Enjoy the Hunter Valley Zoo

Enjoy the Hunter Valley Zoo

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 04/25/2020

Reading time: 3 mins

Get to know the locals of Hunter Valley!

Many heads to the glorious greenery of Hunter Valley for the endless drops of wine and platters of local cheeses and produce. But one of the best attractions hidden about the region is not the food, but the animals that roam about. The region is covered in exceptional Australian natives, including kangaroos, koalas, and even the occasional wombat. One of the best spots to see these unique creatures is the local zoo, known as the official Hunter Valley Zoo.

The History of the Hunter Valley Zoo

When the zoo first opened in 2006, it was described as merely a ‘run-down deer park’. However, a lot has changed in the 14 years since its beginning, with owner Jason Pearson working tirelessly to bring this state-of-the-art zoo to life. He prides on his zoo on its up close and personal opportunities, letting visitors connect with the animals more than usual.

Where is the Zoo

The Hunter Valley Zoo is found in the Heart of the Valley, nestled on Lomas Lane, Nulkaba. If travelling from Sydney, the quickest way is via the Freeman’s Waterhole Exit. Heading through Brunkerville and then turning into Cessnock. One of the best bonus’ of the zoo is its close distance from many of Hunter Valley’s other great attractions, only a short drive from award winning wineries and fine dining options. So visitors can enjoy both a fancy weekend with a small peek into the region’s wildlife!

What you can see at the Zoo

Hunter Valley Zoo has a vast collection of both native and exotic animals living within. From native animals including Kangaroos, Wallabies, Echidnas, Dingoes, and even the unusual Quokkas. To international species including African lions and Cheetahs, and even a few South American wolves. The animals are spread out over a wide plain of acres, with each enclosure made specifically for the animals who call it their home. Visitors can spend hours wandering through the zoo, seeing the extended list of animals roaming about the region!

Additional Extras on Offer – Close Encounters

If visiting the numerous enclosures isn’t enough, you can also get up close and personal with some of the more friendly animals about. The zoo’s Meerkats, Tamarins, Lemurs, and Marmosets are all available for one on one encounters via the booking website or phone. You can even purchase a gift voucher to give to your friends and family to enjoy for their next trip to the zoo! Feed these animals, and even hold a couple for a memorable wildlife experience!

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.