The 6 Best Zoos in Sydney

Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo is one of the most famous zoos in Sydney! Some people may be very disdainful to say that this is not a zoo, heaven everywhere is a zoo, there is God’s rare drop …… well, what does not say, ask a few questions:

Want to blow the sea breeze on the way to the zoo sit ferry, enjoy the Sydney Bay and Sydney Opera House?
Want not to have to travel to take the children who want to die comfortably play a day?
Would you like to feed the animals while enjoying the beautiful sea view and the panoramic view of Sydney CBD?
Would you like a cable car ride to get a panoramic view of the zoo?

Warm Tips 

You can purchase a combined ferry and zoo ticket at Circular Quay for a 10% discount. Combination ticket includes ferry fare, admission and Skywalker cable car. (Combination ticket offers cannot be combined with other discounts or guided tours.)
Taronga Zoo is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2016, so in 2016, you can enjoy Taronga Zoo for $1 on your birthday!
Opening Hours
9.30 am – 4.30 pm (May-August)
9.30 am – 5.00 pm (September – April)

(P.S. Taronga Zoo is open all year round, even on Christmas Day!)

Taronga Zoo

Transport:

Taronga Zoo is located in Mosman, Sydney. The easiest and fastest way to get to Taronga Zoo is by public transport.

By Ferry

→ From Circular Quay Pier 2, 12 minutes to Taronga Zoo. For details, please refer to the Sydney Ferry timetable and information.

→You can take the exciting Hopper at Circular Quay or Manly; please book in advance: Sydney Harbour Eco Hopper Tel: (02) 9583 1199.

→Captain Cook Cruises is available at Darling Harbour Pier 26 or Circular Quay; please book (02) 9206 1111 in advance.

→You can take Fantasea Cruising at Darling Harbour King Street Wharf 8 or Circular Quay Eastern Pontoon ~ Fantasea Cruising Sydney Tel: (02) 9556 9200

By Bus

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

From the North

Plan A: Chatswood Interchange – Stand J Take route 257 to Victoria Ave, Penshurst Street, Willoughby Road, Pacific Highway, Falcon Street and Military Take Route 257 to Victoria Ave, Penshurst Street, Willoughby Road, Pacific Highway, Falcon Street and Military Road, and transfer at Mosman Junction to Route 247 to Military Road and Bradleys Head Road.

Plan B: Chatswood Interchange Stand M Take the 143 to Pacific Highway, Falcon Street and Military Road, get off near Cowles Road and transfer to the 247 to Military Road and Bradleys Head Road. Head Road

From the Near North Shore

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

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

Narrabeen from Manly, Balgowlah, Brookvale, Dee Why→bus to Spit Junction, change to 247 to Military Road and Bradleys Head Road.

You can also drive to Taronga Zoo. The entrance to the car park is at Bradleys Head Road, and the parking fee is $17 per day.

Little Activities Not to be Missed

Free Bird of Prey Show

Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo’s Bird of Prey Show is one of those ‘must-see’ events. Overlooking Sydney Cove and showcasing some of the world’s most exotic birds, you’ll feel the birds whizzing above you and learn about their habits in the wild.

Seal Show

This is one of Taronga Zoo’s most popular shows! Trango Zoo’s Seal Show is a fun and exciting show featuring the Great South Seas Show stars. The seals swim up and down, dive in and out of the water, and put on a show of agility that will blow your mind. The show is full of excitement and surprises, making learning about marine life fun and educational.

Close Encounters with Animals

Taronga Zoo

Get close and personal with your favourite critters, meet the caretakers and take a few photos. This is an extraordinary behind-the-scenes experience that will bring you unforgettable memories! Available now are koalas, reptiles, giraffes, penguins and owls. Times and costs vary; see Animal Encounters for details.

Feather Dale Wildlife Park

Feather Dale Wildlife Park

Sydney’s Feather Dale Wildlife Park will satisfy your curiosity. This wildlife park is home to more than 200 species of critters, and in addition to koalas and kangaroos, you’ll come face-to-face with wallabies, emus, a variety of amazing birds, and 40 reptiles in the reptile house. If you’re brave enough, you may even smile in the face of a 4.5-metre saltwater crocodile! You’ll also have the chance to meet unusual miniature critters such as the rare prairie wallaby (‘rat kangaroo’), little penguins, jabiru storks, great bustards and 30 endangered Australian animals.

Ticket Prices
Adult: $29.50 Annual Pass $88

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

Students, Senior Pass: $23

Families:

2 Adults + 2 Children $83 Annual Pass: $245
2 Adults + 1 Child $69 Annual Pass: $205
1Adult+2Children $56 Annual Pass: $165
Warm Tips

Transportation

Train→Take the North Shore and Western Line train from the city centre to Blacktown Station, then take the 729 bus from Bus Stand 9 outside the train station, which will take you directly to the park in 10 minutes. For more information, please visit http://www.transportnsw.info/

By car → via M4, M2 and M7.

Things to do

Cute little creatures come to your house.

Feather Dale Wildlife Park

If you can’t make it to Plumtree Valley Safari Park in person, the zoo offers an Animal Pen service, which means you can bring a little animal to you! You can “walk” for your private party! Money is money!

Children’s Playground Package

This package is not Grandpa Ken and Uncle Mike’s; this should be a good choice if you want to give your child a different birthday party. If you’re interested, make a reservation → BIRTHDAY PARTIES.

Feather Dale Wildlife Park

The park offers a wide range of children’s packages, including lunch and park activities.
Or you can book a table for yourself and bring your ingredients for the BBQ.
Children with birthdays and one accompanying parent get free admission; other invited children get free admission, but the accompanying parent has to pay the children’s ticket price to enter the park.

WILD LIFE SYDNEY ZOO

WILD LIFE SYDNEY ZOO

If you are afraid of hassle or have an advanced stage of lazy cancer, this safari park in Sydney’s city centre area is the best because it doesn’t require you to walk too much …… Sydney’s most famous attraction, Valentine’s Harbour, is something you have to see. This safari park is located in Lover’s Harbour! The perfect location makes it hard for you to miss it. And the size of this safari park is just right so you won’t get bored or tired! All in all, it’s super suitable for those who have a family in tow and don’t want to disappoint the little ones.

Sydney Safari Park includes indoor + outdoor pavilions, and the total time for the tour is officially 90 minutes.

There are nine pavilions: Butterfly Dance, Ridgeless World, Creepy Crawlies, Canyon Flight, Midnight Maze, Fire in the Sun, Tropical Rainforest, Kangaroo Cliffs, and Aussie Babies.

Ticket Prices
Adults: FROM $28-$40

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

Student, Senior: FROM $25-$31.5

Family: FROM $89-$136

Warm Tips 

There are always discounts on tickets for this safari park, which will be a few dollars cheaper than the official price. But the exact price will also depend on what day and time you go (slightly cheaper on weekdays and inexpensive when it’s almost closing, but plan your time well!)
Sydney Safari Park often sells combined tickets with other amusement parks, so if you’re planning to do a “grand slam”, buy a combined ticket!
Check out the official website in advance to see how much the tickets cost, and it’s best to buy them online, as they’re cheaper than at the park!

Transportation

Walk → 10 minutes down George Street, Market Street or King Street.

Take a taxi to Lime Street or Wheat Road behind Cockle Bay Wharf.

Train→Take the train to Town Hall Station; it’s just a short walk away.

By bus→Sydney Explorer Bus Stop No 24.

By Car→Cheap Car Parking List

Things to do

Meet a Koala

Meet the koalas on the rooftop terrace of Sydney Wildlife Park. Take a photo with your favourite koala and take it home to tell your friends and family about your animal adventures in Australia. For exclusive highlights of the zoo’s tours and koala keeper talks, join us for weekend koala breakfasts!

See kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, wombats and more!

WILD LIFE SYDNEY ZOO

Kangaroos and wallabies at Kangaroo Walk-About: Experience Sydney Safari Park’s Outback Outdoors with a walk through the wild areas of Kangaroo Walk-About! Walk amongst the kangaroos and wallabies, and you can even get your photo taken with Meg the python or wombat.

Meg the Wombat at Wallaby Cliffs: Meg resides at Wallaby Cliffs along with the yellow-footed rock wallabies, which, as the name suggests, like to climb on the rocks. Sydney Safari Park visitors have the opportunity to take a photo with Meg and even pet her!

Tasmanian Devils – Oreo and Big John in Kangaroo Burrow: See the park’s two Tasmanian Devils – Oreo and Big John – in their burrow and listen to them roar and snarl, watch them shred their food, and watch them rest in their burrow. And watch them sleep in their burrows.

See one of the world’s most giant crocodiles at Kakadu Gorge

Rex the Crocodile of Kakadu Gorge: Rex, a freshwater crocodile measuring 5 metres in length, is one of the world’s giant crocodiles and lives in Kakadu Gorge at Sydney Safari Park in Darling Harbour. Meet face-to-face and admire Rex’s massive jaw teeth during daily keeper talks and feedings.

Symbio Wildlife Park

Symbio Wildlife Park

Another fun wildlife park! Symbio is the happy home of more than 1,000 animals and a wide range of native, farm, and exotic Australian animals. Symbio is highly regarded for its close encounters with wildlife; don’t forget your camera!

Ticket Prices
Adult: $29.50

Children: $17

Student, Senior: $25

Family (2 adults + 2 children): $85

Symbio Wildlife Park

Transportation

By car → Accessible via M1. (Parking is free!)

Train→Take the South Coast Illawarra Line and get off at Helensburgh Station. Get off at Helensburgh Station, then reverse to bus 17 to Stanwell Tops, which takes about 17 minutes.

Australian Reptile Park

Australian Reptile Park

This reptile park is a little off the beaten track but fascinating! Don’t rush into the park when you get to the gate, look around and you might spot a baby kangaroo! The Australian Reptile Park is home to a national treasure, the platypus, a variety of snakes, Australia’s most enormous spider and the Dingo with its beautiful coat. You can get up close and personal with koalas and feed kangaroos, a rare experience with Australia’s most famous animal you won’t find in other zoos (other zoos may charge a fee). In addition to viewing a variety of reptiles, Reptile Park also offers BBQ facilities, which are free for visitors to use.

Ticket Prices
Adult: $33

Children: $17

Student, Senior: $20

Family (2 adults + 2 children): $85

Warm Tips

Group Bookings 02 4340 1022
You can buy an annual pass (10% discount at souvenir shops and all kinds of paid activities in the park, one free photo with the animals, free coffee, and 50% discount on admission for friends who go with you).

Transportation

By car→Take the Newcastle Freeway and get off at the Gosford exit.

By train→Take a train from Central Station to Gosford Railway Station, then take a taxi to the park. (Take the invoice from the cab and get 25% off the admission fee)

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

The aquarium features 14 themed areas with the largest variety of Australian aquatic life in the world, from the freshwater rivers of the south to the tropical waters of the north to the world’s largest Great Barrier Reef exhibit. This aquarium is adjacent to the previously mentioned Sydney Safari Park, a small to medium-sized amusement park of the same type, and the 90-minute tour is just right. It’s full of aquatic life, and you can see the fantastic dugongs, the “mermaids”. There are six dugongs on display around the world, and you’ll see two of them at the Sydney Aquarium. Come face to face with the terrifying Great White Shark! There are unforgettable stingrays, jellyfish, platypus, penguins, sea dragons, thousands of tropical fish, and much more! What are you waiting for? Go and explore the underwater world!

Ticket Prices
Adults: FROM $28-$40

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

Student, Senior: FROM $25-$31.5

Family: FROM $89-$136

Warm Tips 

Sydney Sea Life Aquarium tickets are always on sale and will be a few dollars cheaper than the official price. But the exact price will also depend on what day and time you go (slightly cheaper on weekdays and inexpensive when it’s almost closing, but plan your time well!)
Sydney’s Sea Life Aquarium often sells combined tickets with other amusement parks, so if you’re planning a “grand slam”, buy a combined ticket!
Check out the official website in advance to see how much the tickets cost, and it’s best to buy them online, as they’re cheaper than at the venue.

Transportation

Walk → 10 minutes down George Street, Market Street or King Street.

Take a taxi to Lime Street or Wheat Road behind Cockle Bay Wharf.

Train→Take the train to Town Hall Station and walk for a while.

By bus→Sydney Explorer Bus Stop No 24.

By Car→Cheap Car Parking List

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Must-see Cute Animals

Platypus, Creeks and Rivers
Explore and discover Australia’s freshwater fauna in the creeks, including the elusive platypus and freshwater turtles.

Sydney Harbour
This is the Sydney Bight Show, built from piers and decks, where you can see the unique animals that thrive in the world’s most iconic harbour.

Stingray Bay
The Aquarium’s Tropical Stingray Bay is home to some of the most colourful Australian stingrays in the world. Many of these species are critically endangered.

South Coast Shipwrecks
This area shows the environment of a seaside shipwreck. Here, you can find large numbers of Australian pine ball fish, octopus and, of course, our favourite little penguins!

Shark Walk and Shark Valley
Challenge your fears, and come on the Shark Walk! You can walk past some of the most giant sharks in the world – lemon sharks and sand tiger sharks – before heading out into the deep and exploring Shark Valley. While you enjoy the surprises of these majestic creatures, you can also expand your knowledge with our interactive touch screens.

FAQ

Taronga Zoo offers a variety of unique experiences like close encounters with animals, overnight stays at the zoo, and interactive exhibits that provide enriching insights into wildlife conservation.

Yes, Featherdale Wildlife Park allows visitors to have interactive experiences with some animals, such as feeding kangaroos and taking pictures with koalas.

At Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, you can expect to see an impressive array of marine life, including sharks, penguins, dugongs, tropical fish, and much more.

Wild Life Sydney Zoo is located right in the heart of the city and offers a unique rooftop experience where you can enjoy stunning views of Darling Harbour while observing Australia’s unique wildlife.

Yes, the Koala Park Sanctuary is dedicated to the conservation of koalas and offers visitors the chance to see these adorable creatures up close.

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