Want to see some koalas and kangaroos on your trip down under? Or maybe you’re keen to meet Wang Wang and Funi – the only Giant Pandas in Australia. Head on over to Adelaide Zoo.
Adelaide Zoo is a wonderful place to spend the day. It is filled with over 1800 animals in eight hectares of stunning botanic parklands. You’ll have the opportunity to see native Australian animals including koalas and kangaroos as well as a huge range of exotic animals including Wang Wang and Funi, Australia’s resident Giant Pandas.
Adelaide Zoo has a range of major exhibits for you to explore and is bound to keep you busy. For example, come watch some seals splashing around at Seal Bay and walk through the Australian Rainforest Wetlands aviary. Check out nocturnal animals, reptiles and bugs at Nocturnal House, Reptile House and Bug Barn. Take your kids to pet some farm animals at the Children’s Zoo and visit ‘Immersion’, a South East Asian themed Rainforest.
If you’re hoping to learn a lot on your visit or to provide your kids with something educational to do, there are free walkabout tours through the Zoo which depart every half an hour between 9.45am and 3.30pm. You’re bound to learn something you didn’t already know.
In addition to the thousands of animals (over 300 different species), the other great thing about Adelaide Zoo is its age. It was founded way back in 1883 and many of its buildings are heritage listed. For example, the gorgeous Elephant House was built in 1900 and the Head Keeper’s Cottage was the original keeper’s residence built in 1883. The Main Gates and the Entrance Walls, also built in 1883, are also heritage listed.
The magnificent landscaping throughout the parklands has been preserved and maintained for 125 years. These stunning parklands mean that in addition to seeing some native Australian animals, you’llalso walk through gardens boasting native Australian trees and plants. For example, there’s a superb Moreton Bay Fig near Minchin House which was planted in 1877 before the zoo was even established.
All that walking and fresh air is bound to make youhungry so in case you’re wondering what you’ll do about lunch while you’re at the zoo, we’ll fill you in on the options. There’s a café on the grounds called Wild Bites Café where you can grab some lunch or just a coffee. Alternatively, you could bring your own picnic and enjoy it on the central lawns with your friends or family.
Now that you know what to expect when you arrive, you’re probably wondering how you get there. Adelaide Zoo is easy to access, either by walking from Adelaide CBD (this should take you around fifteen minutes) or by driving over in your Hertz hire car. There’s also a ferry known as the “Popeye” which will take you on a ride over the River Torrens to get to the Zoo. If you’re driving you should be aware that there is limited ticketed parking available on the streets surrounding the zoo including on Plane Tree Drive, War Memorial Drive and Frome Road. If you’d prefer to walk or take the ferry, leave your rental car safe and sound at your hotel.
The zoo is open every day from 9.30am to 5pm. For moreinformation including directions and pricing, visit the Adelaide Zoo website here.