Australia Zoo is huge and it's definitely a full on day if you want to see everything, and watch all the animal shows/feedings etc.
if you have little ones, definitely take the pram as they will get tired walking/running around everywhere and will want a rest. you can hire little pull along carts which I saw lots of people putting their kids into. There is a train that runs around the zoo and has multiple stops around the place if you don't want to walk everywhere or just need a break.
The past few times I have been to the zoo, we have hired a locker and brought along our own picnic lunch which we stored until we were ready to eat. Much cheaper than spending a fortune in the food court. Everything is so over priced!
Make sure you bring lots of water, hats and sunscreen. If you can avoid going on a weekend or school holidays-do, as it won't be as busy. Get there early (even a little bit before opening time) and avoid the crowds.
it is an amazing place and worth a visit. Loved by kids and adults. We always try and take our visitors there.
We've been to Australia Zoo a few times now, and think it's great. You sometimes get offers on the shop dockets from local supermarkets which brings the price down considerably, and can sometimes find online offers too (RACQ etc).
The place itself is well maintained and the shows are great. It is a good idea to get there early though, and to sit down with a map and the program and plan your day so that you're not trying to leg it at high speed over a vast distance when the time comes to see a show... although if you are, you won't be the only one ;)
The "Crocoseum" where a lot of the show are held is big and there are places where prams can go, but it does get packed and getting in or out right as shows are starting/ending can be difficult.
There are loads of different animals there, which all seem to be in good health and well looked after, and the enclosures are generally clean and well kempt (except when the animals would prefer not ;) ) The keepers all seem knowledgeable and are happy to answer questions and often have little furred or feathered friends with them.
To get round the whole thing and see everything is quite a workout, so wear comfortable shoes and remember sunscreen and hats as a fair bit is in full sun.
My husband and I took our children aged 3 and 18 months to Australia Zoo over the weekend for the first time. I'd say all in all, our kids were probably a bit young to enjoy all the things the zoo offers, which is a shame because it's quite expensive to get in. I did appreciate the fact you can take your own packed picnic lunch if you wanted to, and the kids rides inside are free so it's great there are no hidden extra costs.
I'd suggest for anyone going there to get there early and plan which shows you're going to see, because it can be quite a stretch when running between different animal enclosures!
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