Zoos, wildlife, and farm stays in NSW
Meet the animals
There are plenty of opportunities for kids to discover farmlife and wild animals across NSW. Choose a beautiful country location for an enjoyable farm stay, or visit a wildlife park or zoo to experience animal encounters in a bush setting.
Wildlife adventures for families
For a real wildlife adventure on a grand scale visit Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. Explore the zoo's expansive six kilometre circuit during the day by car, bike, electric cart, or on foot, and then spend the night in a luxurious Zoofari Lodge. Take a lemur island cruise at Mogo Zoo on the South Coast, pat a koala at Billabong Zoo in Port Macquarie, or hand feed kangaroos and wallabies at Hunter Valley Zoo.
See native and exotic reptiles and spiders at the Australian Reptile Park in Gosford. Symbio Wildlife Park in Wollongong is home to hundreds of creatures, including rare Sumatran tigers. Birdland Animal Park offers eight acres of parkland brimming with native animals.
Farm Stays in NSW
Experience the country life at working farms such as Dairy Park in Blayney. The family-friendly Mowbray Park Farm Stays offer horse rides and ride camps. At Hanericka Farmstay, near Wagga Wagga, kids can drove cattle, shear sheep and milk a cow. In the Goulbourn area, Pelican Sheep Station is a 970 hectare sheep and cattle station with seasonal farm activities offered all year round. Children can collect eggs, feed lambs, and ride a pony at Barcoos Barn Farmstays near Bathurst. Euroka Homestead is located in the stunning Megalong Valley.
Jillaroo and jackaroo programs at Tobruk Sheep Station are within easy reach of Sydney.
A farm stay in Outback NSW offers a rare insight into rural country life. Comeroo Camel Station near Bourke offers country hospitality on a 100,000 acre cattle farm. Camp out under the stars or enjoy all the comforts of a B&B.
For a unique experience, visit Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, home to more than 700 animals. Stay overnight in a luxurious African-inspired Zoofari Lodge, and relax while you gaze out at magnificent wildlife from the comfort of your room.
This Wagga Wagga farmstay offers the complete farm and country experience while enjoying the comforts of home. Get involved in the day-to-day farming chores: with alpacas, camels, chickens, ducks, horses, kangaroos, pigs, and turkeys, there’s plenty to do!
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