The Best Zoo Sleepovers In Australia

  • Toddlers

In the jungle, the mighty jungle… you know the words, well why not bring the family along and experience the very real feeling of sleeping within feet of lions, elephants, hippos, gorillas and other hairy beasts for the night? Australian zoos play host to incredible real-life zoo sleepovers, so if you’re in the mood for an overnight safari experience with the kids, here are some of the best Australia has to offer. 

Zoofari Lodge, Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Wake up to the sounds of the African savannah in the heart of the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Their Zoofari Lodge experience is the closest thing to an African Safari you’ll experience within 6 hours of Sydney. All luxury Zoofari Lodges have a prime viewing spot of the nearby animals, or for something a little wilder, you can camp under the stars in very close proximity to the lions’ den at their Billabong Camp.

Recommended for ages 5+
For more information on accommodation at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, visit the website.

Slumber Safari, Werribee Open Range Zoo

Luxury lodging, campfires, marshmallows, safaris, and animal encounters are all on the agenda at Werribee Open Range Zoo in South Victoria. Their Slumber Safari Experience is ideal for families keen to get among the animals and summon African safari vibes for the night. Their cabins look like they’ve been picked straight out of the African bush and their overnight accommodation packages include 2-day entry to Werribee Zoo, a hosted safari, dinner, buffet breakfast, animal encounters and more.  

Recommended for all ages
To book your Slumber Safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo, visit the website.

Roar And Snore, Taronga Zoo Sydney

For an overnight animal experience a little closer to home, Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo Sydney is roaring your name. The Roar and Snore night safari is one of the most popular animal experiences in Sydney and delights families with animal encounters, keeper talks, delicious cuisine, rugged safari-style tents, and not to mention one of the most stunning views of Sydney Harbour to wake up to in the morning.

For something a little more luxurious, Taronga Zoo’s newest wildlife experience, their Wildlife Retreat, presents an eco-friendly haven for those keen to get up-close-and-personal with some of Taronga’s cuddliest creatures. Date night, anyone?

Recommended for ages 5+
For more information on Roar And Snore At Taronga Zoo, visit the website.

Jamala Wildlife Lodge, Canberra

At Jamala Wildlife Lodge in Canberra, you can take your pick of their Giraffe Treehouses, Jungle Bungalows, or exclusive uShaka Lodge, but whichever one you choose, you can guarantee a very wild night. Housed within the National Zoo & Aquarium in Canberra, Jamala Wildlife Lodge is one of the most exquisite safari experiences in Australia and offers pure luxury for visiting families, and not to mention waking up to scarier faces than mum without her makeup on in the morning.

Recommended for ages 6+ depending on which room you choose.
For more information on the Jamala Wildlife Lodge experience, visit the website.

Roar 'n' Snore, Melbourne Zoo

Another roar and snore overnight experience is available at Melbourne's premier zoo where you'll get to explore the zoo after dark. Melbourne Zoo's Roar 'n' Snore overnight camping experience runs from September through to May on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and is a true off-the-grid safari adventure. Dine in the Elephant House, explore the zoo after dark, get up-close-and-personal with the animals, and listen to wild animal stories before retreating to your safari tent for the night. Waking up to the sounds of the wilderness instead of your phone will feel like a complete respite from everyday life.

Recommended for ages 5+
For more information on Roar 'n' Snore At Melbourne Zoo, visit the website.

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

If scary sea life is more your taste, then get ready to sleep with sharks at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast. The Sleep Under The Sea school holiday activity is available for families with children aged 5+ and promises to be one scary sleepover. See the aquarium after-dark and get up close with coastal critters that like to come out and play during the middle of the night. Your overnight stay at SEA LIFE includes guided tours, night feedings, after-dark seal shows, tasty meals and more.

Recommended for ages 5+
To find out more about the Sleep Under The Sea at SEA LIFE experience, visit the website.

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