Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo

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Come to Taronga Western Plains Zoo to see the large wildlife that need more space than the Sydney site provides. Located near the town of Dubbo, you can see African lions, tigers, elephants, rhinoceros, and many more species at this branch of the Taronga Zoo. Join an early-morning walk to see animals as they awaken and get up close with native wildlife on the Aussie Walkthrough tour. As the zoo works to support wildlife habitats around the world, your patronage supports its conservation efforts. To visit Taronga Western Plains Zoo on your trip to Dubbo, use our Dubbo trip itinerary builder .
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  • Must to visit if you're in Sydney. It's a long drive but it's a great road trip. Kids loved it. We went on the HOTTEST day of the year and the kids still had lots of fun.  more »
  • We had good weather which is a great plus for Zoo's of this type. The animals all seemed to be enjoying their enviroment. It is a great concept to be able to drive the 6km zoo & choose where to stop e...  more »
  • Zoo was fantastic Only issue was the weather 45degrees Lucky we stayed at the zoo so we got the cart hire for the day so that made it much more enjoyable Our 4 year old son loved the animals and ridin...  more »
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  • Fantastic experience using bikes to explore the Zoo. You'll need to arrive early to nab your bike as they don't take bookings. Very well looked after animals with amazing enclosure.. The elephants are our favourite... Definitely going to try the camping experience next time! Great for any age as you can walk, bike($15 extra per bike) , buggy ($69 for 3 hours) or drive your own car...
  • I would highly recommended this zoo to anyone, especially families with younger kids. The zoo was soo interesting for us and my thirteen and three year old kids. There were many different animals, some of which we had never seen before in our life. The talk shows explained a lot about the animal's, their lifestyles and habitats. My thirteen year old boy especially loved the African Wild Dog exhibit and my three year old loved the Rhino's. The idea of taking your own car around was very creative as it meant you could stop where ever you liked for as long as you wanted. The food was also very yummy. I would would recommend two full days, more the better.
  • We took the family to this zoo and were greatly impressed. It is so large that it is necessary to get transport around the different animals. It felt more like we were the ones enclosed and the animals more free. It feels like the middle of no where and it certainly feels like another place. We found the giraffes to be the most impressive. Do not remember seeing a baby giraffe before at any other zoo. I remember that it took most of the day to explore everything. We concluded that maybe we should have rented a golf cart since there are so many places to stop. Did feel sorry for the people that rented bicycles.
  • A beautiful day out. Lots to see. The exhibits are really well sign posted, nicely laid out and easy to get to. If you don't like (or find it difficult) to stick to a 10km/h speed limit, this might be the place for you. There were a couple of annoying speed demons getting about as I'm sure there is most days but just stick to the speed limit to keep pedestrians and cyclists safe and you'll still ha e a wonderful time
  • This is one of a kind zoo in Australia. All the animals have large enclosure mimicking their natural habitat. It is large zoo, however, you can take your own car or hire a electric safari car or hire a bike to discover the zoo. You need to be quick if you want to hire electric car as they have only a few. Bike comes with helmet in all sizes for all ages. You have option of cabooze and baby seat too. Great experience for kids. There is a cafe inside zoo too. There is lot to see and experience in this zoo, so start early in the morning.

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