Zoos and wildlife

Highlights

Annie the platypus, Rocky the crocodile, Wuru the dugong, and Nog the king penguin are just some of the amazing animals you'll meet in Sydney's famous zoos and aquariums. Get up close to koalas and kangaroos, and take a ferry across beautiful Sydney Harbour to the acclaimed Taronga Zoo.

  • Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour
  • Tiger, Taronga Zoo

Enjoy close animal encounters in Sydney

Meet friendly and deadly animals up close at Sydney's popular zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks. You can cuddle koalas and hand-feed kangaroos, watch dazzling bird shows, eyeball a saltwater crocodile – this species of crocodile is the world's largest living reptile – and even dive with sharks.

Taronga Zoo is an enthralling day out, beginning with a ferry ride from Circular Quay across Sydney Harbour. As well as having the animal kingdom's superstars, the zoo has daily bird and seal shows and Annie and her platypus pals. You can also join the wonderful Nura Diya Aboriginal Wildlife Tour.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Sydney

At Darling Harbour, a stroll from Town Hall station, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium has two of only five dugongs on display in the world – Wuru and Pig. You'll also see king penguins, sharks, stingrays, turtles and seahorses. Behind-the-scenes tours are available, including a free penguin expedition.

Next to the aquarium is WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, where you'll meet Rocky, a saltwater crocodile. You can walk among kangaroos and emus, and meet koalas and join behind-the-scenes tours, including python encounters. Thrill-seekers can crawl inside a tunnel for a close encounter with Rocky.

Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour

For underwater thrills, go diving with grey nurse sharks in Shark Dive Xtreme at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary. To get to the aquarium, which has an underwater viewing tunnel, take a ferry to Manly. Kids will love the sanctuary's Penguin Cove, home to little penguins, the smallest of all penguins.

If you're driving west to the Blue Mountains, stop at the Featherdale Wildlife Park and cuddle koalas. Just south of Sydney you can meet exotic and native animals at Symbio Wildlife Park, and an hour north is the Australian Reptile Park with Elvis, a saltwater crocodile, and snake and spider shows.

  1. Sydney Whale Watching

    Sydney Whale Watching is Sydney's best value four hour whale watching cruise. Departing from Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and Manly daily from May to December. Join this experienced crew on an unforgettable journey...

  2. Birds Australia Discovery Centre

    Located next to the Newington Nature Reserve in the heritage precinct Newington Armory, the Birds Australia Discovery Centre is open to the public and provides regular tours, an extensive bird book library, education...

  3. Taronga Zoo Sydney

    One of Sydney's most famous attractions, the award-winning Taronga Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, including Australian native wildlife, as well as rare and endangered exotic animals. Overlooking the magnificent...

  4. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

    Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is an underwater journey of amazing discovery with 12 extraordinary themed zones. Meander through the Jurassic Seas, Great Barrier Reef, Bay of Rays...

  5. WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

    The Australian animal adventure in the heart of the City - WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo.Step into an animal adventure as you journey around Australia. Walk through iconic Australian habitats and encounter some of...

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