Take an adventure to Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
Halfway to the Gold Coast just out of Dubbo is the Taronga Western Plains Zoo a destination unto itself.
The Taronga Western Plain Zoo is not your traditional zoo, instead, it is a large zoo with wanders through natural bushland, and large open exhibits. Whilst you could walk around it, the best way to explore is by Car, Bike, or Electric Safari cart (Golf buggy). (Both bike and Golf Buggy available for hire)
We got there just after the zoo opened at 9 am, and managed to hire one of the buggies, you hire them for $69 for 3 hours, they seat 6. These zebra striped carts just add a little more fun to the day. You can also hire binoculars so you can get a closer look at the animals.
There is something magical about driving along in the golf buggy, the wind in your hair. Listening to the sounds of the animals around you. It added to the excitement of the day.
Tarango Western plain zoo also has accommodation on site. Imagine waking up to the sounds of the animals. The zoo is home to over 4,000 animals from over 350 species.
Our kids loved getting up close to Giraffes. As well as watching rhinos, lions, and monkeys getting up to mischief.
The Taronga Zoo is open every day of the year, including Christmas Day. So it is the perfect way to break up a long drive to Queensland.
If you have your caravan behind you, don’t worry they are very accommodating, there is a designated parking area just after the entry gate where you can unhook and Park your trailer, camper or caravan. We stop in regularly on our trips north, park the car and caravan and grab a golf buggy and explore.
You don’t feel like you are looking at animals through fences, as the exhibits and paths are built up, so you can look right across the fields, making it a fun exciting way to see the animals.