There are some places on the South Coast that are too iconic to miss.
Ulladulla’s Hayden’s Pies is your highway pitstop for croc pies; Seven Mile Beach is a hit any time of the year, and Budderoo National Park will always hold a special place in our hearts when it comes to some of the most beautiful hikes in NSW. If you frequent the South Coast more than you’d like to admit, as in—the crew at the Berry Donut Van know you by your first and last name—then you’ll also be well across the animal kingdom known as Mogo Wildlife Zoo.
The park, which protects and preserves endangered species like African lions, cheetahs, red pandas, Sumatran tigers and silvery gibbons, fell in the direct line of last year’s bushfires, which hit the NSW South Coast in a devastating way. Now, to really urge people back to visit the zoo, Mogo Wildlife Park has launched a bespoke camping offering and yes—you’ll want to book your spot stat.
For the first time ever, you can now camp overnight at Mogo Wildlife Park with an all-inclusive situation so you can make the most of your time down south. Your stay means actual camping on site of the zoo with tents, beds and all your meals sorted as well as a group animal meet-n-greet on arrival.
You’ll also be privy to learning all about the rich history of the South Coast and a live country music showdown around a campfire after dinner. The next morning, you’ll be up bright and early to lap up fresh tea, coffee, hot chocolate, bacon and egg rolls, fruit platters and all the breakfast trimmings overlooking the park’s Sumatran tigers (prepare to be absolutely blown away).
After breakfast, you’ll get free reign to explore the zoo as well as a private giraffe feeding session.
Mogo Wildlife Park’s overnight camping offering is only happening for a limited time, with specific dates locked from the end of May until the start of October. To scope specific dates and to book, you can find more information right here.
And on the way down, make sure you swing past Franco's Pizza Bar.
Image credit: Mogo Wildlife Park