Hunter Valley Zoo
Hunter Valley Zoo
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Hunter Valley Zoo is a private run zoo supported by its local families and business'. Set among the beautiful Hunter Valley it has 10 acres of land with everything from Native Australian animals to exotic animals such as monkeys and meerkats. Hunter Valley Zoo has picnic areas and free BBQ facilities so come and make it a family day out. We have special feed bags which can be used to feed our farmyard animals and our walkthrough kangaroo and bird aviary. Want something more? Hunter Valley Zoo now have encounters with Meerkats and Marmoset Monkeys and a species sponsor option. Visit our website or call us for more information.
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nisemc49
Lake Munmorah, Australia11 contributions
Couples
We visited the zoo to use our discover vouchers, so only cost us $3
Nice small zoo good for those with young children as you can feed some of the animals , a stroll around took 90mins , there are BBQs and picnic tables if you were prepared . Lots of birds and smaller animals there are lions , giraffes, camels , lots of alligators.
Very suitable for the under 10 year olds
But with price for a family of four $90 many could not afford this
Written June 7, 2021
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Norma F
Swansea, Australia79 contributions
What an amazing day out! We had booked the Meerkat experience ahead of time and then also booked the Emporer Tamarin while we were there. The zoo is great, it is easy to walk around, with access for wheelchairs, walker and prams. It is an easy walk around with the animals in close proximity for great photos and seeing them up close. The meerkat experience was one to remember, with the little guys climbing all over me and posing for photos. The Emporer Tamarin are little monkeys with big moustaches :) they were very friendly and loved picking out the worms from the food bowls we had with us. They loved the camera. Another treat was seeing the pygmy monkey in with the other ones, they are so tiny and were a bit timid but loved it when we handed them worms to have a snack on! Both encounters were 20 minutes, the meerkats $100 p/p and monkeys $80 p/p. We had a nice cup of coffee and a wrap for lunch from the reception/kiosk which also served hot pies and sausage rolls on request, cold drinks and snacks. It's a great zoo for the whole family to enjoy. Make sure you go especially if you are local to the area. It's only an hour from Lake Macquarie or even closer from Newcastle.
Written November 2, 2020
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Kyls73
Newcastle, Australia67 contributions
Family
This is a small scale zoo but with so much to offer. We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon which also included a meerkat encounter. I would highly recommend the many encounters on offer, we were able to feed the meerkats and the staff were very obliging with knowledge and taking many photos using our devices. Definately worth a visit for a great family day out. Worth paying a few extra dollars for animal food, beware...the ostrich loves food! 😉
Written August 10, 2021
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iiween
Sydney, Australia13 contributions
Family
read good reviews on here so decided to give it a go and was not disappointed. The zoo isn't big, just the right size for family with kids to spend about 4 to 5 hours. Highly recommend purchasing the food to feed the animals as this was the highlight for the kids and kidults ;)
Written January 4, 2020
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D-Rock 2000
71 contributions
Every time we visit this zoo they have made improvements to enclosures or the grounds, or got some new animal in. This place just keeps getting better, which is what you want to see in a zoo, which is surprising because entry is quite reasonable. The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable, and the amount of different animals they have is mind-blowing.
The real highlight though is if you spend a little more and get an animal encounter. I recently revisited the zoo with my wife to finally get around to using the vouchers I got her for Christmas. My lucky wife got the chance to hang out with Black and White Ruffed Lemurs AND Meerkats on the one day. I also treated myself to the Meerkats to enjoy the experience with her. One word.... AMAZING!!!! Obviously you get the best experience from sitting on the ground with the Meerkats, but the staff at the zoo are happy to accommodate if this is a problem. I would imagine as a worse case scenario if you couldn't get them crawling all over you, you could at least get a "cuddle party." The Lemur experience is quite accessible, and there is a park bench to sit on inside.
This place is well worth checking out, and their experiences make great gifts that are appreciated and remembered, not like a computer game or a toaster oven.
Written March 7, 2020
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mrwjc
Sydney77 contributions
My wife & I have recently had a visit to the Hunter Valley Zoo, to tell you the truth we never knew there was a zoo at the Hunter Valley. We had quite a surprise what we found, there is quite a wide range of animals. There are a number of animal experiences you can do at a extra cost. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there, we will certanly go back in the future.
Written January 12, 2022
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Beryl R
Greater Sydney, Australia209 contributions
We had not visited for some time. We enjoyed it last time and certainly it was a pleasure to visit again. The zoo has recently been sold and is now called the Hunter Valley Wildlife Park. The animals are certainly relaxed and well housed, the staff is friendly and it is easy to get around as the ground is flat.

If we have one criticism, it is a minor one. The fencing around some of the exhibits makes it a bit difficult to get good photos. Yet, never mind it is the visual experience that counts.

Well worth a visit.
Written December 2, 2021
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Karen M
2 contributions
Couples
I do not recommend the 'Binturong' encounter. We paid $225.00 which included photos, waste of money. The animal spent 10 mintues waking up then 5 minutes with us then climbed up the tree to go sleep. The animal was shaking and very scared, not ready for human interaction. Very disappointing. That disappointed we left without the photos. I have done the 'Meerkat' encounter previously and the animals spent the whole 20 minutes with you. Avoid or waste your money and be disappointed.
Written February 27, 2022
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Hi karenmF6576SY We are sorry to hear your review of your Binturong encounter last weekend; it is one of our most popular encounters. Hunter Valley Wildlife Park proudly put animal welfare at the forefront of everything we do. If the animals do not want to participate in the encounters, we do not force them, it is their choice. Our experienced keepers are there to ensure that our guests and animals are both having a positive experience. As you can imagine all animals are different, so it is extremely hard to compare a Meerkat with a Binturong. Hunter Valley Wildlife Park encounters promise an up close and personal experience with unique species this can involve spending time with our Binturong and Common Marmosets and/or being a part of the hustle and bustle of our Squirrel Monkey or Meerkat group. We wish you had made comment to any of our staff on the day so that we could discuss this in person. Your photos are still at the front counter waiting for collection and we captured some great shots during your experience. Kind regards, The Hunter Valley Wildlife Park Team
Written March 1, 2022
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Anita T
Forster, Australia11,732 contributions
Couples
It was a lovely sunny day so we decided to pay a visit to the privately owned Hunter Valley Zoo. It was school holidays and was very busy.
Strict COVIDSAFE guidelines we being adhered to with even drivers licences being checked to make sure you weren’t coming from a hot spot.
Once inside you realise the place is far bigger than you imagined. You soon realise that the animals are really well cared for and the staff are really friendly.
We bought a bag of food for the animals and had a great time feeding the Roos, Camels and Ostriches. The goats, sheep and deer we getting well fed by the children. It was fun watching them hassling the youngsters.
I personally loved the Meerkats, Tassie Devil, and all the different birds. My husband was amazed by the dam with a large number of Alligators which at first we didn’t think were real.
So much to see and do. There were also bbqs and lots of areas to have picnics. A great family holiday activity.
Written July 9, 2021
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vitorborg
Sydney, Australia62 contributions
We visited Hunter Valley Zoo with the baby on a weekday in the afternoon and were surrounded by like-minded families and two school groups. We were pleasantly surprised with the variety of animals from various continents and how the enclosures were laid out. We also enjoyed the four peacocks that roam freely around the zoo, which make for interesting video/photo opportunities. All in all, it's worth visiting the zoo if you are in or passing through the Hunter Valley.
Written November 25, 2020
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