Koala Park Sanctuary

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Entrance to the Koala Park
By far, one of the greatest days ever!

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.
Our first friend at the Koala Park - a wombat!
  Immediately upon entering the park, we were greeted by a wombat!  He/she was in an enclosure that had an open top, with a pretty short fence, so while we couldn't actually play with it, we got pretty close...it was a lot bigger than I expected.

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.
It reminded me of Stitch from "Lilo and Stitch" =)


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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Entrance to the Koala Park
Entrance to the Koala Park
Our first friend at the Koala Park…
Our first friend at the Koala Par…
It reminded me of Stitch from Lil…
It reminded me of Stitch from "Li…
Peacocks, just wandering around
Peacocks, just wandering around
Dingos!
Dingos!
Mom near the dingo enclosure
Mom near the dingo enclosure
Dingos!
Dingos!
The rooster that attacked me for g…
The rooster that attacked me for …
The wallaby we fed
The wallaby we fed
Feeding the wallaby
Feeding the wallaby
Feeding the wallaby
Feeding the wallaby
Wallaby!
Wallaby!
That wretched rooster followed us …
That wretched rooster followed us…
Blue penguins
Blue penguins
Wallaroos
Wallaroos
Trying to get a picture of us with…
Trying to get a picture of us wit…
Mom, communing with the koalas
Mom, communing with the koalas
Koalas!
Koalas!
Koalas!
Koalas!
Flying foxes - I really like bats.…
Flying foxes - I really like bats…
Binni the koala and her handler
Binni the koala and her handler
Hugging a koala!
Hugging a koala!
Mom, petting the koala
Mom, petting the koala
In love with the koala =)
In love with the koala =)
Koalas playing in the trees =)
Koalas playing in the trees =)
Feeding kangaroos!
Feeding kangaroos!
Feeding kangaroos!
Feeding kangaroos!
Feeding a kangaroo!
Feeding a kangaroo!
Mom with a kangaroo
Mom with a kangaroo
Mom with a kangaroo
Mom with a kangaroo
Mom with a kangaroo
Mom with a kangaroo
Mom with the kangaroos
Mom with the kangaroos
Emus...
Emus...
Slightly scary-looking emu...
Slightly scary-looking emu...
With an emu
With an emu
Feeding kangaroos!
Feeding kangaroos!
West Pennant Hills Sights & Attractions review
Cuddling with Koalas
This was definitely my favorite experience during my trip to Sydney. It costs AUD 19 to get into the park, which isn't a lot of money, but you also n… read entire review
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