Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013.
Zoos and Wildlife
Sydney is a great place to see Australian wildlife up close, from kangaroos and cuddly koalas, to snakes and crocodiles, to exotic fish and marine life. The award-winning Taronga Zoo, overlooking the magnificent Sydney Harbour, is home to over 4,000 animals, including Australian native wildlife and rare and endangered exotic animals.
Sydney offers plenty of options for interacting with the creatures that hop, crawl and burrow across this incredible island continent. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is the best place to see Australia’s marine life without getting wet. Located on the edge of Darling Harbour, this dazzling aquarium displays the fish and reptiles that live in our rivers and oceans, including saltwater crocodiles from Australia’s tropical rivers and multi‐coloured marine life from the Great Barrier Reef. See‐through tunnels give you a fish‐eye view of the underwater world while sharks and rays glide overhead.
Taronga Zoo is home to some of the superstars of the animal kingdom, including lions, komodo dragons, rhinos, red pandas, seals and snow leopards, in surroundings that recreate the animals’ natural habitats. Cute new faces helping to celebrate the zoo’s 200th anniversary include a boisterous Australian sea‐lion pup, a new addition to Taronga’s western lowland gorilla family and a koala joey.
Featherdale Wildlife Park, a 40 minute drive from Sydney City centre, also features more than 2,200 animals from over 300 species - from little penguins to a 4.5m saltwater crocodile. You can also have your photo taken cuddling a koala or hand feeding kangaroos.
Diving with sharks is the ultimate thrill, and that’s exactly what Shark Dive Xtreme at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary is all about. After a full briefing, divers are kitted out in wetsuits and scuba gear before plunging into a tank with huge grey nurse sharks, giant stingrays and sea turtles. Suitable for anyone over 14, and accompanied by a divemaster. Located just a short stroll from the ferry wharf at Manly, the sanctuary features a spectacular ocean tunnel and the largest collection of Australian marine animals.