What a fabulous experience! I had never thought about what goes on behind the scenes at the zoo. We saw everything in the Australian animals area including the food prep kitchen, the sleeping quarters for some of the animals, and the bilby in a secret passageway (the one who was scheduled to meet the Royal Family!). Of course, the highlight was to go inside the koala pen for a photo and the marsupial pen to feed a wallaby. Our zookeeper guide was so knowledgeable, our group was so small (8), and the animals were so cooperative that we couldn't possibly have anything but a great time.
You have to participate fully to get the maximum enjoyment out of this tour. We ate damper and drank billy tea for breakfast, I cracked the whip (and actually got sound and smoke!) and threw the boomerang, and we ate a delicious lunch. Our bus driver was as entertaining as our Jilleroo, the dogs were excellent rounding up ducks and then sheep, the sheep shearing demonstration was fun and informative. The "Chinese Oprah" and her TV crew were there to film her experience, which paralleled ours. We stopped at a bakery on the way back to Sydney and bought some scrumptious pastries. If you can't really get to the outback, this was probably the next best thing!
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