Daintree Zoo: A Sleep on the Wild Side
There are several zoo’s in North Queensland but only one that also offers B&B accommodation so if you’re looking for somewhere a little different to stay, why not check out the Daintree Wild Zoo.
Okay so you won’t actually be sleeping beside the crocodile enclosure or pitching your tent beside the wombats, but you will get a comfortable ensuite motel-style room with shared balcony overlooking some of the animal enclosures.
All the rooms have animal names, are tastefully decorated in neutral colours, have large ensuites and tea and coffee facilities. Most rooms come with queen size beds and there are some rooms that also have bunks to cater for families.
Breakfast is included and is enjoyed in the downstairs dining area each morning. There is also a pool and of course the zoo, which is home to many Australian animals.
On the day we visited the Daintree Zoo it was bucketing down with rain, as you can tell from our rather grey photos. Rain is not unusual in the Wet Tropics so we simply grabbed an umbrella from reception and headed out for a walk around the zoo.
They tried to sneakily disappear under the water when they heard us approach but since we were so high up we had a good view down into their enclosures.
The zoo also has a few farm animals including horses and ducks as well as inquisitive kangaroos and wallabies that came to greet us as we walked along the path.
Luckily we had a bag of kangaroo food with us, which they eagerly ate straight from our hands.
There were also lots of different bird aviaries with an enormous variety of birds including kookaburras, cockatoos, owls, eagles and lots of other breeds of colourful birds.
The range of animals is quite impressive for a small zoo but during our visit we also saw turtles, large lizards, quolls, emus, wombats, dingoes, snakes and tiny, baby possums.
Our children absolutely loved it.
travel nq weather tip
Since Far North Queensland is in the ‘Wet’ Tropics rainy periods are inevitable but don’t let this deter you from visiting the Daintree. The rainforest and attractions are just as beautiful in the rain and sometimes provide more unique experiences as everything comes to life in the wet.