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Making Memorable Moments at MEGA CREATURES!


Mega Creatures


As the April school holidays approach, families everywhere are seeking fun-filled adventures to create unforgettable memories. In the ancient lands of the Hunter Valley, where volcanos once erupted, there are dinosaurs, giant bugs and mythical creatures waiting for young explorers to discover.

 

Embark on a journey through time at Hunter Valley Gardens with the annual Mega Creatures and Mega Creatures Night Safari on now, until Sunday, 5 May. This Jurassic fantastical adventure includes rides, interactive fossil digs, amazing entertainment and giant animatronic animals that will amaze visitors of all ages.


This year promises to be especially exciting with the internationally recognised innovator of physical and visual theatre, puppetry-based creators Erth, providing the entertainment for the first time. With Erth’s just-hatched, adorable Roving Baby Dinosaurs being a highlight, visitors can get up close and personal with a fantastic selection of dinosaurs at Erth’s famous Dinosaur Zoo Show. And if you’re looking for thrills at night during the Night Safari, you might come face to face with Erth’s Roving Exoskeletons - a unique jaw-dropping experience where light and movement combine to bring amazing ancient creatures back to life.


Of course, Mega Creatures would not be what it is without actual mega creatures. All the favourites are returning this year, including T-Rex, Diplodocus, Stegosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Triceratops and more, but there are also a number of new prehistoric visitors joining the party this year along with the new Dilophosauru, made famous in the movie Jurassic Park. Rumour has it that there may even be a new T-Rex on the hunt…


If you’re visiting during the day, keep your eyes peeled for the hidden dinosaur egg that’s been lost in the gardens. If you can find the egg and return it to Mumma Dinosaur in the Garden’s Entry, you can win a family pass to Snow Time in the Garden later in the year.


As the sun sets at Hunter Valley Gardens, the prehistoric creatures will come alive with lighting. But beware: predators are hunting their prey around the frog ponds and paths! At the Night at the Museum display, budding archaeologists can get their hands dirty discovering mythical fossils.


If you’re looking for more thrills, head to the rides and try the Swing Chair, which flies 11 metres above the ground. The 25-metre-tall Giant Ferris Wheel, with its spectacular panoramic views across the gardens, provides a unique opportunity to see the dinosaurs from above. When you’re done exploring, check out various delicious food options. For tickets and more information, visit www.hvg.com.au.

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