Zoos and Wildlife

Highlights

Meet amazing animals

Annie the platypus, Rex the crocodile and Wuru the dugong are just some of the amazing animals you'll meet in Sydney's famous zoos and aquariums. Australia has many unique animals including koalas and kangaroos, and Sydney is a great city to see them up close. Take a ferry across Sydney Harbour to the acclaimed Taronga Zoo, home to over 4,000 animals.

  • 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, soar on a zip-line above 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 12-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay across Sydney Harbour, one of the world's great harbours. As well as having the animal kingdom's superstars, the zoo has daily bird and seal shows and Annie and her platypus pals Abbey, Eve, Mackenzie, Nayda and Trey. On the Nura Diya Aboriginal Wildlife Tour you'll get close to Australia's unique animals.

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 sharks, stingrays, turtles, seahorses and thousands of tropical fish. Behind-the-scenes tours are available, including a snorkel tour.

Next to the aquarium is WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, where you'll meet Rex, a saltwater crocodile. You can walk among kangaroos and emus, and meet koalas and join behind-the-scenes tours, including python encounters. For thrill-seekers, WILD Flight is a zip-line over Rex and his friends.

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 from Circular Quay to Manly. Kids will love the sanctuary's Penguin Cove, home to little penguins, the smallest of all penguins.

If you're heading for the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, stop along the way at the Featherdale Wildlife Park in Sydney's west. You can cuddle koalas and hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies and meet Ngukurr, a saltwater crocodile. For another great family day out visit the award winning Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast of NSW, approximately one hour north of Sydney. This park features resident kangaroos, koalas, Tasmanian devils, activities, exhibits and much more. 

  1. Birds Australia Discovery Centre

    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...

  2. Featherdale Wildlife Park

    Featherdale Wildlife Park

    Featherdale Wildlife Park is home to one of Australia's most comprehensive collections of native wildlife. Cuddle up to a Koala at no extra charge, and hand feed Kangaroos and Wallabies. Located at Doonside, en route...

  3. Shark Dive Xtreme

    Shark Dive Xtreme

    Scuba dive with huge three metre sharks! Come face-to-fin with huge critically endangered Grey Nurse Sharks, sea turtles, stingrays and an amazing array of fish at Shark Dive Xtreme. There is no experience...

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