Hunter Valley Zoo, Cessnock

Currently Open [Closes at 04:00 pm]
  • Address: 138 Lomas Ln, Nulkaba NSW 2325, Australia, Cessnock
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +61-249907714
  • Ticket Price: 20 AUD
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Wildlife Park, Zoo, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Nature
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About Hunter Valley Zoo, Cessnock

Located in the Hunter Valley wine region just outside of Cessnock, the zoo is small but fun trip for the whole family. Visitors can see the animals at close quarters and even feed them during the feeding times. There are a wide variety of animals including monkeys, American Alligators, Tasmanian Devils, kangaroos, koalas, dingoes, reptiles and native birds. There are daily shows and encounters with the animals where visitors can pet a wombat and even cuddle a koala! The zoo also has a gift shop.

Hunter Valley Zoo Information

  • There are free gas BBQ facilities and picnic grounds here.
  • Bring your own camera and make the most of photo-ops with the animals.
  • There are daily feeding times that visitors can participate in, call the zoo for information.
  • The zoo has disabled access.
  • Snacks and refreshments are available.

Hunter Valley Zoo Ticket Prices

  • Children (3-15 years)- $12.00 AUD; Concession- $18.00 AUD; Family pass (2 Adults - 2 Children)- $60.00 AUD; Extra Children- $10.00 AUD; Children under 3 are free.

How To reach Hunter Valley Zoo by Public Transport

  • Bus Stop: Nulkaba Post Office Allandale Rd by Bus 167 Cessnock To Nulkaba Loop. 

Restaurants Near Hunter Valley Zoo

  • Old Brickworks Brasserie

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Things to Know Before Visiting Hunter Valley Zoo

  • 95% of people who visit Cessnock include Hunter Valley Zoo in their plan

  • 86.47% of people start their Hunter Valley Zoo visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Hunter Valley Zoo

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95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Hunter Valley Zoo

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Hunter Valley Zoo, Cessnock Reviews

  • A little pricey for the size but it's the easiest and safest way to get close to the wild life you came to see. Yeah you can see kangaroos in the nearby treelines as long as you're patient, quiet, still, and lucky or you can just go to the hunter valley zoo walk right up to them and say hey buddy you want to eat these pellets out of my hand? Yes? No? How about this ice cream cone? Yeah I know what you like. Maybe get a fist bump on camera while you watch them eat. Also get a chance to see some dingos, koalas, a Tasmanian devil and many other local animals (No platypus though).

  • My partner and I went to the zoo for my birthday, thinking it would be very small and only take an hour or 2 out of our day and have some basic animals and enclosures. We were wrong, it was brilliant! We ended up staying for the better part of 5 hours. It was larger than we imagined, and the animal talks were spaced evenly and well timed. All the keepers were super knowledgeable about their animals and had time to answer any questions and chat. They were really friendly also! Since tourist season had finished there weren't many people there either, so there were no crowds to battle with, and we had no difficulty getting up close to the enclosures. We did visit on quite a hot day and definitely didn't take enough water. There are cool drinks available for purchase etc but I'd recommend making sure you have plenty of iced water, especially if you're taking children in the middle of the day. Also be sure to keep up with sunscreen applications, I got a little burnt because I lost track of time and we were standing in the sun quite a lot. Overall it was an incredibly positive experience for only $30 and we will visit again if we come back to the Hunter Valley! Thanks to all the keepers and staff for making our visit thoroughly enjoyable!!

  • We went on Thursday and it was fabulous. Friendly staff. Great set up so you can see the animals up close. Plus for $5 you get 3 bags of feed to share with the animals. Lots of seating and space to have a bbq so you can bring your own food. Actually it would be great if there was a cafe or something too as we got pretty hungry. Highly recommended.

  • Well worth a visit. Great hands on experience with lots of different animals - some you can hand feed too. Interesting & informative talks given throughout the day on many of the animals. Its a nice place to have a picnic. Would like to have it a bit more wheelchair friendly in places with less gravel, but it's good that there are no steps. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there & highly recommend it. We will definitely go there again. However considering the zoo is a tourist destination, the Cessnock Council should be ashamed of themselves for the road leading to the Hunter Valley Zoo - it is not a long stretch of dirt road so it should be sealed without any excuses.

  • Had a great time there, took my nephews that are 5 and 10 years old they love it. We went to the alligator feeding where the staff did a great job with all there alligator facts then after the show we started talking to one of the staff members, it just happened to be the owner of the zoo, he stood and spoke with us for a good 1/2 an jour with his young son by his side, he spoke with great passion for the zoo and i highly recommend that people go and visit and support family owned zoo. This was my third visit there and was awesome to see the owners passion in running this zoo. Well done guys

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