The Top 10 Zoos in Australia
Australian zoos play a major role in keeping some of the world’s most endangered animals alive. If you want to visit amazing animals during your trip to Australia, here are the 10 top zoo experiences in Australia.
Ranked as Australia’s favorite zoo, Melbourne Zoo is also Australia’s oldest, first opening its doors in 1862. The zoo boasts 350 animal species on 22 hectares of grounds and enclosures.
Lone Pine Sanctuary
If you love koalas, then this is the place for you! Located in Brisbane, Queensland, it is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary with more than 130 koalas and is heavily involved in research to save these iconic marsupials.
Australia Zoo was founded by Steve Irwin, affectionately known on TV as the Crocodile Hunter. It is now run by family including his kids Bindi and Robert. The zoo is an hour’s drive from Brisbane via the Steve Irwin Way, also known as Glass House Mountains tourist drive near Beerwah. The main attraction is the live croc feeding show!
Taronga Zoo Sydney
There’s always plenty happening at Taronga Zoo Sydney. With over 4,000 animals to see, over 20 keeper talks and shows a day, tours, events & concerts, there’s always a new reason to visit Taronga Zoo Sydney. The wildlife at Taronga Park have a millionaire’s view across Sydney Harbor. Recent multi-million-dollar refurbishments have made this zoo an incredible outing for the family.
Western Plains Zoo
Get a taste of the African plains in a visit to Dubbo’s Western Plains where you can cycle around the six-kilometre circuit and experience the wild animals of Africa with just a moat separating you and the animals. Make a weekend of it by joining one of the Roar and Snore options that include a behind-the-scenes look at how the animals are cared for.
Phillip Island Nature Park
Located just 90 minutes from Melbourne. Watch the penguins on parade at Phillip Island, The penguins arrive at their island home at sunset every day of the year. You can also see koalas, take a spectacular EcoBoat Tour and more.
The only place to see a Giant Panda in Australia after Wang Wang and Funi were relocated to the Adelaide Zoo in 2008 after their original home was destroyed in China was destroyed by earthquake. The zoo is also a botanic garden and includes a superb Moreton Bay Fig planted in 1877.
Australian Reptile Park
Look for the large dinosaur as you drive toward Gosford from Sydney along the Pacific Highway. The reptile park houses some of Australia’s most dangerous creatures including deadly snakes, crocodiles and huge spiders. Visitors can see snakes being milked for their venom, which is used to make life-saving anti-venom. It is also home to one of the Ark projects attempting to save the Tasmanian devil from extinction.
About 220 kilometers south-west of Perth is one of Australia’s more unique marine “zoos”. Described as Australia’s greatest artificial reef, the Busselton Jetty, has more than 300 marine species and is host to an array of colorful sponges, corals and fish. The Underwater Observatory – eight meters below the waters’ surface – can host 40 people at a time.
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Experience an African safari just 30 minutes from Melbourne’s city centre. The off-road safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo is a great chance to see the magnificent animals of the African savannah up close and you’ll get to learn all about them from your very own Safari Guide.
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