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Discussion in 'Australia' started by Simon Hampel, 20 Sep 2009.

  1. Simon Hampel

    Simon Hampel Administrator Staff Member

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    Over Christmas we will be driving back to Adelaide to spend time with family. I'm starting to plan our route and was thinking it would be nice to see some zoos or animal parks I haven't seen before (or in a while).

    I will probably stop in at Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo on one of the legs - been over 5 years since our last stop there. Not exactly on the way, but that's okay - we're taking our time.

    Anyone have other suggestions for places to stop along the way ? Haven't set our route yet, so hoping if there's something worth seeing that will help me decide which way to go.

    Naturally while we are in Adelaide we will be visiting Adelaide and Monarto zoos - possibly several times (my wife is a lifetime member of Adelaide zoo so we get into both of them for free).
     
  2. ZYBen

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    What about going through griffith and going to Altina?
     
  3. Simon Hampel

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    I did notice Altina on the map - Australia Maps » ZooChat ... that's definitely something I'll look at.

    I'm sure there's also got to be something around some of the larger towns like Wagga, Mildura and such too - might have to Google it.
     
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    Wagga does have a very small collection in it's botanic Gardens. noy much there though
     
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    Isn't the Bredl family park in Renmark?
     
  6. Simon Hampel

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    I can only assume it is still there - Bredls Wonder World Of Wildlife Satellite Map » ZooChat ... I visited this place about 14 years ago and from reviews I've read on the web it doesn't sound like it has improved at all.

    If I'm passing through Renmark (which is a possibility), I'll try and stop there. According to some info I've seen on the web, they supposedly have a large reptile collection.
     
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    I was going to suggest The National Zoo but seeing as you're already going to Dubbo it's probably too much of a backtrack. but if you're going to Wagga Wagga you could also try and get to Albury to see OZ.E wildlife although I've never been and don't know what it's like. :)
     
  8. Simon Hampel

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    We'd only go via Dubbo one direction, so there wouldn't be a problem going via Canberra the other way. Haven't been to the National Zoo in over 6 years, so that's worth considering.
     
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    The place is improving steadily since Rob has taken over.
     
  10. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

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    If you have the time while in Adelaide, I strongly recommend you visit Kangaroo Island for two or three days (or longer).

    :p

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    We visited Kangaroo Island about 4 years ago - would love to go back and spend some more time there. Don't think we'll have time this trip though ... and I probably wouldn't go during the summer holidays anyway.
     
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    Also, Cleland Wildlife Park up on Mt Lofty, and Gorge Wildlife park!

    Alvin <- misses the dingoes :(
     
  13. Simon Hampel

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    Yup, we'll be staying in Mt. Barker up in the hills and also down in Murray Bridge, so I'll make sure we get to visit all the little wildlife places through that area.
     
  14. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

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    It's not actually a zoo, but I recall a tour company with a boat in Adelaide that will take you out into the Gulf and you can swim with wild dolphins.

    If you're into that kind of thing.

    :p

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    Temptation Sailing - The Dolphin Boat

    I don't remember their website looking this way, but the catamaran that takes you out is called the Temptation. An yeah, pretty awesome.

    Alvin
     
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    Also Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary is a good place to go if you are in the area and if you end up heading to Victor Harbor go to Urimbirra Wildlife Sanctuary.
     
  17. Simon Hampel

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    Yup, those are both places I'm aware of - not too far from my wife's parents place.

    At this point it looks like we'll be going: Sydney - Bathurst/Orange - Dubbo - Broken Hill - Jamestown/Clare - Adelaide/Mt Barker/Murray Bridge

    ... and then on the way back, Adelaide/Mt Barker/Murray Bridge - Renmark - Mildura - Deniliquin - Griffith - Wagga Wagga - Canberra - Batemans Bay/Mogo - Sydney

    So any other suggestions for places to visit west of Sydney and east of Murray Bridge?

    Current list of places we intend to visit includes:

    Western Plains Zoo Satellite Map » ZooChat
    Living Desert Sanctuary Satellite Map » ZooChat

    Adelaide Zoo Satellite Map » ZooChat
    Monarto Zoo Satellite Map » ZooChat
    Cleland Wildlife Park Satellite Map » ZooChat
    Gorge Wildlife Park Satellite Map » ZooChat
    Humbug Scrub Wildlife Sanctuary Satellite Map » ZooChat
    Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary Satellite Map » ZooChat
    Urimbirra Wildlife Park Satellite Map » ZooChat

    Bredls Wonder World Of Wildlife Satellite Map » ZooChat
    Altina Wildlife Park Satellite Map » ZooChat
    Wagga Botanical Gardens Zoo Satellite Map » ZooChat
    OZ E Wildlife Satellite Map » ZooChat
    National Zoo and Aquarium Satellite Map » ZooChat
    Mogo Zoo Satellite Map » ZooChat
     
  18. ZYBen

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    Your gonna have a great trip! and see a very diverse range of parks.