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The Shoalhaven Zoo

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by Manuel (subscribe)
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Published April 5th 2022
Experience unique animal encounters in the South Coast
On the banks of the beautiful Shoalhaven River set in bushland amongst the most spectacular natural rock formations, Shoalhaven Zoo is an attraction you should not miss just around 4 kilometres from the Shoalhaven River Bridge in North Nowra. It boasts of an extensive collection of native and exotic animals, and while it is not the biggest in New South Wales, rest assured that it has the most diverse group of animals in the South Coast.

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The Shoalhaven Zoo is set in natural bushland and rock formations.


Shoalhaven Zoo sets itself apart from competition. From the parking lot, you'd already have a sense of the adventure that awaits. There are rocks and big boulders which are part of the natural environment and incorporated into the zoo. For instance, the Hanging Rock is simply breathtaking.

Shoalhaven Zoo is not just a zoo, it is a venue for a good trek, or a challenging hike. It can never be boring there. It can be exhausting though, particularly if you have led a sedentary life for some time.

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The hanging rock at Shoalhaven Zoo. It is definitely an interesting rock formation.


You can also get up close and personal with all sorts of animals at Shoalhaven Zoo. Children would surely love a visit. They get a chance to pet animals, including an echidna! The Shoalhaven Zoo offers different experiences, such as the lion feeding encounter. You'll be assisted by one of the zoo keepers feed lions. There's a maximum of 4 people per session, however, and an experience fee of A$80 per person needs to be paid on top of the admission ticket.

The Monkey Madness is an experience to hand feed Marmoset Monkeys, with session times at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. Ticket for the experience is A$80 per person on top of admission costs. But don't worry, a keeper will be with you at all times to answer any questions you may have, or to take photos for you.

Meerkat Mania is an experience with the meerkats. Sit down with these lovely critters and feed them from your hands, whilst they entertain you with their social antics, digging, crawling and snuggling all around you. Ticket for the experience is likewise A$80 per person on top of admission costs.

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When inside an animal pen, you have to be careful and look where you'd be stepping. A tortoise might be wandering about, and you wouldn't want to startle a turle, or worse, trip on it.


For a chance to meet the Zoo's gorgeous wombats, to come face to face with a lion or all four of them, to meet the elusive Maned wolves, to monkey around with the Marmoset Troupe and so much more, you'll need a VIP Encounter ticket but which will set you back A$270 per person.

For the Ultimate Aussie Experience cuddling up to a Koala and a Kangaroo, getting all wrapped up in a snake and a snapping good time with a crocodile, private sessions are available 1:00PM to 2:00PM everyday at A$160 per person.

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Petting an echidna at Shoalhaven Zoo in Nowra, NSW.


The Shoalhaven Zoo is more than just a zoo. It has full camping facilities, including toilet blocks with hot showers and a cafe offering a range of tasty meals and snacks. Cooking by a camping stove, however, is always an alternative. Shoalhaven Zoo also has facilities for a Treetop Adventure, which promises a good time for children and adults alike. (For a glimpse of a TreeTop Adventure Park, have a look at the one on the Central Coast here).

General admission at Shoalhaven Zoo is A$17 for children aged 3-15 and A$ for those aged 16 and up. Click here to check out discounted tickets for families, students, disability pensioners, and carers.

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Big boulders forming cave-like structures make up part of the walk around Shoalhaven Zoo.


Thumbnail photo credit: Jimmy Chan / Pexels

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