Book Now - Ranger for a Day


This is a real wildlife sanctuary where anything can happen 'on the day' so it is impossible to tell you exactly what to expect. However, your day is likely to look something like this: The day starts at 9am and finishes at 4pm (full day) or 1pm (half day). You will have breaks during the day. After a brief orientation, your ranger will give you an outline of the plan for the day (but remember, it may change). You may work with one or more rangers during the day. Tell us your favourite animal when you arrive and we will make sure that you get some special time with it. Your work will include some or all (or none) of the following: Cleaning the animals' sleeping areas; Preparing food for the animals; Changing the 'furnishings' in the enclosures; Counting and health checking the animals; Minor repairs to the animals' camps; Enrichment activities with the animals to make sure they don't get board and frustrated; Feeding the animals; Overseeing other visitors interacting with the animals.

Average Duration: 6 hours

About Walkabout Wildlife Park

1 hour north of Sydney and south of Newcastle.
Take the Calga exit off the M1 Pacific Motorway.

1 Darkinjung Road,
cnr Peats Ridge Road
Calga, NSW 2250

Dress Code

The work is very physical so dress with this in mind

Hiking boots or supportive running shoes (your feet will get tired)
Thick hiking socks
Long comfortable pants that are not too tight to move in
A comfortable t-shirt or cotton shirt that is long enough to cover your tummy if you have to stretch to reach things

Spectator Information

If someone would like to come along to the park with you and NOT join in the Ranger for a Day program, they can get a 20% discount off their entry price.

Weather Information


This program goes ahead in almost all weather conditions, so bring your rain jacket and sunscreen. The animals needs us no matter what the weather. In fact, they usually need us more in extreme weather.

In the event of bad weather, please call (02) 4375 1100 after 12 noon on the day before your booking to find out whether the program is going ahead.


It is very unlikely that we will cancel this program. We will only cancel if weather conditions are unsafe, or due to other circumstances that are beyond our control such as an animal emergency.

Whenever possible, if we must cancel we will contacted you in advance and give you the option of either rescheduling to another date, or receiving a full refund.

Other Information

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park was named by Lonely Planet as one of the Top 10 best animal adventures for families in the world, alongside Yellowstone National Park, the Galapagos Islands.

What makes Walkabout Park’s 170 acres so special? This is the only place in the world where you can visit a fox-proof natural bush sanctuary with an abundance of wild but friendly kangaroos and emus hopping happily through the bush, large natural camps for those animals that need to be in enclosures, a comfortable Visitor’s Centre where you can relax amongst the animals with a great cup of coffee, the option for the more energetic to explore kilometres of bush tracks, ancient Aboriginal sites dated at more than 4,000 years old, regular cultural dance and didgeridoo displays, and the opportunity to stay overnight in a luxuriously appointed bush cabin if you can’t bear to leave.

1 Darkinjung Road, cnr Peats Ridge Road
Calga, NSW 2250
District of Gosford on the NSW Central Coast

Open from 9am to 5pm every day except Christmas Day.

No entry fee for children aged 0 to 3.

Contact us on +61-2-43751100 to enquire about tailored activities and group bookings.

Check our website for upcoming events such as Aboriginal dance workshops and archaeology tours.

About Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park

Less than an hour’s drive from Sydney.


Adult "Ranger for a Day" program: Age 16 up. Up to 6 people per ranger-led team.

Teen "Ranger for a Day" program: Age 12 to 15. Up to 6 people per ranger-led team. Must be accompanied by a responsible adult who can either join in the program too, or relax and enjoy everything else Walkabout Park has to offer.


Backpack so you can keep your gear with you in the field
Camera and spare batteries
Refillable water bottle
Warm jacket
Closed comfortable walking shoes or boots
Insect repellent
Sun screen
Hat or cap
Spare pare of dry socks
Wet weather gear (this is a real sanctuary, so the animals need us to get on with the job even if it rains)
Energy bars
Your lunch, or you can purchase something to eat at the cafe


Booking is essential. Click on the "Book Online button. If you have any difficulty with this, telephone us on (02) 4375 1100).


Full payment must be made at the time of booking.


All payments are non-refundable. A 100% Cancellation Fee applies.


If you give us at least 48 hours notice, you may rebook for another date. A $20 per person rebooking fee will be charged.


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Mon, 26 Feb 2018

Morning Start
9:30am Session

Tue, 27 Feb 2018

Morning Start
9:30am Session

Wed, 28 Feb 2018

Morning Start
9:30am Session

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