Rhino at Dubbo Zoo

Feed Carrots to a Giraffe at Dubbo Zoo (2023)

Western Plains Taronga zoo at Dubbo is one of the most beautiful zoos I have visited so far. With lots of space for animals, this zoo is perfect for people who love animals.

From the time I migrated to Australia, I wanted to do an encounter or feed a giraffe. Being a crazy animal lover I am, I couldn’t have let this gone. Back in the year 2012, when I first visited Sydney Taronga zoo, I tried to book the encounter with giraffes activity. The giraffe encounters are so famous that they get sold out a week in advance, which means unfortunately, I did not get the tickets.

My second attempt was in the year 2014, again at the Sydney Taronga zoo. I got the tickets for the activity fortunately. But the morning of my activity turned out to be a disaster and there were heavy rains. Due to heavy rains, the encounters for the day were cancelled.

I was not ready to compromise in my third attempt, which was in October 2015. During my visit to Western Plains Taronga zoo at Dubbo, I tried again and I was lucky to get the tickets. And this time, the weather was also perfect, a bright sunny day with absolutely zero chances of rain. At the Dubbo zoo, there was an opportunity for the visitors to feed carrots to the beautiful giraffes.

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Raksha at Dubbo Zoo NSW

About Western Plains Taronga zoo at Dubbo / Dubbo Zoo

Also known as Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo Zoo is a large zoo in Dubbo city of Central New South Wales (NSW) region. Opened to public in the year 1977, the animals at the zoo are kept in huge enclosures where the animals can easily roam around. These enclosures are not caged but have open spaces. It is home to wide variety of animals and they help in the breeding and protection programs.

The Taronga Western Plains zoo has its own official mobile application. Download the app to get all the information and the map of the zoo.

You can see Australia’s unique and native animals and birds at the zoo.

Feed the giraffee

Booking Cost and Tickets for Zoo entrance

The tickets to the zoo can be booked on their website or at the entrance of the zoo. For general admission, the ticket cost is AUD 43.20 per adult. Note: For up-to-date information on the cost and availability, refer their website.

You definitely need an entire day to cover all the things in the zoo. Also, to move between the enclosures, you definitely need a vehicle like a bicycle or a car. Bicycles can be rented out from the zoo.

Feed the giraffee


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Animal encounters at Western Plains Taronga zoo at Dubbo

There are a number of animal encounters visitors can do while being at the zoo. Some of them are:

  • Feed carrots to the giraffes – You get to feed carrots to giraffe. This is a very popular activity among the kids and they run out of slots very quickly. Ensure to book the experience well in advance or the first thing in the morning.
  • Morning walk behind the scene – In this, you are taken behind the scenes and given lots of information about how the animals are taken care of. There are morning educative walks conducted at the zoo and this is pretty awesome as well.

The visitors can also stay in the zoo for the nights. They offer different kinds of accommodation options. However, the cost of staying for one night per adult is very expensive.

Feed the giraffee

How to get to Dubbo Zoo?

  • By Road – The Taronga Western Plains Zoo is around 400 kilometres from Sydney Central Business District (CBD). It takes around 5 hours 10 minutes to drive.
    • The route has toll roads.

For fun big things to see along the way, read 11 big things to see in NSW.

  • By Public transport – There are trains that run between Sydney Central train station and Dubbo.

Closing notes

The Taronga Western Plains Zoo must definitely be on the list of places to visit in NSW. It is an amazing zoo and it feels good to see animals in such large enclosures where they can freely move around. Have you visited the Dubbo zoo? If yes, I would love to hear what you thought about the place. Please send me an email on Solopassport@gmail.com.

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