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Insider Guide: What to Know Before Buying Australia Zoo Tickets

Australia is loved by many tourists and international students for its pleasant climate, beautiful scenery, and unique wildlife. Whether you are a newcomer student or a traveling international visitor, don’t miss the adorable and amazing creatures in the Australian zoos and aquariums. While each zoo in Australia has its own charm, Sydney Zoo stands out as the most impressive. So, before you purchase tickets to Sydney Zoo, what should you know? Let uhomes guide you through the lesser-known ticket purchasing tips!


1. Five Australia Zoo Tickets You Should Buy

1.1 Taronga Zoo

Would you like to enjoy the sea breeze and take a ferry ride on the way to the zoo, admiring Sydney Bay and the Sydney Opera House? How about having a relaxing day with your lively kids without the hassle of transportation? Would you like to feed the little animals while enjoying the beautiful sea views and overlooking the panoramic view of Sydney CBD? And would you like to take a cable car ride to get a bird’s-eye view of the entire zoo?

If yes, let’s start the tour of Taronga zoo!


Ticket Price

Categories  Day Ticket Annual pass
 Adult  $46  $115
 Children (4-15 yeas old)  $26  $57.7
 Discount ticket  $36 $82.8 
 Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children).  $129.6  $270

You can purchase a combined ferry and zoo ticket at Circular Quay and enjoy a 10% discount. The combined ticket includes ferry fare, zoo admission, and the “Sky Safari” cable car. (The discount cannot be combined with other discounts or guided tours)

Opening Hours:

9:30 am – 4:30 pm (May – August)

9:30 am – 5:00 pm (September – April)

Note: Taronga Zoo is open year-round, including Christmas Day


Taronga zoo map

taragon zoo map


Taronga Zoo is located in Mosman, Sydney, and the most convenient and fastest way to get there is by public transportation.

By Ferry

→ Depart from Wharf 2 at Circular Quay, and you’ll arrive in just 12 minutes. For specific details, check out the Sydney Ferry timetable and information.

→ You can also take the thrilling Hopper from Circular Quay or Manly. Advance booking is required. Contact Sydney Harbour Eco Hopper at (02) 9583 1199.

→ Hop on the Captain Cook Cruises from Darling Harbour Pier 26 or Circular Quay. For details, contact Captain Cook Cruises at (02) 9206 1111.

→ Enjoy a cruise with Fantasea Cruising from Darling Harbour King Street Wharf 8 or Circular Quay Eastern Pontoon. Contact Fantasea Cruising Sydney at (02) 9556 9200.

By Bus

From the City → Depart from Wynyard – Stand A (Carrington St) or QVB Stand D (York St). Take bus 247 towards Military Road and Bradleys Head Road.

From the North →

Plan A: From Chatswood Interchange – Stand J, take bus 257 towards Victoria Ave, Penshurst Street, Willoughby Road, Pacific Highway, Falcon Street, and Military Road. Transfer at Mosman Junction to bus 247 towards Military Road and Bradleys Head Road.

Plan B: From Chatswood Interchange Stand M, take bus 143 towards Pacific Highway, Falcon Street, and Military Road. Get off near Cowles Road and transfer to bus 247 towards Military Road and Bradleys Head Road.

From the Near North Shore →

Plan A: From Balmoral Beach, take bus 238 towards Raglan Street, Wolseley Road, Middle Head Road, and Bradleys Head Road.

Plan B: From Clifton Garden, take bus 228 towards Thompson Street to Whiting Beach Road.

From Manly, Balgowlah, Brookvale, and Dee Why to Narrabeen → Take the bus to Spit Junction, then transfer to bus 247 towards Military Road and Bradleys Head Road.

Driving to Taronga Zoo is also an option. The parking entrance is on Bradleys Head Road, and the daily parking fee is $17.


Unmissible Activities

Free Flight Bird Show

Taronga Zoo’s Free Flight Bird Show is one of the must-attend activities. Overlooking Sydney Harbour, the show showcases a variety of the world’s most exotic birds. You’ll experience birds soaring overhead and learn about their natural behaviors in the wild. Showtimes are twice daily at 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

Seal Show

This is one of the most popular shows at Taronga Zoo! The Seal Show is full of fun and excitement, starring the celebrities of the “South Pacific Display.” Watch the seals swim and dive gracefully, showcasing their agility and leaving you amazed. This action-packed performance combines entertainment with education about marine life. Showtimes are twice daily at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Up-close Animal Encounters

Get up close and personal with your favorite animals! Meet with the keepers, take some photos for memories. This is a truly special behind-the-scenes experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories! Available animal encounters include koalas, reptiles, giraffes, penguins, and owls. Times and fees vary, for details check Animal Encounters.


1.2 Feather Dale Wildlife Park

When you come to Australia, how can you miss the opportunity to get up close and personal with the local wildlife? After all, just like many people travel to China to see giant pandas, Australia is also a place rich in biodiversity and home to many rare animals, all in their natural habitat!

In Sydney, Feather Dale Wildlife Park is the place to satisfy your curiosity. This wildlife park is home to over 200 species of animals. In addition to plenty of koalas and kangaroos, you can also get up close and personal with wallabies, emus, various amazing bird species, and reptiles, including 40 different species of reptiles. If you’re brave enough, you can even come face to face with saltwater crocodiles up to 4.5 meters long! Furthermore, you’ll have the chance to meet some very rare miniature animals, such as the grassland wallaby (also known as the “rat kangaroo”), little penguins, jabiru storks, bustards, and over 30 species of endangered Australian animals.


Ticket Price

Adult: $29.5, Annual Pass: $88

Children (3-15 years old): $16, Annual Pass: $47

Student, Senior: $23



2 Adults + 2 Children: $83, Annual Pass: $245

2 Adults + 1 Child: $69, Annual Pass: $205

1 Adult + 2 Children: $56, Annual Pass: $165

Note: If you purchase an annual pass, you’ll enjoy additional discounts: you’ll receive a 5% discount on souvenir purchases, and you can bring a friend along for a ticket at 20% off.


Feather Dale Wildlife Zoo Map

Business Hours

Every day from 9 am to 5 pm (except Christmas Day)


217-229 Kildare Road, Doonside, Sydney NSW 2767 (near Blacktown), Australia




Take the North Shore and Western Line train from the city center to Blacktown Station. Outside the train station at Bus Stand 9, transfer to bus 729, which will take you directly to the park entrance in 10 minutes.


You can reach the park via the M4, M2, and M7 highways.


Unmissable Activity: Critters to You

If you can’t personally visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, don’t worry! The park offers an Animal Pen service, where they can bring the animals to you! They can even “strut their stuff” at your private party!





1.3 Wildlife Sydney Zoo

If you’re worried about hassle or suffering from a severe case of laziness, then this wildlife park located in the heart of Sydney’s central area is perfect for you because you won’t need to walk too far… You wouldn’t want to miss visiting Sydney’s most famous attraction, Darling Harbour, right? Well, this wildlife park is right by Darling Harbour! Its exceptional location makes it hard to overlook. Moreover, the size of this wildlife park is just right for a day out – you won’t find it boring, nor will you feel too tired! In short, it’s super suitable for those who want to bring their whole family along without disappointing the little ones.

Sydney Wildlife Zoo includes both indoor and outdoor areas, and the total recommended playtime given by the officials is 90 minutes.

Ticket Prices

Adult: FROM $28-$40

Children (4-15 years old): FROM $19.6-$28

Student, Senior: FROM $25-$31.5

Family: FROM $89-$136

This wildlife park often offers discounted tickets, which may be a few dollars cheaper than the official prices. However, the exact price depends on the day of the week and the time of your visit (weekdays are slightly cheaper, and tickets close to closing time are also cheaper, but plan your timing carefully!)

Sydney Wildlife Zoo frequently offers combined tickets with other amusement parks. If you’re planning a “grand slam,” then go for the combined ticket!

Check the ticket prices on the official website in advance, and it’s best to buy tickets online, as they are usually cheaper than buying them at the gate. For discounted tickets, please check Tickets Price.

Business Hours

Spring and Summer – 9:30 am – 6:00 pm (last entry at 5 pm)

Autumn and Winter – 9:30 am – 5:00 pm (last entry at 4 pm)

Unmissable Activities

Meet the Koalas

On the picturesque rooftop terrace of Sydney Wildlife Zoo, get up close and personal with the park’s resident koalas. Snap a photo with these adorable creatures to bring back home and share your Australian wildlife adventure with family and friends. To participate in the zoo’s exclusive highlights tour and koala keeper talk, join the Koala Breakfast event on weekends!

Encounter Kangaroos, Koalas, Wallabies, and Wombats

Kangaroo Walk-About: Wander through the wildlife area of the Kangaroo Walk-About and experience the outdoor charm of Sydney Wildlife Zoo! Walk among kangaroos and wallabies, and you may even get a photo op with a python or Meg the wombat.

Wallaby Cliffs

Meet Meg the wombat at Wallaby Cliffs, where she resides alongside yellow-footed rock wallabies. Visitors to Sydney Wildlife Zoo have the chance to take photos with Meg and even pet her!

Tasmanian Devils in Devil’s Den – Oreo and Big John: Visit Devil’s Den to see Oreo and Big John, the two Tasmanian devils at the zoo. Listen to their growls and roars, watch them tear into their food, and observe them resting in their den.

Witness One of the World’s Largest Crocodiles

Rex the Crocodile at Kakadu Gorge: Rex, a 5-meter-long freshwater crocodile, is one of the largest crocodiles in the world. He resides in Kakadu Gorge at Sydney Wildlife Zoo. Get up close and personal with Rex, and during daily keeper talks and feeding sessions, marvel at his massive jaws.


Wild Life Sydney Zoo Map

1.4 Symbio Wildlife Park

Another fun wildlife park! Symbio is a happy home to over 1,000 species of animals, including a variety of Australian natives, farm animals, and exotic species. Symbio is renowned for allowing visitors to get up close and personal with wildlife, so don’t forget to bring your camera!


Ticket Prices

Adult: $29.5

Children: $17

Student, Senior: $25

Family (2 Adults + 2 Children): $85


Business Hours

Every day from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (except Christmas Day)



Symbio Wildlife Park, 7-11 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Helensburgh, New South Wales, Australia



Driving: Accessible via the M1. (Parking is free!)

Train: Take the South Coast Illawarra Line train. Get off at Helensburgh Station. Then transfer to bus route 17 heading to Stanwell Tops. It’s approximately a 17-minute ride.


Symbip Wildlife Park Map

1.5 Australia Reptile Park

The location of this reptile park is a bit remote, but it’s definitely fun! When you arrive at the entrance, don’t rush in. Take a look around; you might spot some little kangaroos! In the Australian Reptile Park, there are national treasure-level animals like the platypus, all sorts of snakes, Australia’s largest spiders, and the Australian dingo with its beautiful fur. You can play with koalas up close, feed kangaroos, and this kind of close contact experience with Australia’s most famous animals is rare in other zoos (other zoos may charge a fee). In addition to observing various reptiles, the reptile park also provides BBQ facilities for visitors to use free of charge.

Ticket Prices

Adult: $33

Children: $17

Student, Senior: $20

Family (2 Adults + 2 Children): $85

For group bookings, please call for inquiries, as there may be discounts available~ Group Bookings 02 4340 1022

You can purchase an annual pass (10% discount on souvenirs and various paid activities within the park, one free photo with a small animal, complimentary coffee, and friends accompanying you can enjoy a 50% discount on tickets). For specific prices, check the Annual Pass page

Business Hours

Every day from 9 am to 5 pm (except Christmas Day)


Australia Reptile Park Map


Driving: Take the Newcastle Freeway and exit at Gosford.

Train: From Central Railway Station, take a train to Gosford Railway Station, then take a taxi to the park. (Presenting a taxi receipt allows you to purchase tickets at a 25% discount)


Unmissable Activities

Close Encounters with Small Animals

By the way, there’s a giant tortoise in this reptile park that’s quite famous! Hurry up and go see it! (Note: This activity is only available during school holidays, public holidays, or weekends)

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Yes, you can drive to the reptile park by taking the Newcastle Freeway and exiting at Gosford.

Yes, if you take a train to Gosford Railway Station from Central Railway Station and then take a taxi to the park, you can purchase tickets at a 25% discount by presenting your taxi receipt.

You can have close encounters with small animals at the park, including a famous giant tortoise. However, please note that these activities are only available during school holidays, public holidays, or weekends.

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