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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, Pet Porpoise Pool and the National Marine Science Centre Aquarium. The Koala Hospital at Port Macquarie is where you can see koalas being cared for.
In Sydney, you will find the Taronga Zoo, with a wide range of animals and breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour.