Symbio Wildlife Park is a family owned and operated zoo which is located on the Southern outskirts of Sydney in the the suburb of Helensburgh. Conveniently positioned on the top of the Illawarra escarpment, we are just minutes away from Stanwell Park Beach, the world renowned Royal National Park, Sea Cliff Bridge and also Bald Hill Lookout where you can take in majestic 180 degree views of the pacific ocean.
Nestled on 16 picturesque acres of manicured gardens, Symbio is home to all your Australian animal favourites as well as a large range of amazing exotic animals, which include Sumatran tigers, cheetahs, ring-tailed lemurs, red pandas, meerkats, small monkeys and more.
Symbio started in 1975 as a small wildlife park and has now grown to become a multi-award winning and internationally publicised zoo, famous for getting our visitors closer than ever before to amazing animals.
Visitors to Symbio can get up close and personal to all the Australian animal favourites, such as cuddle up to koala for that once in a lifetime iconic Aussie selfie, roll around on the grass as you feed, pat and interact with our large mob of kangaroos and If that is still not enough and you want to get even closer, you can choose to go one step further and have one of our exclusive behind the scenes experiences with either the Australian or exotic animals.
These behind scenes experiences can be with the red pandas, ring tailed lemurs, meerkats, monkeys, or you can have an Aussie or Exotic Zoom experience, where you combine multiple experiences in one for the ultimate animal adventure.
For those of you who love farmyard animals, the Symbio Farmyard precinct is the place to go where you can feed and pat goats and sheep, meet the cutest guinea pigs and see chickens and ducks.
Each and every day you will be amazed with the many interactive daily presentations, have the opportunity to have a happy snap with the koalas, alligators and snakes and interact with a variety of animals through live roving.
Facilities at the park 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.
Symbio is open from 9.30am to 5.00pm every day except Christmas Day.
SYMBIO IS EVER GROWING
Symbio is home to a variety of native Australian wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, wombats and birds; a range of exotic wildlife including Sumatran tigers, meerkats, red pandas, monkeys, ring-tailed lemurs, cheetahs, farmyard animals along with many more species of animals from around the world.
Over the past decade Symbio Wildlife Park has grown substantially, welcoming some of the worlds most endangered and loved creatures.
From humble beginnings, originally catering purely for native and farm animals, we have definately come a long way and are now one of the premiere zoo’s in the country.
In continuing to deliver unique encounters and experiences at Symbio Wildlife Park, we have now opened a state-of-the-art farmyard precinct, containing vast examples of paddock to plate along with all your favourite farmyard friends.
Symbio Wildlife Park is many things to many people, but most importantly Symbio is a place to call home
for all the wildlife in our care.
In the face of today’s threats and impending extinctions, zoo’s have essentially become the last remaining refuge for the world’s wildlife.
Today, due to habitat loss and poaching in the wild the role of zoo’s in the management of species is very important.
The aim of these programs is to maintain a genetic diversity within a population for the next century, allowing release back into the wild wherever possible. These conservation programs provide a safe home for wildlife who work as ambassadors, for their wild cousins who, “once upon a time”, roamed the earth freely.
At Symbio we take our role in conservation very seriously and participate in 24 programs through the Zoo Aquarium Association’s Australian Species Management Program.