Western Plains Taronga Zoo is set on 300 hectares in the middle of New South Wales, in Dubbo.
The zoo is open every day from 9 to 4 pm.
Actually you can't enter after 4 pm but if you're already inside you can stay up to 5 o'clock.
And why wouldn't you when there's so much to see and do.
Have a look at this quick sketch which indicates some of the animals you will encounter on your way and how to go around.
Outline of Taronga Zoo layout
You can park your car before you buy tickets and then walk the whole 6 km circuit.
But parking the car is not a must. You can drive it all around the precinct, if you don't like walking.
Or if you have the kids in the tow.
Or if you want to have a barbeque and need to carry your picnic basket.
Then having the car with you can be really helpful. There are plenty parking spots next to the main attractions.
You wanted to walk but got tired? Not a problem. Go back to the parking lot, hop in your vehicle and show the ticket again at the entry. You can enter and exit as many times as you want.
Walking or pushing the bike
The best way to watch the animals and also stay fit is to walk. Or ride a bike. Which is good for your heart and keeps your lean.
You didn't take your bike with you? Hire one.
You could also hire an electric car. Though I am not sure why you would. If you don't want to walk, drive your own car.
Your tickets are valid for two days in a row. Why two? The Taronga in Dubbo is a perfect excuse for a weekend away from home.
Usually people drive to Dubbo and arrive on a Saturday around lunch time and then leave on the Sunday in the early afternoon. Which means there wouldn't be enough time to see all the attractions in one go.
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You could have your lunch at the zoo too. There's a café and kiosks selling food. Or you can bring your own tray of meat and vegies and throw them on the gas barbecues. You'll find quite a few around the place.
Now that you've read the nitty-gritty info, let's see what you can actually experience when you visit the Western Plains zoo, and how to get there. Click on the images below to learn more.