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Zoos and wildlife

  • Feeding Giraffes at Taronga Western Plains Zoo
  • Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo


Zoos and wildlife in NSW

New South Wales combines a rich pastoral history with expansive parklands, famous zoos and animal attractions sprinkled around the state.

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Zoos and wildlife parks in Sydney & NSW

There are plenty of attractions in NSW that offer the opportunity to see native animals and rare and endangered species from Australia and around the world.

Two of the best zoos in Australia are in regional NSW. At Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, you'll see lions, giraffes, elephants, native animals and more by following a 6-km loop road in your car, by cycling or on foot. Mogo Zoo, south of Batemans Bay, has rare and exotic animals such as red pandas, otters, ring-tailed lemurs and brown bears from Syria.

At Coffs Harbour there are several family-friendly attractions such as Butterfly House, Dolphin Marine Magic and the National Marine Science Centre Aquarium. The Koala Hospital at Port Macquarie is where you can see koalas being cared for.

In the Gosford area, there are the Australian Reptile Park, at Somersby, and Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, north of Gosford.

In Sydney, you will find the Taronga Zoo, along with a wide range of animals and breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour. There are a variety of otherZoos in Sydney

Nature & Parks

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Can’t get enough of NSW’s natural attractions?

Discover more ways to enjoy its parks, gardens and beaches, and check out sensational photography in the city’s/State’s most picturesque locations on the NSW Tales blog.

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Pagoda Lookout, Wollemi National Park by Evolving Images; Destination NSW
Kanangra Falls Blue Mountains by Chris Jones; Destination NSW