Adelaide Zoo is one of Adelaide’s premier attractions. It is one of the most popular whistle stop tours on Great Southern Rail, and makes a great outing for families.
Adelaide Zoo is different from every other zoo I have been to in Australia so far. (And I have been to ALOT). First off, they have pandas. They are famous for their pandas. They are the only zoo in Australia or New Zealand to have pandas. But what else makes them different?
Adelaide Zoo is one of the only zoos in Australia which features more international animals than local ones. This is either a good or bad thing depending on what you want from your zoo experience. If you are a tourist who wants to see mostly Australian animals (Adelaide zoo does have Australian animals as well, but they are definitely not its focus), then you might be better visiting Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast or Currumbin on the Gold Coast, or Lone Pine in Brisbane.
If you want to be wowed by a wide variety of international animals, with some local ones thrown in for good measure – and maybe even get a photo of a meerkat and a giraffe… in the same photo frame (!) – then Adelaide zoo is a great choice.
Highlights of Adelaide Zoo
Pandas – Adelaide zoo is the only zoo in the Southern hemisphere to have a panda exhibit. This is the main draw for many people to the zoo. The exhibit currently has two giant pandas; one male and one female. And the hope is that someday they will be able to get them to breed.
A wide variety of animals – Adelaide zoo, unlike some other famous zoos in Australia, has an extremely wide range of animals from all over the world. One of the first animals you will meet when entering the zoo is two hippos. Other highlights include lions, tigers, African hunting dogs, giraffes, and giant turtles.
Central location – Adelaide zoo, unlike many other zoos, is conveniently located near the city centre of Adelaide.
Nitty Gritty of Adelaide Zoo
· Opening hours – Adelaide zoo is open from 9:30 – 5:00 every day of the year.
· Admission cost – Adult $31.50, Concession $22.00
· Location – Adelaide parklands
· Cost of the whistle stop tour – $59.50 which includes transfers to and from the train
We visited Adelaide as a guest with Great Southern Rail. Great Southern rail operates whistle stop tours to Adelaide zoo for those who are only passing through the city on their journeys elsewhere. However, all opinions remain our own.