Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary is an Australian conservation icon, nestled in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. The land, a dairy at the time, was originally purchased in 1969 by environmentalist John Wamsley. Dr Wamsley converted the paddocks into five native habitats, including rainforest and wetlands. He protected these habitats with a 2 metre high, feral-proof fence.
Warrawong is now a safe haven for all manner of rare and endangered native wildlife. Kids in Adelaide are so happy to be one of the sponsors of Warrawong and you’ll see our logo right there at the entrance! We’re kinda chuffed about that!
It is also the only place on the South Australian mainland where the elusive platypus live and breed naturally.
Other wildlife includes Koalas, Potoroos, Bandicoots, Bettongs, Kangaroos, Emus, Wallabies, Snakes, Lizards and more. Over 100 bird species have been spotted at the Sanctuary.
It’s such a beautiful spot to walk around. We took our pram, and although there are a few stairs to navigate it was definitely do-able. If bubs will go in a baby carrier instead that would be ideal.
Kids will love wandering around the tracks that criss cross the park. Upon arriving at Warrawong we were told that this is an animal sanctuary…not a zoo, so not to expect to see animals in cages. Some days you’ll see lots of animals….other days maybe not so many. We were told to look up, look down, look behind and see how many of the different animals we could find. We turned it into a game of “animal spotto” which was fun
There’s always a hands-on experience to be had at Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary. Don’t miss the wildlife show at 2pm. It’s very hands on!
The Shed coffee lounge is open 7 days a week. Sit by the floor to ceiling windows and enjoy watching the beautiful birdlife. Kids LOVE this area! The Shed coffee lounge serves delicious light meals, great coffee and yummy cakes and slices. They even have honey crackles….YUM
During School Holidays Warrawong run a very popular “Keeper for a Day” program that we’ve heard really great feedback on.
Open to children 6 to 16 years of age, this incredible, behind-the-scenes experience allows young animal lovers to feed, pat, hold, and care for a huge range of animals at the Sanctuary. Places are limited though with only 5 children per day able to participate so book in quickly, they fill up fast.
More info and online bookings at www.warrawongws.com.au/meet-the-animal/junior-keeper
If you can’t make it to the Sanctuary, you won’t miss out. They can bring the Sanctuary to you. Warrawong2U is a mobile wildlife sanctuary, where they bring native animals to schools, birthday parties, community groups, businesses, functions, and events.
Camping at Warrawong
Did you know you can now also camp the night at Warrawong! Overnight camps require a minimum of 8 people and includes your very own wildlife show and dusk guided walk!
B.Y.O tent and bedding required. Hot showers, BBQ and camp fire available for use.
As with all things Warrawong, it’s educational, it’s entertaining. Now that’s “edu-tainment”!
Weekdays: 10am – 4pm Weekends, School & Public Holidays: 9am – 5pm
Warrawong2U Bookings: https://bit.ly/w2ubooking
Junior Keeper Experience Bookings: www.warrawongws.com.au/meet-the-animal/junior-keeper
Raptor Encounter Bookings: https://bit.ly/raptorranger
General Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org