife Park is located on the South Coast, 45 minutes from Sydney and 15 minutes south of Sutherland. Set amongst natural bush and parklands, it’s the perfect setting to meet some Australian wildlife and enjoy a picnic as well. Open every day (except Christmas) at 9:30am, there’s free parking for those driving or a local bus service that picks up passengers at Helensburgh train station and drops them at the Park entrance.
Symbio’s motto is ‘we’ll get you closer’, and in keeping with this maxim they’ve created plenty of walk-through enclosures where visitors and animals can mingle. One of the more popular areas is the kangaroo walk-through, where free roaming roos will happily hop up to visitors in hope of a feed — special food can be bought at the Park entrance. There are also friendly goats, deer, alpacas, sheep and ponies hoping for a feed.
Some of Symbio’s other Australian animals include wombats, koalas, echidnas, dingos, emus, kookaburras and tassie devils. There’s an Australian bird walk-through, crocodiles, reptiles and plenty of cute monkeys.
Fun for Kids and Adults too
From 11:30am daily there are wildlife shows where keepers entertain visitors with animal facts and the chance for pats and photos. The koala show is always popular, but there are also keeper shows with the meerkats, crocodiles, monkeys and kangaroos to name a few. The times of the shows are posted at the entrance.
One of the advantages of Symbio is that it is small enough to see it all in an hour or two at a fast pace, or it can be lingered over to make it a day’s outing. Those with small children will be able to take it all in without becoming too exhausted, and those with older children will enjoy packing a picnic and taking a dip in Symbio’s swimming pools. Older children will also find the educational aspect of the zoo more interesting. There are small signs on each enclosure with a few animal facts, but the keeper shows provide more information.
Symbio Wildlife Park has many endangered species amongst its collection and is now preparing to welcome two rare Sumatran tigers to the Park mid 2010 – yet another reason to visit!