Sydney is full of fun things to do during the school holidays, especially in spring when the sun starts shining and the days become longer. Head to the beach, embark on a hike, visit one of the city's wildlife parks for an up-close animal encounter or get the adrenalin pumping with an action-packed day of adventure out west.
Taronga Zoo is always a school holiday favourite. Meet lions, giraffes, zebras and meerkats in the African Savannah exhibit, take an immersive Tiger Trek through the Indonesian jungle, and watch the seals show off their aquatic skills at the daily presentations. In Darling Harbour, explore the Great Barrier Reef by night at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium or spot the koalas in Gum Tree Valley (and many more critters) at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. In Western Sydney, Sydney Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals from around the world in sprawling, innovative exhibits.
If native animals are your thing, Featherdale Wildlife Park has more than 1,700 of them from kangaroos and koalas to little penguins, wombats and even a 4.5-metre-long saltwater crocodile. Just south of Sydney is Symbio Wildlife Park where you can feed kangaroos and wallabies, get up close to cheetahs and watch the monkeys play.
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