School Excursions

School Excursions

Take the syllabus on safari.

Support the curriculum with real world experience by planning an excursion to Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo. Inspire your students with immersive learning as they connect theory to real life through hands-on, engaging activities and workshops with Taronga Education.

Exciting update!

The Taronga Education team is please to announce that from Term 4, excursions at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo and Taronga Zoo Sydney will be resuming!

This follows an update from NSW Health and NSW Department of Education on the recommencement of excursions and overnight camps, issued on 24 September 2020. This will enable Taronga to deliver, with you, amazing experiences for your students where they can explore and enjoy the world's wildlife, in a COVID-safe outdoor environment.
 
What does this mean?

  • Your excursion for next term can be booked via our online booking form
  • If you already have an excursion or overnight booking, our Education Admin staff will contact you before your visit to keep you updated
  • The usual excursion, workshop, and overnight experiences at Taronga will look a little different, as we work to keep our top priority of keeping you, your students, our staff and our animals safe. More information on how we’re keeping you safe at Taronga can be found on our our important update webpage
School workshops at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo. Photo: Rick Stevens

School workshops

Get up close to unique and curious creatures of all sizes in a lesson led by a qualified teacher from our team. All workshop topics are linked to curriculum and syllabus outcomes across subjects including: Science, Geography, English, Mathematics, History, Business Studies and Creative Arts.

Suitable for students from Early Stage 1 to Stage 6.

Looking for excursions to Taronga Zoo Sydney instead? Read more about Sydney excursions.

Learning spaces

Workshops take place in the Amarti Education Centre at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo as well as in-grounds.

Taronga Zoo Sydney Wildlife Hospital staff caring for a bat injured in the bushfire crisis. Photo: Chris Wheeler
Taronga Zoo Sydney Wildlife Hospital staff caring for a bat injured in the bushfire crisis. Photo: Chris Wheeler

Wildlife crisis response

We believe conservation education is more important than ever and we appreciate how distressing the bushfire crisis has been for so many, including young people. Throughout the immediate drought and bushfire crisis, Taronga has been critical in the NSW response by helping to save wildlife from devastation through provision of emergency shelter, medical care and rehabilitation. 

We believe we can convey the message of hope to your students by discussing the wildlife crisis response and what everyone can do to make a difference for both people and wildlife. 

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Taronga Zoo Sydney Wildlife Hospital staff caring for a bat injured in the bushfire crisis. Photo: Chris Wheeler
Self-guided visit to Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo. Photo: Rick Stevens
Self-guided visit to Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo. Photo: Rick Stevens

Self-guided visits

Immerse your students on an unforgettable safari adventure at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo and encourage them to become wildlife ambassadors! The Zoo is set on a 6km circuit and students can explore the Zoo at their own pace.

Explore Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo at your own pace on a self-guided visit and encourage your students to be wildlife ambassadors.

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Self-guided visit to Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo. Photo: Rick Stevens
Full day programs at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo.
Full day programs at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo.

Full day programs

Inspire your students to be conservation champions for the wild with a full day program designed to increase student engagement with nature and sustainability. Full day programs are held each school term by our Education team.

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Full day programs at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo.
Students bike-riding around the Zoo observing Giraffe
Students bike-riding around the Zoo observing Giraffe

Optional extras

For an additional cost, you can pre-book a unique experience like a bus tour, Giraffe feed, bike hire and more, to really make sure your excursion to Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo is a day your students will never forget.

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Students bike-riding around the Zoo observing Giraffe
Zoosnooz at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo.
Zoosnooz at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo.

Overnight program

ZooSnooz is the ultimate overnight excursion that your students will remember for years to come! Fall asleep to the sounds of nocturnal marsupials and wake to the morning roars that can only be heard from inside the Zoo.

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Zoosnooz at Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo.

Costs, planning and brochure

Dubbo booking costs

Viewing the booking costs for all excursions to Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo, including workshops, full day programs, self-guided visits and more.

Plan your excursion

View and download important information regarding your visit including booking costs, our compulsory school excursion teachers guide, risk assessment and more.

Download the brochure

Download the all-in-one Dubbo education brochure to read about all available workshops and programs available to book.