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Open 365 Days
Obley Road, Dubbo NSW 2830
Taronga Western Plains Zoo

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 the Lion Pride Lands and take an adrenaline pumping journey inside lion territory aboard Pride Lands Patrol.* Explore the Zoo’s 5km circuit on foot or by bike, car or electric safari cart. Be sure to catch a Keeper Presentation – there are up to 10 daily included in the cost of Zoo entry. For an up close experience book a behind the scenes tour or encounter, and meet a meerkat, greet a giraffe or take a safari tour of the savannah!* 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 three award winning experiences – Zoofari Lodge, Savannah Cabins or Billabong Camp. Plan your expedition today!

*Additional cost

Image Credit: Rick Stevens

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?

Don’t miss the free daily Keeper Presentations. Get up close to a friendly deer herd in the Wild Herds Walkthrough. Explore the sprawling Lion Pride Lands precinct with replica African village, and have a close encounter with the village goat herd Experience a behind the scenes tour or Animal Encounter, venture inside the lion’s den aboard Lion Pride Lands Patrol, or go into a vast savannah on board the safari truck (cost in addition to Zoo entry).

There is also the free Savannah Welcome Plaza with information, shop, playground and cafe overlooking Savannah Lake, home to spider monkeys and lemurs

Stay overnight at one of three unique experiences offering an African safari getaway right here in Dubbo!

The Waterhole precinct will also open early 2020 and include a new meerkat exhibit, cafe and water play area for the kids

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 the Zoo Cafe & Bar in the Savannah Welcome Plaza, or relax at The Waterhole (opening early 2020). 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 or Assistance Dog, please contact the Zoo in advance so that arrangements can be made prior to your visit

Can I stay overnight?

The Zoo offers three accommodation options:

Billabong Camp – an immersive camping experience

Zoofari Lodge – African safari style experience

Savannah Cabins – self-contained accommodation on land adjacent to the Zoo (3km from Zoo entry)

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