Adelaide Zoo

"Come see great animals at Adelaide Zoo!"

If you fancy an afternoon surrounded by animals then this is a great Adelaide activity.

You'll find a great selection of both Australian animals as well as International ones including lions and penguins. The main attraction is definitely the Giant Pandas which are just awesome.

What struck me about this zoo is just how well landscaped it was - this really is more than just a zoo, the scenery and greenery are a real delight.

It's also great for young kids as the petting zoo is wonderful, allowing the kids to stroke and feed the animals.

How to Get to Adelaide Zoo

You'll find the zoo just outside the main city not far from the river and the Adelaide Oval cricket ground.

You can get here by bus (271 or 273 from Currie Street) or get the shuttle bus that passes every hour and stops off fairly close - nearer the Oval.

You can enjoy a little ferry journey along the river if you prefer. Popeye boats are who you would need and they depart from Elders park. You need to check frequency though. It's a good service during the school holidays for example.

How Much Does It Cost And Opening Times

The best value ticket is probably the FAMILY TIcket which costs about $85 and is for 2 adults and up to 3 children.

If you really love animals and fancy combining your visit with a trip to Monarto Zoo, which is 40 minutes from Adelaide, then take out the "two zoo" pass.

Otherwise an adult is about $32 and a child is about $18. The classify children as 4 to 14.

Opening Times are 9.30am to 5.30pm every day including Christmas. Some of the attractions inside the park are only open 10-4 for example.

What Animals Will You See?

There really are heaps of animals here so you could spend an entire day here if you so wished. Key highlights though are probably:

  • Giraffes, lions, tigers, Monkeys and Hippos in terms of the big animals
  • Australian animals such as Kangaroos, Koalas and Wombats
  • The star attraction is certainly the Giant Pandas. They usually only allow a group at a time to see the pandas which can mean a bit of a wait. You have to book a time slot to see them. The queue looks a bit daunting but it is worth it and the queue moved quickly. Otherwise it would probably be too crowded to see them I guess
  • Snakes, turtles, alligators and some pretty birds
  • My favourite was the petting zoo as we took my young daughter. They allow you to feed the animals between certain times of the day. We were able to cuddle the rabbits, meet the cows goats, guinea pigs and more.

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