An overnight stay at Taronga’s Western Plains Zoo can be a wild experience. Pic: mynrma.com.au

Not a 4WD destination, to be sure, but a ripper weekend out of Sydney nonetheless. The Taronga Western Plains Zoo is located in Dubbo, just over five hours drive inland of the capital.

The zoo is the only place in Oz that you can view such a wide selection of animals from around the world, free to roam in massive, open-air enclosures.

It’s open from 9am-4pm everyday, but the best way to experience to the zoo is to get out here for a full weekend and book an overnight stay.

A range of accommodation options are provided on site – everything from basic tent camping packages through to comfortable cabins are available.


4WDING isn’t real big out here… The best ways to get around between enclosures is to hire bikes or an electric cart if pedal power ain’t your thing. Push bikes can be hired for $15 each while $69 gets you an electric cart for three hours.

TOURS are the best way to learn a little as you go. There are heaps departing from different points around the zoo daily – check the website for updated departure times.


LOCATION: The zoo is located in Dubbo, 388km inland of Sydney. The zoo can be reached in around five hours drive from the capital.

CAMPING is available on site at the Billabong Camp – each site comes ready with two tents and sleeps up to four. If you prefer a solid roof over your hear, the Savannah Cabins and Zoofari Lodge are available.

FUEL and all supplies are available in Dubbo.

MORE INFO is available at www.taronga.org.au

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