Zoos and wildlife
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.
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.
Feeding Giraffes Western Plains Zoo Dubbo. Image Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Giraffe feeding Western Plains Zoo Dubbo. Image Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Lemurs Western Plains Zoo Dubbo. Image Western Plains Zoo
Koala, Australian animal. Image Robert Wallace
Hand feeding the Giraffes, Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, Central NSW