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Obley Road, Dubbo NSW 2830

Take your family on zoofari to NSW's best major attraction - Taronga Western Plains Zoo! See hundreds of rare and endangered animals in this huge open range sanctuary. Don’t miss the new Wildlife Hospital where you can discover first-hand how the Zoo's expert team heals the wild. Be sure to see the King of the Jungle at the amazing Lion Pride Lands precinct or make a splash at the Waterhole with a stunning outdoor café, animal habitats and water play area. Explore the Zoo’s 5km circuit by car, on foot or by bike, or electric safari cart. You can even hire a pedal boat and explore the Savannah Lake, home to the Spider Monkeys and Lemurs. For an extra special 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!

Image Credit: Rick Stevens

*Additional cost

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Zoo opening times?

The Welcome Plaza is open from 8.30am daily. The Zoo circuit is open from 9.00am – 4.00pm daily (open from 8.30am during 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 in the free Welcome Plaza with information, shop, playground and Café Wild overlooking the lake and islands, home to monkeys and lemurs.
  • Explore on 2 wheels or 4, on foot or even try a pedal boat!
  • Learn more about your favourite animals from Zoo Keepers via live keeper activities.
  • Visit the new Wildlife Hospital, learn about the Zoo’s conservation work and see how Zoo vets heal the wild.
  • Check out The Waterhole with outdoor cafe, splash play area for the kids and animal habitats. It’s the perfect spot for a break on the Zoo circuit.
  • Explore the sprawling Lion Pride Lands and meet the village goat herd.
  • Experience a behind the scenes tour! Tours include a safari into the lion’s den or onto the plains of the savannah. There is also a guided morning walk.
  • Encounters and experiences offer magical moments with hippos, meerkats, giraffes and elephants.
  • 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 (second day free) – you can leave and enter the Zoo as often as you wish during opening hours.

What’s on the menu?

Dine in or take away at Café Wild in the Welcome Plaza, or relax at The Waterhole. There are also tables and shaded picnic areas located around the Zoo. Please note, BBQs are no longer available on the Zoo circuit.

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

Domestic pets are not able to enter the Zoo. Pet minding options are available in Dubbo. If you have a Guide Dog or Assistance Animal, please contact the Zoo in advance 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 Royal Flying Doctor Visitor Experience and Wellington Caves.


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