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Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary

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Published May 15th 2012
Update April 23rd 2013
Zoos SA has ceased business at Warrawong from March 1 2013. The future of Warrawong Sanctuary remains unclear.

Nestled in the Adelaide Hills, a short drive from the city, is a fantastic wildlife reserve with a great variety of native fauna held in a natural bushland environment.
Natural bushland
Natural bushland

The Sanctuary features bushland walks with the opportunity to interact with animals in their natural setting. The shop sells food suitable for feeding to the animals and families with very young children may choose to do a Family Feed Walk.
Feeding the kangaroos
Feeding the kangaroos

Entry to the park is free, while for a small charge, guided walks are available. Nocturnal walks to see animals awakening are also conducted (prior booking required). Zoos SA members receive a good discount on these charges.

After meandering the paths through the diverse environments many visitors choose to eat at the aptly named Bilby Cafe, where if you are lucky you will be joined by potoroos looking for scraps of food to supplement their diet.
A potoroo at Bilby Cafe
A potoroo at Bilby Cafe

Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary was originally established by dedicated conservationist Dr John Walmsley, who was concerned about the the increasing encroachment of feral species and exotic plants into the natural environment. He was so passionate about preventing this that he once famously attended a public event wearing a hat made from the pelt of a dead feral cat.

While he never achieved his dream of establishing eight sanctuaries around Australia, Dr Walmsley has earned the gratitude of many South Australians for his achievements at Warrawong.
Map of Warrawong Sanctuary
Map of Warrawong Sanctuary

A colourful bug on the map
A colourful bug on the map
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Why? The animals are so cute
When: 9am-5pm daily, often later. See Zoo SA website
Where: Mylor, SA
Cost: Free!
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