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Darling Down Zoo
Corner of Gatton-Clifton Road
And Baines Road
Pilton
QLD
4361
Tel: 7 4696 4107

Directions

The Darling Downs Zoo is situated on the Gatton-Clifton Road which runs between Tent Hill [near Gatton] in the east and the New England Highway [near Clifton] in the west. This road is State Road 80 and this is indicated at intervals along it's route by a blue shield with the numbers 80. The road is often referred to locally as the Heifer Creek road or the Ma Ma Creek road.

Where are we going today?

Darling Down is a privately owned zoo split into continental sections: Africa, South America, South-east Asia and Australia plus the only permanent white lion exhibit in Queensland. The attraction is suited to all age groups and hard surfaced paths are wheel and push chair accessible.

The animals are in naturalistic habitats with informative and educational postings on the species you encounter.

Daily events include python display, big cat feeding and keep talks, plus if you fancy spending the money Special Encounters are available with pre booking.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$26
  • Children$16
  • Free Under: 3 years
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

9am to 4pm (last entry 3pm) closed Tuesdays.

Teachers corner

School excursions welcomed with pre booking..

Any Top Tips?

Encounters go for around $50 per person..

What people are saying?

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    Excellent - Very Child Friendly - plenty of space to move around - good range of animals and you can get quite close compared to more expensive options!

    Got some excellent photos.

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    We had a great day yesterday, thanks Darling Downs Zoo. We wish you had government backing to help with your ongoing projects and are extremely amazed that you have a great growing zoo without it. At $26 entry for an adult then less for kids and pensioners, to us that was fabulous value for money. We were late getting up and had originally planned to take a picnic lunch, so I had expected to pay through the nose for lunch…but all of the food and drink items were lower than most corner take-away shops…$4.10 for a mug of cappuccino is very fair...Read More

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    Been there before kids loved it. Had an awsum day. Going back tomorrw kids cant wait. Well worth the 2 hour drive to get there.

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    Nice family owned wildlife park, had a lovely time,will only get better when more animals are brought in. Well Worth the time to visit, if you have children they will love, and a must do is have a snake over your neck.

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    THIS WAS A MOST OUTSTANDING EXPERIENCE!!! WE FED THE BIG CATS, PLAYED WITH THE MARMOSET MONKEYS AND REALLY ENJOYED OURSELVES! UNFORTUNATELY MY UNCLE WAS UNABLE TO WALK AROUND THE ZOO SO THEY DROVE HIM AROUND IN A CAR! I CANNOT PRAISE THEM ENOUGH! I WILL BE BACK FOR SURE AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ZOO TO EVERYONE FOR A TRULY GREAT DAY!!

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by Patrick Darvo

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We had a great day yesterday, thanks Darling Downs Zoo. We wish you had government backing to help with your ongoing projects and are extremely amazed that you have a great growing zoo without it. At $26 entry for an adult then less for kids and pensioners, to us that was fabulous value for money. We were late getting up and had originally planned to take a picnic lunch, so I had expected to pay through the nose for lunch…but all of the food and drink items were lower than most corner take-away shops…$4.10 for a mug of cappuccino is very fair and the old favourite of the kids (and me) the bbq sausage in bread for just $2. Make sure you turn up for the start of their ‘Daily Events’ to get all the info…it made it more personal and interesting. Great to see a caring team that love their work.

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