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Where to Stay When Visiting Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo

A road trip to Dubbo to see the animals roaming free is a popular trip for many Aussie families. With a five-hour drive to get there however, you’ll need to find a great place to stay - and we have several ideas to suit all budgets.

1. Taronga Western Plains Zoo

This is the luxe option if you have a big budget and want to have a really special experience. Stay overnight at the zoo in a special five-star cabin right next to an open paddock resembling an African Savannah with free roaming giraffe, buffalo, ostriches and more. As part of the package you get lots of bonuses such as meals included, two days admission to the zoo and two special behind the scenes tours.

2. Best Western Bluegum Motor Inn

The best in the budget category, The Best Western is located right in the heart of Dubbo town, a short 10-minute drive from the zoo. Rooms are big and clean, with family-sized accommodation including a queen plus two single beds, an empty bar fridge (no worries about kids grabbing snacks and having to foot the bill!) and complimentary Wi-Fi, milk, bottled water and apples.
Rates start at $177 per night.

3. Taronga Western Plains Zoo Savannah Cabins

For an affordable option to stay at the zoo in a unique location, families with up to six people can stay in a Savannah Cabin, located three-kilometres from the zoo entry. The cabins overlook a natural grassland, with the zoo’s African Savannah exhibit only 280-metres in the distance. Each cabin is air conditioned with full kitchen, two bedrooms and two bathrooms plus a sofa bed in the living area and include free Wi-Fi, Foxtel and use of an outdoor space with BBQs.
Rates range from $279 - $329 per night for a room only.

4. Taronga Western Plains Zoo Billabong Camp

Get a taste of the true outdoors by staying onsite at the zoo in the Billabong Camp. Packages include one night accommodation in a tent, nibbles on arrival, dinner and an evening supper, continental buffet breakfast, two day admission to Taronga Western Plains Zoo and a range of guided animal encounters and tours featuring Australian and Asian animals. Each tent is 3-metres x 3-metres, made from heavy-duty canvas with a solid floor, and can sleep up to three people (two stretchers and one sleeping mat). Each campsite has two tents next to each other.

Rates are per person, per night: Adults $169, Children aged 5-15 $95, family (two adults and two children) $450. You can bring your own bed linen or hire it from the camp. Sleeping kits include sleeping bag, liner, pillow, pillowcase $15, sleeping bag and liner $10, pillow and pillowcase $5. Surcharges apply for school holidays. Children must be aged five or older to stay in the Billabong Camp.

Christine Knight writes about navigating the world and parenthood on her site, Adventure, Baby!. You can find her sampling gelato and cake around the world with her preschooler, or building sandcastles at the beach in her home town of Sydney.

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