Koala Park Sanctuary
West Pennant Hills Travel Blog› entry 2 of 12 › view all entries
January 14th, 2009 – by: alygally
We woke up fairly early, and headed out to the Koala Park Sanctuary outside of town. (My mom kept calling it the "Koala Farm." I keep correcting her, letting her know that they don't actually harvest koalas there, but she insists...) =) We spent a while trying to figure out just how to get out there, and finally decided to take a train. That was a great idea - since it was about 8.00, we got to see everyone going to work, and I didn't feel like such a horrific tourist. =)
At the Pennant Hills station, we got off and found a bus that took us out to the Sanctuary. After roughly an hour and a half of traveling, we finally made it! I was expecting it to be a bit hokey, but I was entirely wrong! At the gate, we opted to buy some kangaroo food, which turned out to be a fantastic idea.
We had some time before the koala feeding/petting time, so we wandered around a bit. Things just kept getting better and better! Peacocks strutted around in front of us, dingos played in their pens not five feet away, and wallabies basekd in the sun. It didn't feel like a zoo, where the animals always seem caged and sad, in my opinion.
We fed a swamp wallaby at one point - again, like the wombat, it was behind a small fence, but it came over and ate off of Mom's shoe. =) Another wallaby was resting in the shade of a tree, totally out in the open! When I tried to get a little closer, though, this rooster comes out of nowhere and attacks me! That wretched thing followed us until we got further away - it was almost like it was protecting the wallaby.
Just when we thought things couldn't get any better, we stumbled upon two koalas sitting in a tree, right in front of us. We watched them play for a bit, then wandered some more and found kookaburras, wallaroos, and flying foxes.
Around 10.15, we walked over to where the koala feeding was going to be, in order to get a good seat. They were in an enclosure that had a few eucalyptus trees, and there were at least a dozen of them just sleeping up there! There was a handler getting one of the koalas ready, and she let us play with her for a few minutes! So fantastic, because we didn't have to deal with other people - we had as much quality time with her as we wanted. She was so fuzzy! The fur was pretty thick, and she was a lot smaller than I thought she'd be, but fantastic, nevertheless.
THEN (yes, there's more), we found an enclosure of grey kangaroos, which was a bit like a petting zoo. We got to walk right in and hang out with them! We also fed them, and they came up and ate out of our hands! Wow.
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