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Obley Road, Dubbo NSW 2830

Take your family on zoofari to Taronga Western Plains Zoo! See hundreds of rare and endangered animals in this huge open range sanctuary. Don’t miss a visit to the King of the Jungle at the amazing Lion Pride Lands Exhibit or make a splash at the new Waterhole Precinct with a stunning outdoor café, animal habitats and water play area. Explore the Zoo’s 5km circuit by car, on foot or by bike, car or electric safari cart. For an up close experience book a behind the scenes tour or encounter, and meet a meerkat, greet a giraffe or come face-to-face with a hippo!* All tickets are valid for two days – ample time for you to immerse yourself in the wild. For the ultimate zoofari, stay the night at one of the award winning accommodation options – Zoofari Lodge, Savannah Cabins or Billabong Camp. Plan your expedition today!

The Taronga Western Plains Zoo team has made many modifications to support social distancing regulations, fully outlined on their website. The team will be monitoring daily visitor numbers to ensure safe social distancing and all guests will be required to pre-purchase tickets and register their visit online, before visiting the Zoo.

  • Additional cleaning will be undertaken, particularly around bathrooms, food service areas and hard surfaces in frequently visited areas
  • Cafes and dining areas will operate in-line with the NSW restrictions applicable at the time

Overnight experiences Zoofari Lodge, Savannah Cabins and Billabong Camp have reopened. Bookings can be made online.

Image Credit: Rick Stevens

*Additional cost

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Zoo opening times?

The Zoo is open every day of the year 9.00am - 4.00pm (gates open 8.30am during NSW school holidays)

How far is the zoo from Dubbo’s CBD?

Five minutes’ drive, or 5km walk/bike ride.

Is there public transport to the Zoo?

Yes, there is a public bus service from Dubbo to the Zoo. You can also catch a taxi or hire a car.

What can I do at the Zoo?
  • Set the scene for your safari at the free Savannah Welcome Plaza with information, shop, playground and cafe overlooking the Savannah Lake, home to monkeys and lemurs.
  • Explore on two wheels or four, or even on foot!
  • Learn more about your favourite animals from Zoo Keepers via live or virtual Keeper Talks.
  • Visit the new Waterhole Precinct and check out the outdoor cafe, animal habitats and play area for the kids! It’s the perfect spot for a break.
  • Get up close with the deer herd in the Wild Herds Walkthrough.
  • Explore the sprawling Lion Pride Lands Precinct and meet the village goat herd.
  • Experience a behind the scenes tour or encounter! Tours include a safari into the lion’s den or onto the open plains of the Savannah. There’s also a Morning Walk as the animals awaken.
  • Encounters offer magical up close moments with a hippo, meerkats or giraffe. Tours and Encounters cost in addition to Zoo entry.
  • For the ultimate safari, stay overnight and wake up in the wild.
How do I get around the Zoo?

With 5.5km of sealed road and plenty of walking trails, you can hire push bikes or electric carts, bring your own bike, walk, or drive your own car.

How long does it take?

The experience can be as long or short as you like. Tickets are valid for two consecutive days. Please check the box on the ticketing purchase form to confirm you will be attending both days.

What’s on the menu?

Dine in or take away at the Zoo Cafe & Bar in the Savannah Welcome Plaza, or relax at The Waterhole. There are also free BBQs and picnic areas located around the Zoo

I am travelling with my pet, can we enter the premises?

Domestic pets are prohibited from entering the Zoo. Pet minding options are available in Dubbo.

If you have a Guide Dog or Assistance Animal, please contact the Zoo in advance of your visit so that arrangements can be made prior to your visit.

Can I stay overnight?

The Zoo offers three overnight options:

  • Zoofari Lodge: An immersive African style safari;
  • Savannah Cabins: Self-contained accommodation adjacent to the Zoo; and
  • Billabong Camp: An immersive camping experience where the hard work of setting up camp is done for you.
The Great Big Adventure Pass - Taronga Western Plains Zoo

The Great Big Adventure Pass

Make family time great. Take home big memories. Plan an unforgettable adventure.

Make the most of your holiday with the Dubbo Region Great Big Adventure Pass! It's one pass, four incredible attractions and an adventure you won't forget.

The Great Big Adventure Pass is a multi-ticket to Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Old Dubbo Gaol, the NEW Royal Flying Doctor Visitor Experience, Wellington Caves PLUS exclusive offers at partner businesses.


*single adult ticket price. Information, Terms and Conditions can be found at