Where the an­i­mals roam free

Holiday with Kids - - Dubbo, Nsw -

Mummy I want to go camp­ing!” yells my en­thu­si­as­tic five-year- old, no doubt with vi­sions of starry skies and cosy tents in her head. As a mum with a ‘no sleep­ing on the ground’ pol­icy, I have to think quickly about how our two worlds can be brought to­gether to make us both happy to spend a night in the great out­doors. The an­swer turns out to be easy: a night of glamp­ing at the Zoo­fari Lodge at Taronga West­ern Plains Zoo in Dubbo. Fa­mous for its large pad­docks with moats sep­a­rat­ing the an­i­mals from vis­i­tors, Taronga West­ern Plains Zoo has a six-kilo­me­tre loop that can be driven or cy­cled around, giv­ing it the feel­ing of a sa­fari rather than a tra­di­tional zoo.

Ini­tially set up as a fa­cil­ity for breed­ing pro­grammes to give the herd graz­ers more space, the zoo is also as a haven for re­tirees from Syd­ney’s Taronga Zoo. How­ever, Taronga West­ern Plains Zoo has be­come an at­trac­tion

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