Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary is a national treasure. It’s the way Australia ought to be.

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. The Sanctuary provides visitors with a glimpse of what the rest of Australia would look like if we eradicated introduced species. In this way, it stands as a beacon of hope for the future.

The history of Warrawong is as colourful as it is controversial. To bring attention to the havoc wreaked by feral predators, Dr Wamsley proudly crafted and wore a dead-cat hat. Not everyone was happy. After a change of ownership, the Sanctuary fell into disrepair and was eventually abandoned in 2013. However, a West Australian couple, Narelle MacPherson and David Cobbold, purchased the property in 2017. Warrawong is now home to a range of rare and endangered species, as well as a host of rescued animals that, without finding refuge at the Sanctuary, would have been euthanized.

The 28 acres of Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary provide a safe haven for animals and people alike. Behind the feral proof fence, all creatures great and small are nurtured and protected, whether it be from predatory carnivores, or, in the case of humans, the stresses of modern life.

Conveniently located in the Adelaide Hills, Warrawong is thought to be the home of the only remaining platypus on mainland South Australia. 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.

Without even setting foot in the Sanctuary, The Shed Café, with floor to ceiling windows, offers guests an ideal spot for lunch and quiet reflection.

Life at Warrawong is tranquil and inspirational. Take us home on social media.

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.



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.