Zoo Facts

  • Opened 28 February 1977

  • Size: 300 hectares

  • Original cost of development: $2,800,500

  • The Zoo site was formerly an army camp during World War II

  • First Zoo in Australia to be constructed on the “open range” principle, with visitors separated from the animals by concealed moats and fences

  • Zoo circuit is 6km long

  • Is the only Zoo in Australia you can drive a car, ride a bike, hire a cart or walk around

  • Renowned for breeding rare and endangered species including the Southern Black Rhinoceros

  • Zoofari Lodge was the first “in zoo” accommodation established in Australia in 1995

  • It’s the only Zoo in Australia where visitors can see three species of rhinos (Black Rhinoceros, White Rhinoceros and Greater One-horned Rhinoceros)