Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary

Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary is a national treasure. Founded in 1969, by Dr John Wamsley, the Sanctuary is secured by what is widely regarded as the world’s first feral proof fence. That means all the Australian native animals living at the Sanctuary are safe from cats and foxes.

Conveniently located in the Adelaide Hills, Warrawong is most probably home to the only remaining platypus on mainland South Australia, as the last confirmed sighting on the mainland was in 1975. The Sanctuary is also home to an abundance of other wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, bandicoots… In addition, over 100 species of birds have been sighted at Warrawong. The Sanctuary is the perfect destination for those who wish to see Australian animals in their natural environments.

Guided tours, behind the scenes encounters, and other amazing experiences are all available, when booked in advance. See our Meet the Animals page for a full list of experiences. Of course, if you can’t make it to the Sanctuary, we can being the Sanctuary to you. With Warrawong2U, we can bring a fascinating array of our Ambassador animals to your school, home, office, or special event. We bring the wildlife to you.

The Shed Café, with floor to ceiling windows, is an ideal spot for lunch and quiet reflection.

The Warrawong Koala encounter enables participants to feed and pat Australia’s most loved and iconic animal. This special, behind-the-scenes encounter is an absolute must for international visitors.

The Warrawong Koala encounter enables participants to feed and pat Australia’s most loved and iconic animal. This special, behind-the-scenes encounter is an absolute must for international visitors. Feeding our resident koalas is a rewarding activity and an excellent opportunity for a nature selfie. This encounter is everything fun and furry that Australia has to offer. Most importantly, our koalas are rescued animals that cannot be released into the wild. Therefore, when you book a Koala Encounter, you’re helping to save Australian wildlife and provide them with a safe and secure home.

The fee for all Warrawong encounters includes admission into the Sanctuary.

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