News - Darling Downs Zoo
As with every other zoo in Queensland, the Darling Downs Zoo is legally obliged to comply with the law.
At the moment the law is very specific that all people who enter the zoo, even our staff and contractors, must be double vaccinated or have an authorised exemption.
All entrants must show our staff proof of vaccinations in an acceptable form, or an appropriately issued exemption from vaccination.
The zoo is liable for very heavy fines if it does not obey this law.
We understand that there are some people who do not wish to be vaccinated and we respect that choice.
We do not have any choice about the law and so we ask that you respect our position.
Do not take your anger out against our staff - they can't change the law for you. However, they are duty bound to ensure that all entrants to the zoo are in compliance with the law.
Please show them the respect that we are all showing you.
Unfortunately our well known sausage sizzle will be off the lunchtime menu for a few weeks as we undertake some work on our cooking facilities.
You are always welcome to bring along your own picnic, or use one of our outdoor barbeques for free.
Our shop sells a range of sandwiches, pies, sausage rolls, croissants, tea, coffee, cold drinks and ice creams.
Thanks for your understanding.
Although our quarry is flooded and we also can't hire any machinery at the moment, we have been able to use the tractor to grade the worst parts of the paths.
We are now open again but we advise visitors to wear their tough walking shoes.
The paths are not yet suitable for prams with small wheels or for people with mobility issues.
We will be continuing to work on them, as machinery and materials become available, so that they will be up to speed again for the upcoming holidays - weather permitting!
Following yesterday's very heavy rain, and continuing rain today with more forecast, the zoo will be closed all day today - Thursday 9 December.
We apologise for the disappointment and inconvenience that this decision will cause to some of you but hope that you understand that all of our decisions are made with the best interests of our animals, our visitors and our staff in mind.
Following the best rain that we have had here for a decade, the sun is now shining again and the zoo is open!
We open at 9am every day except Christmas Day, last entries to the zoo are at 3pm and the closes each day at 4pm.
The paths are still a bit on the rough side so wear your walking shoes or boots. The grass is still soggy in parts but you will be OK if you stay on the paths.
Gift Cards are on sale for Christmas gifts - just phone the zoo on 07 4696 4107 between 9.30am and 3pm, have your credit card handy and our friendly staff will do the rest.
Following even more rain in the past 24 hours our grounds and paths are still too waterlogged to get machinery on to them to repair them.
Therefore the zoo will remain closed today - Thursday 02/12/2021.
All of our animals are safe and well and we expect to be able to welcome you all back by tomorrow - weather permitting.
Please accept our apologies for any disappointment.
The Darling Downs Zoo will be closed all day to day, Wednesday 1 December 2021 while we clean up some damage caused by recent heavy rain.
We apologise for any disappointment and look forward to seeing you back at regional Queensland's largest zoo very soon.
Although eleven South-east Queensland LGAs will be locked down for the next three days, the Darling Downs Zoo is OPEN - but not to visitors from any of those eleven areas.
You will need to use your app to enter, you will need to keep your facemasks on when in any of the zoo buildings, you will need to practise social distancing and you will need to avail yourself of the hand sanitisers and soap stations around the zoo. That will help us all to stay safe.
All of the zoo's keeper talks and personal Animal Encounters will be available and our popular sausage sizzle will commence at midday.
We will be open from 9am, last entries will be at 3pm and the zoo will close at 4pm.
We are very pleased to announce that the Australian Government has granted us Deductible Gift Recipient [DGR] status from 6 July 2021.
This means that all donations in excess of $2 made to the Darling Downs Zoo Species Preservation Foundation are tax deductible for the donor.
Every cent of the income from this Foundation is used to fund our species preservation work here - particularly our back of house breeding and release to the wild work with Greater Bilbies and Bush-stone Curlews.
We very much appreciate your support.
30 JUNE 2021
At the moment the Darling Downs Zoo is not affected by any lockdowns and is still open to visitors from non-lockdown areas.
If you have been in any of the lockdown areas in Queensland, or hotspots in other States, or if you are feeling unwell please delay your visit to the zoo until a safer time. We will still be here to welcome you!
If you are eligible to visit now, you must strictly adhere to social distancing requirements and you must regularly use the disinfectant hand gel at the dispensers around the zoo and use the soap hand washing facilities at the Zebra paddock and in all of the toilets.
On arrival you will be required to log in using the QR code on the official Check In Queensland app.
What better way to spend Easter Monday than by heading west for a day trip to the Darling Downs Zoo?
Here you will see Queensland's most diverse collection of native and exotic wildlife in the clean fresh air of the Darling Downs.
We are open from 9am to 4pm although last entries are at 3pm. Normal prices - no holiday loadings.
You can bring your own food or enjoy our kiosk style tucker or a fresh BBQ sausage sizzle for lunch.
So what are you waiting for? Head west and enjoy our wonderful animals - less stress, less cost, less traffic and less rain!!
The zoo is open again today but the paths and paddocks are very soggy.
Please wear sensible footwear and, if you have any mobility issues, please delay your visit until we return to normal.
The Giraffe will only be able to be seen from a distance as their paddock is waterlogged.
A big shout out to our dedicated staff who have worked tirelessly in very trying conditions to keep all of the animals safe and comfortable.
COVID RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN RELAXED A LITTLE BUT YOU MUST STILL SCAN THE QR CODE, OR GIVE US YOUR DETAILS FOR CONTACT TRACING, PRIOR TO ENTRY.
SOCIAL DISTANCING AND GOOD HYGIENE MUST ALSO CONTINUE TO BE PRACTICED.
VISITORS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO HANDLE ANY OF THE ITEMS IN THE GIFT SHOP PRIOR TO PURCHASE.
We are now pretty well back to normal with our daily program. There have been some changes to our daily photo op and keeper talks program as follows:
10.15 Meet a baby Crocodile - bring your camera!
10.40 Asian Primate talk.
10.50 Sumatran tiger talk and treat feed.
11.10 Pygmy Hippo and Meerkat talk.
11.15 Giraffe treat feed and Cheetah talk.
11.20 African Lion talk and treat feed.
11.40 Baboon treat feed
12.00 Sausage sizzle from $2.50 per serve
1.00 Meet a Python up close and personal - another free photo session!
1.30 African Lion talk and treat feed.
The Premier has had to announvce some new covid restrictions in some Local Government Areas around Brisbane.
Fortunately, the Darling Downs is not one of those areas.
The zoo operates under a covid safe plan and is open daily from 9am. Last entries are at 3pm and the zoo closes at 4pm.
We are open every day of the year except Christmas Day.
Come and enjoy our beautiful animals in covid safe surroundings.
Regional Queensland needs you and we are Good to Go!!