I absolutely love visiting zoos, so of course, we had to visit a zoo during our Hobart adventure. We decided on Zoodoo zoo as it is only a 20 minute drive from Hobart and about 6 kilometres from Richmond.
Zoodoo Zoo is an open range style zoo with its own Safari truck experience. It isn’t an overly big zoo, but there is still plenty to see and do there.
Zoodoo Zoo is wheelchair accessible with step free access. The entrance of the zoo led us straight into the ticketing and merchandise shop. To the left took us into the petting zoo and bird aviary area, leading to a massive playground area where the accessible toilet is located. The accessible bathroom was a good size and easily accessible.
The main pathways within the zoo are cemented and wheelchair accessible, however some areas are off road on either grass or dirt, but this wasn’t a problem for me in my electric wheelchair..
Accessible Parking: Yes
Step Free Pathways: Yes (Some Areas Are Off Road)
Wheelchair Accessible Safari Tour: Yes
Step Free Entryways: Yes
Accessible Gift Shop Access: Yes
Accessible Toilet: Yes
Not long after we arrived, the safari truck was due to leave. I was very excited to hear the ZooDoo Safari was wheelchair accessible and is included in the admission price. We lined up waiting for the safari truck, curious on how we were going to get on. There was a permanent concrete ramp for access to the truck that everyone used to get on. The ramp made the entry onto the truck level, so there was only a small bump and gap between the ramp and truck entry. They then placed down a small movable ramp for me to access the truck. I was very impressed with their wheelchair access onto the safari truck, it was simple and basic but worked a treat.
There wasn’t a considerable amount of room to move on the truck, but I think it would still be suitable for a medium size electric wheelchair. I decided to reverse on as there wasn’t any room to turn around once on, and then I could face the outside of the truck for the best view.
The safari was so much fun!! The 1st stop was the emu enclosure. We were all given a cup of food to feed them. The emus were excited about the cups of food and were certainly not gentle and ate every piece of food in everyone’s cup. They were hilarious, and laughter was coming from every corner of the truck.
The next stop was the zebras. They were not as excited as the emus, but they were still keen for food of course. The zoo keeper (safari driver) bought around a bucket of food to everyone where the zebras would come and feed while we could pat them. I had never seen a zebra up close before, so that was just awesome!
The last stop was the camels paddock. We could see the camels walking over from a distance, they were so huge and beautiful, and certainly didn’t know anything about personal space. They stuck their heads in and got a good scratch from everyone while munching on some yummy food.
The safari experience was so much fun! I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Zoodoo Zoo.
After the safari, it was time for the lion encounter. The lion encounter is also included in the admission price and is fully wheelchair accessible. We were given some prongs with a piece of meat and all feed the lioness through the cage. She was so gentle and magnificent.
Because we love doing encounters so much, we booked in the marmoset encounter.
The marmoset encounter was the only extra encounter we could do as the others weren’t accessible. The marmosets enclosure wasn’t fully accessible either, but they were willing to let us try. It was a bit tricky, but with a bit of maneuvering and a little help, I was able to get in the enclosure. There were two doors we had to get through to get inside, it was relatively small, and there wasn’t a lot of room to move. Thankfully my wheelchair is only tiny and I managed ok, but I did have a bit of trouble getting over the little lip and turning to access the enclosure.
The marmosets were very cute and curious. They loved the wheelchair, and were investigating it from top to toe. They were jumping around everywhere and chewing on live meal worms.
I really loved meeting these cheeky little monkeys and highly recommend anyone who would like to meet them to give it a go. A smaller size wheelchair would be most suitable for this encounter due to the sharp turn between the two gates to get into the enclosure.
I found Zoodoo Zoo wheelchair friendly and welcoming to guests of all abilities. The staff were very friendly, and I am so glad we decided to visit their amazing little Zoo during our Tasmania Adventure.
In my opinion I give Zoodoo Zoo 4.5 for wheelchair accessibility, and a 4.5 star for the overall experience
* I was not financially compensated for this review. The review is based on my own opinion and personal experience.*