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Review of Shoalhaven Zoo

Shoalhaven Zoo
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Private Shoalhaven Zoo Experience from Sydney
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Nowra
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

We're so lucky to have a zoo in the Shoalhaven. This place has so much to offer, cool animals, beautiful setting, educational and fun. To top it off, the kids just love that huge slide. Keep up the great zoo, I'll be back for many more visits with the kids and hopefully grand kids in the future.

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Shoalhaven Zoo is one of the very best things to do in this area - especially for kids or overseas visitors. It is extremely well priced, particularly the Annual Passes for locals ($88 for a family). It has a huge variety of animals, most of which are within patting and feeding range. We have been there 6+ times per year over the past 3 years and these are the highlights for us:

- The free-range kangaroo, wallaby and wallaroo enclosure contains 20+ or so very friendly and gentle animals who wander around the visitors and are happy to receive pats. There are also friendly (yes, true!) emus wandering around who are pattable and feedable.
- There are two fantastic adventure walks around the rocky cliffs rising up behind the zoo. Both are subtly signposted to give kids a great sense of adventure as the trails weave through caves and around massive sandstone monoliths in the cliffs. One of the walks (the 'Rainforest' walk) is genuinely hair-raising for kids, with ladders to climb up rocky cliffs, wonky bridges and mysterious caves.
- The goat / sheep / chicken enclosure contains a variety of friendly animals. The shop at the front of the Zoo sells bags of food for $1 which kids love to feed to the animals.
- The koala show is great; very informative about koalas generally and about the ones in the zoo. At the end of the show, everyone is allowed to hug and pat the koalas.
- The water buffalo are at the end of the zoo. They are very friendly (like everything at this place) and will come over for pats if you pick them handfuls of fresh green grass, which they seem to prefer to the rest of their diet.
- The crocodile show is well worth seeing. The intimate nature of this zoo means that everyone gets within 2 metres of the crocodiles throughout the show. Interesting as the crocodiles snap at meat. The zookeeper / presenter is wonderfully enthusiastic about the crocs which is infectious.

There are so many other fantastic things; the free range peacocks, the massive kids slide, the singing dingos, the reptile show, the baby wombats which wander around the place, the feedable llamas, the monkeys, the beautiful location on the Shoalhaven River.

If you've got a baby, take a sturdy stroller because the paths aren't always very well sealed or flat. Use the toilet near the zoo entrance because there are no facilities anywhere else. Wear strong shoes because there can be mud and potholes. Watch small children as there are nettles growing around the place at certain times of the year. There are BBQ facilities, but we have never used them. Plenty of quiet and picturesque spots for picnics along the river throughout the zoo. There is also a basic cafe at the zoo entrance with chips, burgers, ice creams, coffee etc.

We can't recommend this zoo highly enough. Wish this would be our 'local' zoo forever.

2  Thank Patience_and_Jerry
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

Great community zoo. Well looked after and the best presented shows I have seen from any zoo. Well worth the visit

2  Thank travellinallover
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Time is needed to wander and experience the extent of the zoo. Display times allow a staff member to talk to visitors and explain habits and needs of animals. be prepared to pay for special photos holding a koala, or freely take shots of the staff member holding the koala. A wothwhile visit for overseas visitors.

2  Thank baranlaw
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Shoalhaven zoo is a great little zoo for young kids. The great meandering path along the mighty shoalhaven river and between the North Nowra cliffs make it one of the most picturesque zoos in Australia. The zoo is under going some great new additions with the old favourites such as the crocodile show and the monkey and Koala feeding still a hit with kids and the loyal guardians taking care of them. If you want to get up and close to baby crocodiles and pat them or hug a baby wombat (Willow), then this is the place for your family. Do yourself a favour when in the region and spend some time at this zoo.

3  Thank Trent S
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