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Published May 7th 2016
Explore a darling zoo in the Darling Downs
A darling little zoo is nestled between Toowoomba and Warwick and is just two hours drive from Brisbane. Privately owned by Steve and Stephanie Robinson, the Darling Downs Zoo is home to a variety of animals including birds, big cats, monkeys and reptiles.
White Lion Cub
The zoo is divided into four distinct regions – Australia, Africa, South America and South East Asia. The Robinson's goal is to maintain a representative collection of the mammal, bird and reptile life from each of the regions.
Steve and Stephanie take a hands on approach to the day to day running of the property. Upon arrival, Stephanie was nursing a rescued joey. This is also evidenced at lunch when Steve fires up the barbecue. A sausage in bread is reasonably priced at $2.50 with all proceeds contributing to animal welfare. Mingle with other guests at the picnic tables or relax under the trees, soaking in the tranquil rural setting.
With the regular talks and animal feedings, there is plenty to keep you entertained. Guests can also meet a baby crocodile or hold an Australian python at no extra cost.
There is also the opportunity to get up close and personal with meerkats, marmosets and big cats.
The Darling Downs Zoo is open 6 days a week (closed on Tuesdays) and is well worth a visit.