Potoroo Palace
Potoroo Palace
4
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
A small not-for-profit native animal sanctuary nestled in a bushland setting, 9kms north of Merimbula on the Princes Highway. On site cafe provides chemical free, free range and local(all whenever possible) produce, snacks and meals. Delicious coffee and cold beverages available too. Educational books, gifts, t-shirts and souvenirs made in Australia. BBQ and picnic facilities, including a sheltered area inside the park. Complimentary Educational Talks on twice daily, a Potoroo Palace train and bags of nutritional pellets to purchase for hand feeding the free roaming kangaroos and emus. Many iconic native animals to be seen and close up Encounters can be booked. See website for more information.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Meets animal welfare guidelines
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John A
Australian Capital Territory, Australia18 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Kids absolutely loved it, and enjoyed feeding the animals and petting the echidna. George the goose was a delight and I even got to hand feed emus which was an interesting experience.

I understand that it's a non-for-profit so they're limited by how much they can do, but feels like some signs with the maps or arrows would be useful. It wasn't obvious where you're supposed to go to and whether you've covered the entire ground. Also add some hand sanitisers around? There are wild animals in there and the only option to clean was go to the toilet and wash there.

Finally, the fences have a very dense pattern to them, and if the sun shines on them it makes it very hard to see what's inside. This is obviously an issue in many zoos and not sure what's the solution. Paint them black? Add shade on top so sun doesn't reach them?
Written 30 January 2024
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Melanie B
24 contributions
Apr 2023
Having never heard of a Potaroo, we were stoked to visit this special place, after seeing the road-side sign on our way to Merimbula. Such caring staff and a wide range of creatures visible and healthy. We spent a couple of hours there, it was affordable enough to have an 'experience' with a gorgeous creature I'd never expected I would touch.
Written 15 April 2023
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cincykeller
Cincinnati, OH463 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
What an amazing place and amazing experience. There were lots of animals around to see and interact with and the staff was informative. The kangaroos and emus were not shy at all. Buy the food when you check in and you will get to be up close with them. George the goose followed us all around the property. He was so cute.
Written 10 March 2023
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domeehoo
Charlotte, NC166 contributions
Feb 2023
We stopped here on a whim when driving by. It was a nice rest from riding in the car. The employees were very friendly. The echidna, Priscilla, is adorable! They have outdoor games for kids. The koalas were actually active! We got lucky with this unplanned stop.
Written 22 February 2023
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Houlihan2
Melbourne, Australia815 contributions
Jan 2023
It's quite obvious that very little has been done to make this the interesting place that it could be. Apart from the aviary, we couldn't see very many animals. Also, the little train which takes passengers on a very short ride had very long wait times.
Written 12 January 2023
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Vivi
Geneva, Switzerland158 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
Terrific afternoon in proximity to animals native to Australia. After lunch in Merimbula, we drove 7 km inland to Potoroo Palace, a small, walkable animal sanctuary. The staff rescue harmed, abandoned or surrendered animals. We were able to book an Animal Encounter, we chose the Echidna. Our host Matt was knowledgeable and welcoming, he told us all about the echidna, then showed us around the lower half of the park and advised us on the rest. We were able to pet and feed kangaroos and emus, and to see other species including reptiles, the Potoroo for which the sanctuary is named, cockatoos and many different birds in the aviary and around the dams. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon.
Written 22 December 2022
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Frederique B
Melbourne, Australia31 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
I went here with my 1.5y old. It was fun for both of us to see the animals up close. Great variety of animals and even reptiles. Best part was probably feeding and petting kangaroos and emus. The park looks really natural. We were too early for a ride on the train, but I think that is also a great and entertaining way to see the park with kids.
Written 20 December 2022
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Petal090
Sydney, Australia356 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
We had a very enjoyable morning wandering the gardens/zoo, followed by a lovely lunch in the cafe. The gardens are gorgeous. I could see that a lot of care goes into the place. Those animals that are in enclosures have plenty of space and bushland. It’s a lovely setting, and definitely worth a visit. The staff were super nice and friendly. We had soup, toasted sandwiches and coffee in the cafe after our wandering and it was all very tasty. A wonderful way to spend about 4 hours.
Written 6 May 2022
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Sharport67
Dubbo, Australia830 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
A great place to visit to see native and rescued animals, you can wander around and feed some animals or do an encounter. Worth a visit to protect our native wildlife
Written 3 March 2022
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Australian_Argonaut
Australia101 contributions
Jan 2022
Really disappointed to come to Potoroo Palace and find that none of the staff were wearing masks, not even those working in the cafe.
Wearing a mask assists in reducing transmission. It doesn't stop you from catching it, but it does stop you from spreading it. With all the young kids passing through this family-oriented venue, many of whom would be yet to be vaccinated, the fact that staff were unmasked seems so unsafe.
Seems these people hold native animals in high esteem, but have no respect for public health measures. Really, really disappointing. We will NOT be back.
Written 26 January 2022
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