Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo

While camping in the Warrumbungles I discovered there was a zoo in Dubbo. So the decision was made to drive back the 100 odd kilometres to check it out. On my first afternoon in Dubbo I visited the Royal Flying Doctors Service Base, located at the airport. They have a volunteer run guided tour for $3. The tour includes a film about the service and the emergencies they may attend at any time. They had one plane in the hanger to admire from the video room. Each plane costs millions to kit out.

I camped at the Westview Caravan Park off the Mitchell highway. A decent place with good facilities. With dawn I awoke so to get ready to arrive at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo on opening at 9am. Entry per adult was $47 for a 2 day pass. Well worth the cost. There are several talks throughout the day by the handlers. I managed to attend the first few all of which were interesting. Many of the animals are African and Australian. The set up allows visitors to drive, bike or walk the large 6km circuit through the heart of the park. Was almost at times like I was on safari driving along in my Defender.

There were too many animals to list here so the pictures will do the talking. My favourite animals were probably the Meerkats, Hippos, Giraffes and Zebras. None of which I’ve seen before. I managed to see almost every animal except two.

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Brett is a film maker, hiker, adventurer and Defender owner. He loves the outdoors and feels most at home travelling remote outback places in Australia. The idea of waiting till retirement to begin exploring Australia is not the path Brett has chosen, instead choosing to live life now. Join him on his adventures.

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