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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published May 10th 2018
Get closer at Symbio
The last time that we visited the Symbio Wildlife Park was when our kids were about six years old and even though it was a great place to visit back then, there is so much more to see and do now.

Take the time to visit the Symbio Wild Life Park. Image by Gary Brown.

Symbio Wildlife Park is a family owned and operated zoo which is located on the Southern outskirts of Sydney in Helensburgh. It's about an hour drive south of the Sydney CBD and an hour's drive south-west of Parramatta.

Keep an eye out for these little cuties at Symbio. Image by Gary Brown.

If you are coming from Liverpool along the Heathcote Road and then the Princes Highway, it will take you about 46 minutes and if you are travelling up south from Wollongong, it will take you about 30 minutes. Now, this will all depend on the traffic and what time you leave home.

Symbio is open from 9.30am to 5.00pm every day, except Christmas Day, so I would suggest that you plan your day ahead.

As we arrived at around 9.30am and left around 2.30pm. That's not bad considering that we had taken two of our grandsons, who were at the time about five and a half years old.

Back in 1975, Symbio started off as a small wildlife park and has now blossomed into a multi-award winning and internationally publicised zoo. Nestled on 16 acres, the Wildlife Park is home to all your Australian animal favourites like kangaroos, wallabies and koalas.

There is also a large range of amazing exotic animals, which include Sumatran tigers, cheetahs, ring-tailed lemurs, red pandas, meerkats, small monkeys and more. For more information as to what wildlife you can see at Symbio Wildlife park, click here.

When you visit the Symbio Wildlife Park, you will be amazed at how close up and personal you can get with some of the animals. You can feed and pat a kangaroo, wallabies, goat's sheep, chickens, ducks and the cutest guinea pigs.

Pat and feed some of the wildlife found at Symbio. Image by Gary Brown.

Buy some feed to give to the goats, but watch that they don't eat the paper bag as well. Image by Gary Brown.

You can also take a special behind the scene experiences:

Ring-tailed lemur


The Common Marmoset monkey is so cute. Image by Gary Brown.


I could watch the Meerkats all day. Image by Gary Brown.

Red panda

The Red Panda came over to say hello to Reily and Lachie. Image by Gary Brown.

Aussie zoom tour

Reily wanted to cuddle a koala. Image by Gary Brown.

Exotic zoom tour

Maybe catch up with an endangered Cotton-top Tamarin on the Exotic Zoom Tour. Image by Gary Brown.

Keeper for a day

You too could become a zoo keeper for a day. Image by Gary Brown.


We visited Symbio on the weekend and even though there were ten presentations on, we took the opportunity to view four of the ten as there was so much else to see and do.

My favourites were the Meerkat presentation at 11am and the Big Cat Presentation at 1pm. Reily and Lachie couldn't get enough of the Reptile presentation at 1.30pm, so much so that they went back to the reptile house three times.

The Meerkats are my favourite. Image by Gary Brown.

Feeding time for the Sumatran tigers. Image by Gary Brown.

This big fellow was on guard at the entrance to the reptile display. Image by Gary Brown.

A zoo keeper holding a python for all to see and pat. Image by Gary Brown.

An alligator goes for a wander during the reptile presentation. Image by Gary Brown.

They also couldn't get enough of the Mini Beasts display.

These guys were part of the Mini Beasts display. Image by Gary Brown.

We also checked out the Koala presentation at 11.15am, but there were so many people - we should have got there a bit earlier to get a good spot.

Quite, the Koalas are asleep. Image by Gary Brown.

Click here for more information on presentation times.

Not only does the Wild Life Park have plenty of animals to see and interact with, you can also use any of the facilities the park has.

Lunch time near the farm yard animals shed. Image By Gary Brown.

They include undercover shelters, picnic areas poolside or on the park lawns. You can also splash out in the free-swimming pool. The kiosk sells hot food, snacks, refreshments, ice creams and essentials like sunscreen.

No, you two boys and the scarecrow where not that scarey. Image by Gary Brown.

To keep up to-date with what's going on a the Symbio Wildlife Park, you can like and follow them on Facebook or send them an email at

While you are down this way, you should also think about checking out the view at the Bald Hill Lookout. From here you can view the coastline towards Wollongong. Or maybe you could call into the Bald Hill Cafe for a coffee and cake before you venture south and drive across the Sea Cliff Bridge.

If you are north bound heading home, you could take a detour and head back through the Royal National Park and call into the Audley Dance Hall.
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Why? Best day out ever meeting the wildlife at Symbio
When: Open daily: 9:30am – 5pm except Christmas Day
Phone: 02 4294 1244
Where: 7-11 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Helensburgh NSW 2508
Cost: Check the web site for prices.
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Great photo with the scarecrow. Thanks for sharing.
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