Hunter Valley Zoo

Even in Australia, it's not everyday we get to see kangaroos and wallabies, much less to get right up close to feed one and give it a sneaky little cuddle. But that's exactly what Alexander got to do last month with a rare albino wallaby at the Hunter Valley Zoo. Pretty cool huh?
Funny thing is, Stu and I have been to the Hunter Valley so many times in the pre-baby days and we didn't even know this place existed. It was only after seeing on Facebook, photos of a friend who recently went with her toddler boy that came to know of its existence. So while we were up North in the area with my parents, we decided to visit. And I'm so glad we did.

Apart from getting up close and personal with the kangaroos and wallabies, there were also camels, deers, goats, sheeps, wombats, koalas and other weird and wonderful animals to feed and pat. The little boy LOVED it and was shrieking in delight most of the time we were there.
One of the highlights of our visit was feeding the lorikeets in the giant walk in aviary. There must have been hundreds of these gregarious, colourful native parrots and as we held up our cones, they just flock up and have a nibble. One of them even perched on Alexander's head for a good ten minutes!
We had so much fun at the zoo especially Alexander who fell asleep mere minutes after being strapped into his car seat (a sure sign of a good time!). Seeing Alexander happy makes Stu and I happy too so we are already planning more trips to different zoos in the near future.

Have you been to the zoo lately?

17 Responses to Hunter Valley Zoo

kidgranny said...

So cute!! Little A is so precious. It's been over five to seven years since the last time I visited the zoo. I feel a bit torn about the whole zoo situation because it is such a valuable experience for kids {and adults too} to see and get to know animals from the wild up close in a safe environment but on the other hand, I can't help but feel bad for the animals that end up being mistreated and are confined in a small cage. It's an internal battle that I have with myself.

Briseidy said...

how fun! can't wait for warmer days to take my boy to the zoo ;)

Ananka said...

Oh wow great photos :-) I always enjoy going to Edinburgh Zoo. We went last summer and plan to go again once the weather picks up. I'm always on the webcams though!! :-D

Chantille Fleur said...

Babies and children just seem to love zoos! Interactive ones like the one in your pictures are the best :-)
Living out of town we get to see wallabies on a daily basis, but we certainly don't get to feed them or pat them!!

Hope you have a good day & weekend,
Sarah x

Brandi said...

Such fun pictures. I always enjoy visiting the zoo. Now that my kids are older we don't go as much. Glad you enjoyed that time with your sweet family.

Jessica said...

Adorable photos. It looks like everyone had fun!

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burntfeather said...

aww so cute! I remember bring my little brother to our local zoo, he was maybe 3 then and he just loved being able to get super close and give a wallaby a sneaky cuddle :P

Enara Girl said...

The son and the mother are very cute. xoxo

Anouk said...

Such a great day out! I haven't been to any zoo since Stockholm's Skansen in November. I don't think I have ever seen any kangaroos in real life but I will make sure I'll do if I ever travel to Australia.

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Lady of the Manor said...

Your post made me smile!! We haven't been to the zoo in years and I'm putting it on my summer list right now. Our kids are big (21 and 25) but I bet they'd enjoy going again - who wouldn't! Glad you had a fun day with your family!! Great memories!

sonia de macedo said...

Oooh he looks so happy! I can only imagine the shrieking you talk about hahaha! I didn't know these kind of places existed. Over in Vic I know of a place on Phillip Island but that's about it and event here it's just wallabies and kangaroos who roam the grounds and you can feed them but that's about it.

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Diva In Me said...

It is very sad that our local zoos are not well maintained so I haven't been there for many years. Although last year when I was in Gold Coast, my bf and I went to Currumbin Reserve Center to visit the roos and koalas.

Sharlynn Ng said...

Oh my! I haven't been to a zoo in a LONG time! I totally should visit singapore's zoo and the river safari! That's so awesome your brought your son with your parents, australia really has some of the most magical native species of animals! I remember holding a furry marsupial (not a koala) while visiting australia many years back!

Shirley Tay said...

I miss taking my son to the zoo when he was young. Gosh, the post certainly brings back a lot of memories. Happy weekend, Trishie! xoxo

Kati said...

Haha yeah, a good sign if he was so tired that he immediately fell asleep! I also feel not sure about zoos in general but I'm happy to see they generally bet better and the cages get more spacious...

-Kati

Charu Sharma said...

Those pictures are so cute and full of love!I am in Melbourne for last 2 months but yet to see kangaroos!! ;)

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Tina Bradley said...

What lovely pics of your beautiful family, Trishie! Hard to believe how Alex has grown! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com