Thirteen years ago today, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo introduced Wallaroo Station, a 4.5 acre Australian-themed family area, where thousands of families with young children have enjoyed an interactive Australian adventure. The hands-on, family-friendly features helped the Zoo secure top honors from two national parenting magazines: Parents, “10 Best Zoos,” (2009); and Child, "The 10 Best Zoos for Kids" (2004).
Celebrating 13 “Auss-ome” Years of Australian Adventures
TAMPA, Fla. (May 11, 2015) — Thirteen years ago today, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo introduced Wallaroo Station, a 4.5 acre Australian-themed family area, where thousands of families with young children have enjoyed an interactive Australian adventure. The hands-on, family-friendly features helped the Zoo secure top honors from two national parenting magazines: Parents, "10 Best Zoos for Kids," (2009); and Child, "The 10 Best Zoos for Kids" (2004).
Earlier this year, Wallaroo Station temporarily closed for remodeling -- the first significant updating of this award-winning attraction in its 13 year history. Newly re-opened for spring, guests to the “new Wallaroo” can expect this Aussie area to be even more “Auss-ome” with new animals and upgraded amenities, including:
- a female Queensland koala named “Ceduna” (a mate for our male “Heathcliff”);
- “Bushland Birds” habitat with feathered friends and Fiji-banded iguanas;
- more water features in “The Billabong” splash ground;
- redesigned café with “grab and go” food and beverage;
- expanded dining area with additional seats and shade canopies;
- a new nursing mothers area with baby-friendly features;
- a new and fun ride for young children - Lil’ Joeys Caravan;
- ponies on parade (twice daily) and a goat show;
- livestock training demonstrations with ponies and llamas; and
- new midway games and activities from Hopper’s Mining Co. (extra charge applies).
Take a trip to the “Land of Oz” and visit a variety of animals of Australia and its neighbors including koala, wallabies, cockatoos, emu, singing dogs and flying fox bats. Help welcome the newest Aussie additions – a female Queensland koala named “Ceduna,” colorful birds and Fijibanded iguanas, and take a walkabout with the wallabies in their walk-thru exhibit. The petting area features a herd of friendly goats that children can brush, pet and feed. Adjacent to the petting area, families can step into a barn that houses Haflinger horses and llamas. Don’t miss the new daily pony parade, goat show and livestock training demonstrations!
The newly upgraded “Billabong” water play area takes kids “down under” to an interactive splash zone with fun water features. Try your hand at new midway games with the chance to win prizes and souvenirs, or go mining for gems and fossils at the new Hopper's Mining Company.
Children can take a spin on one of five fun rides: the NEW Lil Joey’s Caravan, Tasmanian Tiger Family Roller Coaster, Overland Express Kiddie Train, Boomer's Flyin' Bananas and Outback Bumper Boats.
Parents can enjoy added shade while their little joeys cool off in the water play area. Next door is Boomer’s Café, a redesigned grab-and-go restaurant offering a variety of freshly prepared foods and drinks. A “mommy center,” designed for nursing mothers, provides shade and privacy for infants and caregivers.