Thursday was a bright sunnny day with temperatures in the low to mid 20’s. After a delicious breakfast we headed into town and explored Dubbo CBD. This city has a population of about 30,000 and is the main regional business hub for central NSW. I had been here twice before on business trips but as usual for that sort of trip, I had only really seen the route from the airport to the hotel
We headed off across the Macquarie River to the zoo and came across a group of people travelling in Morris Minors, Oxfords & 800’s. We had first seen them in Forbes and there were about a dozen cars in their group. They had started from Goulbourn and were heading to Mudgee.
At the zoo, we timed it right to get to a number of exhibits at the time the keepers were giving a talk on their animals. It was very interesting to hear about giraffes, cheetahs and elephants in this way. Their is a 6 kilometre loop road through the zoo and a different species of animal in different types of open enclosures about every 2 – 400 metres. We filled in most of the day very easily and took about 300 photos (most of which I’ll discard when I get back to my computer.
The animals here seemed to be very comfortable. Their enclosures mimic their natural habitat and are large enough for them to have plenty of room. I couldn’t see any form of captivirty behaviour that I have often come acrtoss in metroloitan zoos.
By late afternoon, we did one final circuit of the loop road just to make sure that we had seen everything and after a quickb look at the Bongos, we then headed back to the B&B for afternoon tea.
We caught up with Adrian and Jenny Starr for dinner and then drove back to Pericoe Resort being carefull to miss any kangaroos that may have been on the night roads.