Zoos and Wildlife

Australia is known for its native wildlife, so meet koalas, hand feed kangaroos and eyeball a saltwater crocodile in Sydney’s fantastic zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks. If you’re feeling brave, you can even dive with sharks.

Taronga Zoo is the most popular pit-stop for animal lovers and it’s a great day out, beginning with a ferry ride from Circular Quay across Sydney Harbour. You’ve got over 350 species including giraffes, elephants, tigers and more. There are daily bird and seal shows and you can also join the wonderful Nura Diya Aboriginal Wildlife Tour.

In Western Sydney, Sydney Zoo has hundreds of native and exotic animals in open-air safari-style exhibits. Walk amongst lions and zebras on the African boardwalks, see what animals get up to after dark in the Reptile & Nocturnal House and have a meerkat sit on your shoulder.

Native koala at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo at Darling Harbour in Sydney

Darling Harbour is just a short stroll from Town Hall station and home to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium where you can meet Pig, the only dugong on display in Australia. Take a behind-the-scenes tour, ride over the reef in a glass bottom boat, interact with King and Gentoo penguins or scuba dive with grey nurse sharks. 

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is next to the aquarium. If you’re brave enough, a crawl space with pop up windows will let you get up close and personal with Rocky, a saltwater crocodile that clocks in at over 360kg. You can walk among kangaroos and emus, meet koalas and join behind-the-scenes tours, including python encounters.

Featherdale Wildlife Park at Doonside, Sydney West

It’s worth a drive out west towards the Blue Mountains to visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, one of the only places in Sydney where you can cuddle koalas. Just south of Sydney you can meet exotic and native animals at Symbio Wildlife Park. If you head north for an hour, you’ll get to the Australian Reptile Park where you can meet Elvis, a saltwater crocodile, and watch snake and spider shows.

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