If you haven’t been to the Hunter Valley Zoo in Nulkaba, then pack a picnic and head there pronto! We went for the first time on Boxing Day with Nanna and the Sydney cousins, and we had an absolute ball.
The Hunter Valley Zoo originally opened its doors in 2006 on the site of a former deer park. Although it hasn’t been around for long, the zoo has built up a lovely collection of animals (both furred and feathered) and an excellent reputation.
Wallabies, lions, alligators and – my personal favourite – a tapir, are just a few of the creatures on show. And the site is small enough to be totally manageable with little people. It is also beautifully kept, with clear signage to tell you what you’re looking at. Just in case you think that the brown camels are in fact llamas, like muggins here . . .
We loved that you can get up really close to some of the creatures – like these goats, deer and llamas (er, correction: camels). We actually went in a pen with some goats, too, but I didn’t get a pic as they were super-excited to see us (i.e. leaping around, rearing up on their hind legs as they tried to reach the cones of food we had bought on arrival). Yes, we weren’t feeding the friendly creatures ice cream, in case you were wondering from the photo below; the cones actually contain special animal pellets.
The zoo is open every day during the school holidays. Ickle and Mivvy both gave it a big thumbs up. Ickle particularly liked the dingoes and wolves and Mivvy thought the sheep were great. Looks like we’ll be going back again in 2018!
Happy New Year!