The Western Plains Zoo – Dubbo

The closest you’ll get to an African Safari. 

Enjoy the 800-hectare site by exploring the 6km circuit in your car (4WD not needed), buggy or bike.

I have to admit initially I was a little disappointed that we weren’t driving amongst the animal. Having have said that the Zoo has done a fantastic job, creating clever use of lakes, moats, and unobtrusive fencing, allowing the guests to feel like they’re within the enclosure or within arms reach of the animals.

The Zoo’s 6km circuit acts as the main road. You drive along and stop at designated car parks. Whether you have a car or buggy or bike, you must leave them in the marked area and walk over to the enclosure.

The ticket offers a two-day consecutive admission. Make the most of it. Bring food, BBQs available on the grounds. The kiosk can be a little expensive.

If you have money to burn I would totally recommend the accommodation in the Zoofari Lodge. Looks amazing! Stay on the zoo grounds facing a paddock roaming with giraffes and zebras.

Alternatively, you can also camp at the Billabong Campground. A cluster of tents ready to go perched on the edge of a man-made lake in the middle of the zoo. This venue does not have views of the animals and is located near the Australian animal enclosures. 

Giraffe Feeding

Take advantage of the encounters! A giraffe feed is only $7 per person.

Don’t forget sunblock if you’re riding your bike or driving the buggy.


Dubbo Zoo’s Opening Hours

9.00am – 4.00pm Everyday

Getting There

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More Information

taronga.org.au; visitnsw.com.