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“Where the wild things are”

Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Dubbo
Certificate of Excellence
Blue Mtns NSW
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108 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Where the wild things are”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Starting with a range of ticket prices/lengths of use, everything here was geared to make this visit as easy and enjoyable as possible. Due to other commitments, we went late in the afternoon. I drove around very slowly and we stopped at each animal enclosure while my son hopped out and took photos. We saw many animals briefly, with my son being awed by the size of the animals - he had not been to a zoo for many years.
The gift shop is well-stocked with a range of goodies for all prices and tastes. The staff were friendly and very helpful.
We plan to go again when we have much more time available.

Visited February 2013
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Byron Bay, Australia
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25 reviews
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“Fantastic way to view wonderful creatures”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Just love the way the Zoo is laid out and that you can take your own car driving through the beautifully maintained grounds. Some of the exhibits are a 30 meter walk and for some with bad legs this is a bit difficult however it is all wheelchair friendly. The staff unobtrusive but very knowledgeable. The entry fee covers two consecutive days which is great for families who can still see it all without the kids getting too tired. Picnic areas are well maintained and laid out in various sections of the Zoo. A must if you are passing through. Added attraction is that you can stay overnight at the zoo. This is expensive but worth checking out.What ever you choose it will be worth it.

Visited March 2013
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Bairnsdale, Australia
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89 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Staff friendly and welcoming on arrival, found the elephant, tiger and large beasts much more interesting than smaller animals. Still a lot of renovations going on, and some of the enclosures looked tired looking and most of the animals were asleep, probably because it was hot and more often than not, they were nocturnal.

Visited March 2013
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Dubbo, Australia
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3 reviews
“Free and Wild Animals...”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

The Zoo is a fantastic place for all ages to visit while in Dubbo.The animals are free roaming ..not closed up in pens etc... You can travel by car, walk to see the animals feeding etc...The Taronga Western Plains Zoo has a wide range of spectacular animals for one to view. Highly recommend !!

Visited December 2012
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
“Zoofari, Tarong Western Plains Zoo”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

We loved every bit of Zoofari; the accommodation and lodge was perfect for the environment the food was sensational, staff and guides included are genuinely passionate about the product and a great asset to Zoofari.

Highlight was definitely the close animal interaction – it was an amazingly ‘real’ experience while the back of house tours were a fantastic insight into the maintenance and care that goes into looking after them all. Lowlight – one night definitely wasn’t enough, could have very happily settled into the ‘lodge’ and enjoyed an afternoon of G&T’s!

Overall the experience was fantastic, one that we shall speak of to many, and for a while to come!

Visited February 2013
Thank CLDavidson
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