The Zoo trail, Melbourne to Sydney and two Zoo’s in between.
My kids love going to The Zoo as I am sure most kids do
Here we talk about some of the zoo’s in Australia we have visited
Our closest Zoo is The Melbourne Zoo.
The first Zoo on the Zoo trail.
The Melbourne Zoo or its official name :The Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens is located very close to The Melbourne CBD. It is only 4 km away. The zoo is service by trains on the Upfield line with a station stopping right at the back door. The entrance is metres away from the station. This makes it extremely accessible for families entering the zoo or escaping with an over stimulated and tired child lol. By car it is just over the Bolte bridge and down Flemington road. For the cyclists out there The capital city bike trail runs by the zoo. bring a lock as bikes are not allowed inside. The Melbourne zoo has over 320 different species of Animals.
Melbourne Zoo is as good as any zoo in the World i think. I love the fact that its huge and there is lots of room for families to rest, sit down, on the grass, have a picnic and something to eat. The Meerkat enclosure is world class and u can get u close and personal with them by walking through there enclosure without any barriers. The award winning Trail of the Elephants enclose/display is amazing its like being transformed into an asian jungle where they live. A whole day is easily spent at Melbourne zoo.
Melbourne Zoo is very big Zoo in Area and you could easily spend the whole day walking around it. Its has a fantastic Meerkat enclosure that you can walk through and view then Meerkats from close range.The old-time carousel was also popular with our kids.Bought back memories of the carousel at the foot of Sacre Couer in Paris
Healesville Animal Sanctuary
Healsville Animal sanctuary is a bushland zoo. Healesville is a zoo specialising in Native Australian Animals. It’s set in a natural environment where the paths wind through different habitats. These habitats feature koala, Wallabies, wombats, dingoes, kangaroo’s and over 200 native bird varieties. Healesville has a very successful history of breeding native Australian animals. Healesville is one of only two places to have bred a platypus. The zoo has a number of picnic areas and playgrounds for the children.
Healesville is located in the Yarra Valley region north of Melbourne. If you like wine some of the best wineries in Australia are also located in the Yarra valley. It was great for a visit with the kids. Zoo staff walked around with Dingo’s the kids could patt and the bird show in the arena was well worth watching for the eagles and Hawks.
Mogo Zoo is located on the South Coast Of New South Wales just outside of Batemans Bay. Batemans Bay is about 10 hours from Melbourne and 5 hours from Sydney. It is the first zoo in New South Wales on The zoo trail.
Mogo Zoo is a small privately owned zoo. Mogo has had success in breeding programs for endangered spices, including the snow leopard, cotton-top tamarin, red panda, and Sumatran tiger. Mogo has white tigers of which only 1 other zoo in Australia has. Even though it is a small zoo Mogo Zoo focuses on exotic species which makes some of its animals unique to Australian.
Mogo was fantastic small but less crowded than big city zoo and a very relaxing Experience to be able to stroll around at your own pace not being jostled by crowds. Willow got to feed a Giraffe ($5 fee) which was a great experience for her and also feeding of the goats and deer was available. There is something about feeding Animals that kids Love
Toronga Zoo (Sydney Zoo)
Toronga zoo is located on Sydney Harbour in Mossman. It is a short ferry ride away from Circular Quay. My kids enjoyed the ferry trip across the harbour. First, i must say that Toronga zoo is very hilly to walk around and is the most expensive Zoo we have visited. A ticket from circular Quay on the ferry and entrance tickets for a family of 4 is going to set you back near on $150 AUD.
Tarongo does offer some fantastic view of Sydney harbour from the zoo and offers plenty of add ons to the already small fortune you spent getting. You can stay the night at the zoo or partake in the wild ropes activity course. As far as the animal side if things went Taronga Zoo was ceratinly behind many of the other zoo’s we have visited in Australia. Take away the fact that it is in Sydney and on the harbour it would rank last for me out of the 4 zoo’s I am writing about. The hills of the zoo were not popular with the kids.
The Zoo trail is amazing
Taronga has all the usual animals you would expect to find at the zoo. Tarongo had a few good play area’s for the kids. It does seem to suffer from a lack of space and overcrowding at times. There is a cable car that takes you from the top of the down to the gate near the harbour which was pretty cool, I must say. It was also a highlight for the kids. I would be in no hurry to return here anytime soon. This zoo strikes me that it is all about flash and money even their website has little information about the animals and more about the facts of what you can spend your money on. Trying to find any decent pictures I would want to post was even an issue for me.
My winner of the zoo trail is Melbourne Zoo if I had to pick one to visit closely followed by Mogo Zoo and Healesville animal sanctuary with Sydney bringing up the rear.This is a constant that Sydney is always second to anything in Melbourne. For foreign tourists, I would say Healesville is a must because it deals with native Australian animals only. Make sure you visit as many zoo’s on the zoo trail as possible.