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Best time to Visit the Zoo:

Best time of Day to Visit the Zoo is the Morning time, you can pre-order any Hot food (if you want to)

Best things to see at that time

You can feed the Birds and see the big cats when they are more active also check out the Alligators but you will also have enough time to see see any talks you want to catch! see below for talks Remember if you want to feed any animals the special food is purchased from reception

Stop for lunch at the one of the FREE Picnic area before finishing the afternoon with the things you missed in the morning. After im sure you will want to head home as i’m sure you will need rest from all the excitement of the day, but not before stopping through the Gift shop to buy yourself a little momento from your day at the Hunter Valley Zoo.

Summer is a good time to visit the Zoo as the alligator are more active from feeding more.

Gift vouchers are available if you were thinking of surprising a friend or loved one and making the experience extra special . They can be mailed to a nominated address.

So where does all your money go, you ask?

The Money you spend at the Zoo goes to supporting the Animals to make sure their stay at the zoo is as comfortable as they can make it and take care of the Welfare of the different Species.

So check it out and support the Animals their keepers, be educated and and learn how to conserve.

It really is a great experience for families as well as adults and big kids.


What you can Expect to see at the Hunter Valley Zoo:


Hunter Valley Zoo is also home to some great Australian Mammals as well as Mammals from all over the world. It has some the best Australian Iconic animals such as Koalas and Wombats. You can check them out at the daily shows and talks.  The Hunter Valley Zoo also has an interactive yard that allows you to get up close and personal with  some of farmyard goats, sheep, deer, kangaroos and wallabies you have the opportunity to pat feed them with the Food you buy from reception.

The Hunter Valley Zoo also has African Lions if you can't afford to get over to Africa which is not to be missed are most active in the morning when they are fed extra food. Just when you think it's already amazing the Zoo also have other large cats such as Cheetahs and Serval Cats, Foxes, Dingoes, Tasmanian Devils, Camels, Deers, Llama and Flying foxes. Another Great opportunity is that you get to have a chance to get especially close and personal with a  Meerkat encounter

Repties and Birds

A Highlight when visiting the Hunter Valley zoo is that you can feed the Birds, you can Purchase animal food from the Reception and feed especially the Lorikeets in the walk through aviary. It will create a lasting memory for the little ones and make for great photos. The Hunter Valley Zoo have such a wide range of beautiful birds as well as reptiles, snakes, tortoises, alligators and many lizards on display to see.The Keeper and volunteers do bring them out during the day so you can get up close and personal with these amazing creatures. It is a great time to visit the Zoo in Summer as the Alligators feed more often and you can catch a feeding from one of the Keepers

Primates (Monkeys)

Hunter Valley Zoo Boosts some amazing Monkeys from different types of Lemurs to Tamarins as well as Pygmy marmosets which is the smallest of the primates. There are Spider Monkeys and crab eating Macaques. More up-close and personal encounters are available with two of the species of Monkeys which are  the emperor Tamarin and the marmoset

Emperor Tamarin

 Common Marmoset

What's Included-

  • 20 Minutes Playing, interacting and feeding our marmosets
  • Please contact zoo for times and availability
  • A Zoo Keeper will be there to answer any questions and provide some interesting facts
  • Take as many photos as you like on your camera and keep the special memories to show friends and family
  • Cost differs for each encounter
  • (*Price does not include admission into the zoo)
  • Maximum of 2 people per Encounter, this can include other people in your group
  • Ages: 10 yrs and older (This is for the safety of both children and the animals, sorry for any inconvenience)
  • No Colds or Flu Symptoms as primates can catch human colds
  • FULLY ENCLOSED FLAT shoes are required
  • Terms and Conditions apply

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Everything you need to know about your Visit to the Hunter Valley Zoo

Contact Information

Address: 138 Lomas Ln, Nulkaba NSW 2325

Phone: (02) 4990 7714

How to get there

From Sydney:

Take Freeman's Waterhole Exit, through Brunkerville and then turn left at the roundabout and head into Cessnock. You can also keep travelling up to the Hunter Expressway and come through Lovedale.

From Newcastle:

Take the Lovedale Exit heading towards Pokolbin Left at the end of Lovedale Rd, then they are the next road on the left (Lomas Lane). St.Phillips Christian Collage sits on the corner of Lomas Lane.

Opening Hours

Saturday 9am–4pm
Sunday 9am–4pm
Monday 9am–4pm
Tuesday 9am–4pm
Wednesday Closed Open all week during School Holidays
Thursday 9am–4pm
Friday 9am–4pm

Closed Christmas and Boxing day

Admission Fee, Rates, Cost of Entry:

Adults                $29.00

Concession       $25.00

Children*           $15.00 (3 - 15 years)

*Children 2 and under are FREE

Discounts Vouchers + Family Passses

School Group Prices See - School Excursions

10% Discount for group bookings with more than 10 paying customers Birthday Parties & Group

Family Passes           $80.00 (2 Adults + 2 Children)   

Extra Children          $13.00 each

*Family Passes are not available in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

Companion Cards Accepted

To book go directly to the website: Bookings


  • Free Parking
  • Picnic Areas with Free gas BBQ's
  • Group Bookings Free to Reserve
  • Fixed tables and seats in Picnic area.
  • Disabled Access paths around the zoo are dirt and grass but still accessible for wheelchairs.


  • Male, Female and Disabled toilets
  • Baby Change Table located in Disabled toilets.
  • Snacks, Refreshments & Gift Shop


  • Sandwiches
  • Muffins
  • wraps
  • Chip packets
  • Ice creams
  • Sweets
  • Cold drinks
  • Pies and sausage rolls*
  • Hot beverages*

*Available upon request as you must advise staff upon arrival to give them enough time to cook in the oven.

Daily Talks/Shows *

10:00 am - Wombat Talk
10:30 am - Malayan Tapir Talk
11:00 am - African Lion Talk
11:30 am - Capuchin Talk
12:30 pm - Koala Talk
1:00 pm  - Cheetah Talk
2:00 pm  - Meerkat Talk
3:00 pm  - White African Lion Talk

* ALL shows are subject to change, weather and dependent on the animals on the day. Please contact or check with reception if there is a particular show you are interested in.