On the first day of exploring Perth, we visited the Perth Zoo, which is just a quick 10 minute ferry ride across the river from Elizabeth Quay to Mends Street Jetty in South Perth. Perth Zoo sits on 41 acres and first opened in 1898. The Zoo is home to a mix of animal species and participates in several breeding programs for endangered species. There are three main areas within the Zoo, The Australian Walkabout, Asian Rainforest and African Savannah. Each area houses animals that match their habitat.
Tickets: Day tickets start at $16.50 for Children (4-15 years), Adults $33.00 (16 years and over) and Australian Concession and Senior card holders $26.00. There is also a Family Pass option for $86.60 ((2 adults and 2 children)
Perth Zoo welcomes guests of all abilities and accepts the Carer companion card. (excluding animal encounter bookings) There is wheelchair access throughout the Zoo with flat walking paths and ramp access. The Zoo offers several disabled facilities including accessible toilets with fold down change-tables, Mobility-friendly Drinking Fountains and Lockers, Variety Children’s Playground with an adjust accessible BBQ and picnic area. Wheelchair hire is also available for a $10 deposit along with wagon hire for children.
The Zoo offers an Accessibility Map on their website, which can be located Here. I was really impressed by the wheelchair access throughout Perth Zoo and how it was well setup to cater for a variety of disabilities.
Accessible Parking: Yes
Step Free Access: Yes
Wide Entryways/Pathways: Yes
Accessible Toilet/Change Facilities: Yes
Accessible Playground: Yes
Step Free Picnic/BBQ Area: Yes
Accessible Viewing Areas: Yes
Accessible Animal Encounters: Yes
Accessible Lockers: Yes
The Zoo offers a number of animal talks, walks and encounters throughout the day. Wheelchair accessible encounters include the elephant encounters, Rhino, lion, Bush buddies and Scaly mates encounter. Some encounters are only available on a specific day and sell out fairly quickly, so it’s recommended to purchase tickets well in advance.
The day we went, we were lucky enough to do the Eye to eye rhino encounter. Wow, what an amazing experience it was meeting the beautiful White Rhino Memphis. We fed him celery which he absolutely loved. He was just so gentle and reminded us of a giant size puppy dog.
The access to the Rhino enclosure was completely flat and easy to navigate for a wheelchair. There was a small gutter once inside, but they placed a ramp down over it for me to easily get over. The Eye to eye Rhino encounter was so much fun, and is certainly a must do if your visiting Perth Zoo. It was such a pleasure to meet the beautiful White Rhino Memphis and his wonderful keeper.
We had a great day out exploring Perth Zoo and found it very accessible for those with disabilities with lots to see and do. To find out more about accessibility at Perth Zoo or to keep up-to-date with their latest news visit their website or social media pages below.
In my opinion I give Perth Zoo a rating of 4.5 for wheelchair accessibility, and a rating of 4.5 stars for the overall experience.
* I was not financially compensated for this review. The review is based on my own opinion and personal experience.*