School excursions – High schools

Secondary school excursions to Billabong Zoo are becoming increasingly popular as we are able to tailor our guided Keeper Tours to fit in with the curriculum of the school visiting. At the time of booking mention your particular interest and we will ensure our Keepers’ are briefed to ensure the relevant subject content is covered and emphasised. We look forward to welcome you and your high schools students on an excursion to Billabong Zoo, Port Macquarie.

Secondary School – SCAS SCHOOL EXCURSION – Year 7 Visit to Billabong ZOO

“… Year 7 Science students were treated to a day-long visit to Billabong Zoo:  Koala &Wildlife Park to study the classification of the amazing creatures that reside at the park. The students were guided through the park by very knowledgeable guides, who provided ample life histories for each of the animals on the tour… all students enjoyed close-up access to many of the animals. Highlights of the day included petting a dingo named Ernie, watching the curious meerkats while they were watching us, ring-side views for feeding Shrek, the enormous salt-water crocodile, a hands-on reptile show including lizards, snakes, and a young freshwater crocodile and hand-feeding the wallabies, wallaroos and kangaroos. It was a great day out… A lot was learned about these animals. Many students claimed they wanted to go back and visit the park again!”   St Columba Anglican School, Port Macquarie, NSW – School Excursion Y 7

Cost

Students are $16 each | Registered Teachers – 1 teacher per 15 students is free | Additional teachers, helpers & parents are charged at the reduced adult entry fee of $16 each. We prefer to invoice on the day of the School Excursion. This is to ensure that the correct numbers are invoiced. Minimum group size for a Zoo Keeper Guided Tour is 25.  For groups larger than 60 we will provide  additional Keepers and split the group.

Itinerary

For Secondary / High school excursions we ascertain from the accompanying teachers the part of the curriculum they are covering by a visit to Billabong Zoo in Port Macquarie. Our knowledgeable Zoo Keepers who will guide the group (optional) will ensure their factual talks addresses the curriculum content. When booking please mention what aspect of your school’s curriculum is being studied by the excursion.

Bookings

If you wish to make a booking for your school or group, or have further questions regarding our School Excursions Programme simply email admin@billabongzoo.com.au with your details and any questions. Let us know your preferred date for your excursion, numbers: students, teachers and adults; expected arrival and departure times. Alternatively you can call us on (02) 6585 1060 Ext 0, between 9am – 5pm. We are open 7 days a week.

NB: We can usually only accommodate one school (any number of students) with a guided Zoo Keeper Tour per day. So if you request a particular date you might also have an alternative date just in case we are booked. We look forward to hearing from you. Minimum group size for a Zoo Keeper Guided Tour is 25.  For groups larger than 60 we will provide  additional Keepers and split the group.

Risk Assessment | Code of Conduct

We will supply a Risk Assessment document at the time of booking or in response to a request – admin@billabongzoo.com.au. This document will also contain a Code of Conduct at the Zoo as well as covering Supervision, Emergency Response, First Aid  & other useful information to help make your School Excursion safe & enjoyable for everyone.

Wet weather

Don’t let bad weather put you off. Billabong Zoo is open 7 days a week. Rain or shine.  Many of our exhibits provide wet weather protection for groups & we have large undercover areas & a large internal school’s room which we can utilise in case of extreme weather. We do advise students bring wet weather gear & warm clothing in the colder months. See What to Bring.

What to bring

A School Excursion to Billabong Zoo provides great memories and lots of photo opportunities. So make sure you don’t forget your camera or phone & video (remember to charge your batteries!). Plus enthusiasm. You might also want to bring plenty of water, sunscreen & wet weather gear. (We do have a wet weather contingency plan so you don’t need to cancel in wet weather – we will ensure your students get to see plenty of animals & have a great educational experience.) In the colder months make sure you have enough warm clothing. Personal belongings: we recommend students & teachers keep their belongings with them at all times.

Further information

If you require further information about the School Excursion programme at Billabong Zoo, Port Macquarie send an email to admin@billabongzoo.com.au or use our online contact form. Alternatively you can call us any day between 9am – 5pm on 02 6585 1060. We hope to see your school group soon.