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.

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Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary: an iconic and significant part of Australia’s conservation history. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Animal Encounters

There are so many opportunities to have up close and personal encounters with unique Australian wildlife at Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary. Book a Tour to wander from grassland, to rainforest, to wetland… There are 5 distinct habitats at the Sanctuary, where you will see koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, and more, all enjoying life in their natural surrounds.

For a more hands on experience, there are all sorts of presentations and encounters available, either on site, or at a location of your choosing. Below are some options for you to consider. The full selection is listed on our Meet the Animals page.


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It’s always beneficial connecting with a wildlife sanctuary. That’s even truer today. When you connect with Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, we’ll give you two benefits.

  1. Subscription to “The Australiana”, our official newsletter; and
  2. Automatic membership to our “Frequent Fauna Points” rewards program.

Connect once, benefit twice. We look after good people.