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  • Location:Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Small-Group Nura Diya Aboriginal Discovery Tour at Taronga Zoo

Join Nura Diya, meaning this 'country or camp' for an Aboriginal focused, cultural journey through Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. Hear the Dreamtime creation stories of Australia’s animals and desert landscape, told from the perspective of an Aboriginal guide. See Australia’s amazing animals in a new light, as you discover the binding relationships between flora and fauna and the traditional owners. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to eight people.


  • Explore Taronga Zoo and Australia's wildlife from an indigenous perspective
  • Hear traditional Dreamtime stories told by an Aboriginal guide
  • Interact with koalas and kangaroos
  • Take the Sky Safari Gondola ride
  • Small-Group tour (maximum 8) provides a unique and interesting experience

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Nura Diya Aboriginal Discovery Tour at Taronga Zoo

Nura Diya, Taronga Zoo

Start your tour with a ride in the Sky Safari gondola with scenic views over Sydney Harbour and a bird’s-eye view of orangutans as you skim across the canopy of a Southeast-Asian rainforest to the top entrance of Taronga Zoo.

Meet your Aboriginal guide and hear stories of the Cammeraigal people, and Cammeraigal country on which the zoo is set on. During Nura Diya, be entranced by the traditional Dreamtime stories of how the earth came to be created. These Dreamtime tales have been handed down over the millennia by the Aboriginal elders.

You’ll also see the animals that feature prominently in indigenous art, and be entertained by stories of Aboriginal song and dance as you enjoy an interactive experience with Australian wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and a vast array of birds.

Discover the importance of flora and fauna in Aboriginal culture, and learn the centuries-old traditional uses of plants for food and medicine.

This is a unique small-group tour (maximum of eight participants) that offers insight into the culture and traditions of Aboriginal people and their connection to the land.

After your tour, enjoy morning tea at the cafe and then spend the day exploring the many exhibits and shows. Join the regularly scheduled keeper talks to learn more about Taronga Zoo's wide variety of animals.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was a highlight of our visit to Australia.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

I loved this tour! It was exactly what I wanted- a nice overview of the plants and animals in terms of biology and folklore. Australia is such a rich land and heritage and this was a perfect way to learn a bit about it all. I would absolutely recommend this one. My guide (I think her name was Shayna) was personable, professional, very knowledgable, and a lot of fun!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

We, a 'mature' couple, wished to combine our Taronga visit with an introductory experience of the Aboriginal relationship with Nature.

We were very lucky that the tour 'group' was made up of just us two, and that we even got two guides! We were surprised that our lady guide didn't look the least Aboriginal to us, with green eyes and blond hair, but she told us that she did have some Aboriginal blood through a grandparent and thus regarded herself as such - interesting information already at the greetings stage!

Our two guides did a very good job at keeping our ears and eyes wide open during the tour. In fact, the most rewarding part was actually ourlong and adlibbed conversation during the concluding coffee brake, which lasted a good half hour over the tour schedule.

So, a most rewarding visit in spite of the drizzling weather and an excellent enticement for seeking more knowledge about Australia's original inhabitants and their close relationship with Nature.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

The zoo is terrific ,not only for the animals but also for the location, up high and overlooking the harbor. Our tour guide , Leon ,was just terrific. He is a wonderful asset to the zoo. Very intelligent and friendly . He actually spent more time with us than was expected. This was on our second day there so it was a great start to our trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Really enjoyed this behind-the-scenes tour. Guide shared Aboriginal stories about native animals and plants. The highlight of the tour was the opportunity to go into the koala enclosure and take pictures with them!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

Friendly and informative guide. Interesting information about the animals and plants. Close encounters with some animals. Small group (5 of us) was definitely a plus. Morning tea and a chat at the end of the tour were also great.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

Brilliant, learnt way more than I would just going round the zoo myself. The guide really knew her stuff, it was cool to learn the dream time stories relating to the different animals. Would definitely recommend this tour!

4 star rating: Recommended March 2013

There was only two of us on this tour which made it personalize. I wanted to learn more about the Aboringinies. The guide and two others did talk about the connection between nature and the beliefs of their people. I did as much talking to them as all three did to me and I did not get what I wanted out of this tour. It was also a behind the scene tour of the zoo and we got to go into the Koala area and touch and/or take photos of all the koalas which made the tour alone worthwhile.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2013

It was very interesting even if we missed some of the informaition because we are not so good at english.

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2015

I was the only person booked for this so It was great

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