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Symbio Wildlife Park Helensburgh

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Symbio Wildlife Park
Lawrence Hargrave Drive
Helensburgh
NSW
2508
Tel: 02 4294 1244

Directions

The park is just 45 minutes south of Sydney, 15 minutes south of Sutherland, and 5 minutes from Waterfall.

If you follow the Princes Highway until it connects with the Sydney / Wollongong Freeway, look for the Helensburgh / Stanwell Park turn off and follow the Symbio signs after that.

Where are we going today?

Symbio Wildlife Park is more than a zoo.  Here, kids won't just wander round looking at animals from behind bars, not really getting a great view.  Here, they can actually experience the animals first hand!

Have you ever had the chance to pat a koala? At the Koala Encounters those over 8 years old can get right up to these iconic and very sweet creatures, and even pat one, as well as getting your photo taken!

Think dingos are vicious creatures? This might change your mind, because all of those kids over 12 can actually interact with them, and take them for their daily walk around the park - just like walking the dog!

Have you ever even seen a meerkat let along fed one? For those over 8, the Meerkat encounters will let you feed, touch and have your photo taken with these super sweet animals!

Kids can also experience the beautiful yet endangered Red Pandas, as well as those little scamps the Little Monkeys - some of the smallest primates in the world!

All of the encounters are at an extra fee, but are amazing experiences for kids to learn about the animals and actually touch them! 

If you really loved animals you can opt to be a keeper for the day, and get an insight into the daily life of those friendly and lucky staff who get to spend their days with the animals - so YOU will even get to work with them! 

If you didn't want to participate in the private encounters, you can still enjoy the various animal presentations and feeding sessions where kids can learn all about the animals and see them enjoy their dinner. 

They would also be more than happy for you to celebrate your birthday there, where you can have a private encounter with a small scaly or furry animal! Pretty cool!

Oh - did we mention there is a pool there?  There is! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$27
  • Children$15 (Ages 3 - 15)
  • Free Under: 3 years old
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

9:30am - 5pm daily

Closed Christmas Day, and reduced hours on Anzac Day.

Teachers corner

Junior Keeper Camp is a great way for those kids who really enjoyed the experience to get a more in-depth experience with the animals. This is open for kids between the ages of 7 and 12, and it lasts 5 hours. .

I'm Hungry!

Snacks and refreshments can be bought on site, but feel free to bring your own lunch and enjoy it in one of the undercover shelters, or even enjoy it poolside! .

Any Top Tips?

The Happy Snap Animal Encounter allows you to have your photo taken with koalas, alligators and snakes! Wah! .

Can I get one of those?

If you have saved up all your cents and have been good, you might be able to take something home from the gift shop, which have soft toys, school stationery and other fun toys and gift ideas! .

What people are saying?

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    Love a zoo - and our kids share this enthusiasm. Symbio wildlife park is much like a zoo - a small, but thankfully growing area of enclosures and habitats. The service here is outstanding - see photo of young lady giving us the two thumbs up. We were told the camera equipment had broken - so koala encounters were to be photographed on our "devices". Everyone has a phone these days with a camera in it - so not really a big problem. The keeper took a tremendous family shot - our son was hiding around the back. I managed to get a few good shots of...Read More

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    For families that want a way for the young ones to get up close and personal with Kangaroos, Wallabies and Koalas this is a good alternative to Taronga Zoo or Featherdale Wildlife Park. The park itself is quite small, but this is what attracted us to it, it meant we could get from one enclosure to the next without a big hike like at Taronga.

    There is more variety of animals than at Featherdale and the Kangaroo/Wallaby feeding area is really good for kids of all ages.

    They are currently expanding at the time of writing this review and will soon...Read More

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    Symbio Wildlife Park is a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon when looking to be close to Australia's wildlife. Every time I have visitors from overseas I take them to Symbio for them to interact with Emus and have a close look at a Huntsman spider :)

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    We had a great time. Our two sons loved the animals.. especially the meerkats, red pandas, tigers, and patting the kangaroos. There are lots of others animals. Looking forward to the finished refurbs

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    There was a lot of construction going on when I was there (December 2013) and it seemed very overpriced for what it was. The native wildlife feeding was quite limited (only kangaroos and wallabies) and the koala interaction was only petting them while they sat on artificial trees (I remember holding them when I can on a primary school trip in the 80's). The staff weren't particularly friendly and not very informative.

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by Steve Campbell Grant

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Love a zoo - and our kids share this enthusiasm. Symbio wildlife park is much like a zoo - a small, but thankfully growing area of enclosures and habitats. The service here is outstanding - see photo of young lady giving us the two thumbs up. We were told the camera equipment had broken - so koala encounters were to be photographed on our "devices". Everyone has a phone these days with a camera in it - so not really a big problem. The keeper took a tremendous family shot - our son was hiding around the back. I managed to get a few good shots of the wildlife on my own - but I was really impressed by my daughters image of the praying mantis. Which she took at the well appointed lunch area. 
Some of the facilities may have been a bit old and rusted, but this did little to dampen our enthusiasm for feeding the kangaroos and the goats. This feeding the goats made for quite the funny gif - hahaha! 
The tiger feeding was both fascinating and sad. Tigers may just fall into extinction if we as consumers don't do something to reduce the demand for Palm oil. It's the production of Palm oil that destroys the tigers habitat in Sumatra. Don't miss the reptile show - the keepers at Symbio are passionate about their jobs - and it was abundantly clear in the presentation. My lovely wife +Sandra Grant came face to face with a Burmese Python - one of the largest snakes - and recoiled in horror. As you would. 
Well worth the trip - especially if you live on the south west side of Sydney. 

by Khiem Luu

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For families that want a way for the young ones to get up close and personal with Kangaroos, Wallabies and Koalas this is a good alternative to Taronga Zoo or Featherdale Wildlife Park. The park itself is quite small, but this is what attracted us to it, it meant we could get from one enclosure to the next without a big hike like at Taronga.

There is more variety of animals than at Featherdale and the Kangaroo/Wallaby feeding area is really good for kids of all ages.

They are currently expanding at the time of writing this review and will soon have a new Africa (Lemur) enclosure.

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