Zoo Adventures Dubbo

Zoo Adventures Dubbo

School holiday program.

Our Dubbo Zoo Adventures program is a fun, educational holiday program for children aged between 5 and 11 years, where young aspiring Keepers and conservationists are taken on an exciting journey, learning about animals and the environments they live in.

Book now for the NSW Autumn school holidays.

About the program

This unique school holiday program provides children with engaging experiences, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the zoo and the animals that live here. 

Every Zoo Adventure includes:

  • Interactive animal encounters
  • Explore the interactive playground
  • Daily Adventures - experience new exciting challenges for a unique and thrilling Zoo Adventure
  • Professional, enthusiastic, fun loving staff to assist and enhance your Zoo Adventures experience
 

Program dates

Autumn 2024 bookings now open!

 

Week 1

Tuesday 16 AprilWiradjuri Learning: learn about the importance of Autumn through stories, songs and dance!Fully Booked
Wednesday 17 AprilAmazing Animal Athletes: learn about how animals contend with extreme weather conditions, rugged terrain and fierce competition for food to survive in the wild!Fully Booked
Thursday 18 AprilWild Gardens and Plants: explore the bond between animals and plants, and how they work together!Fully Booked
Friday 19 AprilWildlife Warriors: learn about some of the threats facing animals in the wild, what is being done to help them, and how you can help!Available

 

Week 2

Monday 22 AprilWild Gardens and Plants: explore the bond between animals and plants, and how they work together!Available
Tuesday 23 AprilAmazing Animal Athletes: learn about how animals contend with extreme weather conditions, rugged terrain and fierce competition for food to survive in the wild!Fully Booked
Wednesday 24 April

Wildlife Warriors: learn about some of the threats facing animals in the wild, what is being done to help them, and how you can help!

Available
Friday 26 AprilWiradjuri Learning: learn about the importance of Autumn through stories, songs and dance!Available

 

What to bring

Zoo Adventurers should bring a small back pack which they will be required to carry throughout the day, with a packed lunch and snacks, a refillable water bottle and hat. Please note that children are required to wear enclosed footwear suitable for walking and to be prepared for all weather, please bring sunscreen and wet weather gear. During the warmer months, with water activities in the program, your Zoo Adventurer may get wet throughout the day so a towel and change of clothes is recommended.

Booking conditions

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I understand, agree and accept as the parent/guardian of the child/children booked on the program that Zoo Adventures Program:

  • Is for children attending primary school, aged between five to 11 years of age and proof of age may be required.
  • Requires a moderate level of fitness and good mobility.
  • Your child/children may participate in supervised water play activities throughout the Summer program;
  • Is an all-weather experience and will ordinarily proceed in the event of inclement weather;
  • May include entering an environment housing animals which involves a degree of unpredictability and therefore risk of injury occurring;
  • Is at my own risk and without any liability attached to the Taronga Conservation Society Australia, including any injury to the child/children or damage to their property;
  • Requires the child/children to take direction from Taronga staff regarding photographs and video taken on any device, and understand that some photos may be restricted from social media platforms;
  • Requires the child/children to take direction from Taronga staff to comply with Taronga’s COVID-19 Safety Plan;
  • Must not be attended by a child/children if they feel unwell or have flu like symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat, shortness of breath) and acknowledge that they will be excluded from the program and Taronga Western Plains Zoo if they attend when unwell or with flu like symptoms;
  • Child/children may be excluded from the program if behaviour compromises the safety of themselves or others;
  • Bookings are non-refundable but can be rescheduled or transferred in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of Taronga;
  • Program activities and schedules are subject to change without notice;
  • Taronga reserves the right to cancel community education programs at any time to remain COVID Safe, or due to unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters or in the event of severe weather. In the unlikely event that this situation occurs, Taronga will contact me as soon as practicable to notify me and reschedule my booking;
  • Taronga cannot guarantee a nut-free environment (please contact us for further information);
  • If the program participant has a known allergy that causes an anaphylactic reaction upon exposure to that allergen full disclosure must be provided prior to attending the program.  The participant is required to supply and carry an EpiPen throughout the duration of the program.  A medical action plan also needs to be provided to ensure Taronga staff have clear instructions for response management. 

Frequently asked questions

How do I make a booking for Zoo Adventures?

Bookings will open approximately 3 weeks before the school holiday period. Once bookings are open, available dates and themes as well as the appropriate booking form will be made available on this page.

To make a booking:

  1. Choose a date that suits your child/children
  2. Click on the 'Book Now' button and select date
  3. An automatic email will then be sent confirming your booking

For additional enquiries please contact zooadventures@zoo.nsw.gov.au

 

 

What if I have a friend who wants to attend on the same day?

Due to health and safety reasons and to ensure your child has the best time possible, numbers are strictly limited.

The best way for us to guarantee the friend and child will be attending the same day is to submit a booking form with both children's names on the same form. This way they will be processed at the same time and have a greater chance of being accepted together.

There is space on the booking form for up to four children. If you have more names please fill out a second booking form and submit these together.

 

What if the day I want is booked out?

We're sorry but unfortunately if a date is booked out, we are unable to admit any other children due to strict Work Health and Safety reasons. We'll always get in touch to offer you another date if available. 
 
We will update this page regularly to inform you as soon as possible if a date is filling up or booked out.

 

Can I come in with the kids on the day?

Sorry, 5-11 year olds only!
 
Parents are welcome to visit the Zoo but you'll need to buy a ticket to enter. Please note while you may occasionally see the kids when they're out in Zoo grounds, you won't be able to follow them during the program, as they will be visiting restricted behind the scenes areas. This is also a matter of child safety. 
 
Other options for parents while the kids attend Zoo Adventures are to visit the local shops and cafes.

 

Are the kids guaranteed a set animal experience on the day?

Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee any set animal, Meet a Keeper experiences or themed activities on any given day.

Due to the ever-changing nature of the Zoo environment it is sometimes necessary to make last minute changes without warning.

The above itinerary is maintained as rigorously as possible but is subject to change without notice. Taronga assumes no liability for changes without notice.

 

Have another question?

Email the team at zooadventures@zoo.nsw.gov.au and we will endeavour to answer!