Australia’s Top Ten Zoos

While Australia itself could be referred to as a massive island nature park, the zoos offer a chance to witness some of Australia’s amazing and diverse wildlife up close along with animals from across the globe. Here’s our pick for the countries top ten zoos.

  1. Melbourne Zoo

    Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens contains more than 320 animal species from Australia and around and is the countries oldest zoo which was originally modeled on London Zoo. It opened in October 1862. Official website:

  2. Lone Pine Sanctuary

    Located near Brisbane QLD, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary with 130 koalas. At Lone Pine Sanctuary you can hold a koala, hand feed kangaroos and meet a large variety of Australian wildlife in beautiful, natural settings. Official website:

  3. Australia Zoo

    Australia Zoo, one of Australia’s most loved and famous having been originally set up by the late Steve Irwin — the Crocodile Hunter. Official website:

  4. Adelaide Zoo

    Adelaide Zoo is home to 2500 animals and 250 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. It’s also Australia’s second oldest zoo behind Melbourne Zoo. Official website:

  5. Sydney Taronga Zoo

    Dating back to 1916, Taronga Zoo Sydney is home to over 4,000 animals of 350 species. Official website:

  6. Dubbo Western Plains Zoo

    Taronga Western Plains Zoo is home to over 1000 animals of 97 different species. Here, you walk, drive or ride around the Zoo’s five-kilometre circuit on hired bikes or carts and experience hundreds of rare and endangered animals including giraffes, rhinos, elephants, and big cats. Official website:

  7. National Zoo and Aquarium

    The privately owned National Zoo and Aquarium in Weston Creek ACT is home to over 200 animals of 75 species. It’s the only combined zoo and aquarium in Australia and features both native and introduced species including the largest collection of big cats in Australia. Official website:

  8. Healesville Sanctuary

    Healesville Sanctuary, located in Healesville Victoria, first opened to the public in 1934 and features a range of native animal exhibits. Official website:

  9. Werribee Open Range Zoo

    Werribee Open Range Zoo features animals from Africa including gorillas, giraffes, big cats and hippos along with native areas. The feature of the park is the safari ride and the chance to get up close to the stars in an open more natural setting. Official website:

  10. Perth Zoo

    Perth Zoo in Western Australia first opened in 1898 and today houses 1258 animals of 164 species. Official website:

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