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“Learn about the animals and have an adventure”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Shoalhaven Zoo

Shoalhaven Zoo
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$304.20*
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Private Shoalhaven Zoo Experience from Sydney
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Nowra
Certificate of Excellence
Canberra
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38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Learn about the animals and have an adventure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

Our friends introduced us to this place. As you drive through the bush and down the steep incline you'll find a well established zoo tucked between the tall granite rock formations and the river. The birds have free run of the place similar to Birdland in Batemans Bay. They have a mix of exotic and native animals and their shows are very lively and entertaining. I didn't expect to see any crocs this far south. You can get up close and personal with most of the animals. What makes this place outstanding is the incredible adventure/high ropes course at the end of the zoo. Its still not well integrated into the facilities as I don't recall seeing much promotion at the ticket office. I hear it only opened recently. This makes things slightly inconvenient as you have to walk back to the office to purchase your tickets. I'm happy the staff there are to handle safety and not money. There is a waiver to sign which was followed by kitting out with safety gear and an introduction on how to progress along the course. Our six year old followed the instructor well and set off all by himself. Children with a fear of heights will experience major difficulty. The tickets for this attraction last two hours. More advanced courses are available for those 8 years and up. It is going to be a very popular attraction. We would happily return and try the more challenging courses.

Visited October 2013
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Australia
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Magnificent location for a zoo!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

On entry to this small and unassuming zoo, one might think they paid too much ($20 for an adult). However, they have one of the best collections of Australian animals I've ever seen, and the location is beautiful! You can get up close to all the animals for a good look, even the crocodiles! There is also a new high wire obstacle course for kids of all ages. Great place for a family day out, or to take friends from overseas.

Visited October 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great value for Money - make the time to go!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

Anyone with kids visiting the Shoalhaven region or down the South Coast should put this on their to do list. Lovely zoo with lots of room to sit down and relax.The shows really make this place. The staff are excellent and Trent really makes a very entertaining show. The Croc show especially is very good and you will get to see a croc up close. The restaurant prices were very reasonable for a tourist attraction and there was also a sausage sizzle for $2.50. Entry fee again very reasonable and photos with animals - also very good value. They had just opened a treetop walk when we went - looks fun!

Visited September 2013
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Nowra
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Friendly staff and up close with the animals is a plus.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

The park really needs a facelift. It's tired and run down. For the cost it's perhaps okay value but I expected more. The setting on the river with lovely picnic spots and the baby wombat were the highlights.

Visited August 2013
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Dapto, New South Wales, Australia
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Family Zoo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

We had the best day > We went down for my daughters birthday .They got to pat heaps of animals and have a picture with them .We had lunch on the beautiful Zoo Haven Cafe .A great meal at great prices and the view is beautiful looking over the river .We intend to go back and camp next time.All the staff were very helpful and friendly .

Visited August 2013
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