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Scott B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Worth the money, great experience. Kids loved everything we did there.

Patricia L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

The tour was absolutely wonderful and we had a great time learning about the different animals. We will highly recommend the zoo tour!

Brian E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

This tour provides a wonderful experience meeting Australian animals in a way not usually available to visitors. Being able to have your photo with kolas and feeding kangaroos were undoubtably highlights of the tour.
Vanessa, our guide was able to share here deep knowledge and passion gained as a keeper at the zoo and is a great communicator. I will definitely bring other overseas visitors in the future. Thanks Vanessa and Taronga Zoo.

Gunnar E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

A great experience to visit the beautifully located zoo including the very interesting 'behind the scenes' tour.

Sarah B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

It was pouring rain the entire time and our guide did a fabulous job of showing us as much as possible in spite of the bad weather. She was very knowledgeable and had great stories to tell about all of the animals. The kangaroos were so pitiful under the trees in the rain- they had no desire to come visit us, but it was still cool to get so close. We did get to pet a kangaroo and an echidna. The koala was shy at first but finally came down and we got some great pictures with him. You can't touch or hold the koala and one member of our group was really upset about that. If you stop to think about how many people come through the zoo and take these tours you can understand that it would stress the animals out too much. You still get really close and the pictures are fantastic. This was a great tour and I highly recommend it. Hope you have good weather but be prepared if you don't- bring an umbrella, rain jacket, and sensible shoes.

cait

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

This was a FABULOUS experience! Behind the scenes allowed us to see things that others could never see - and learn how much goes into making the Zoo a very special place to keep our world alive for all of us!

David V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

The tour was great...we got close to and had a chance to feed lots of animals. The koala bears were my wife's favorite! The views of Sydney from the zoo are terrific!

Steve S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Very nice zoo experience. Well worth the money for the Wild Australia Experience for the chance to go behind the scenes and meet the animals.

Vivian R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

This was a great tour. You got to be up close to koalas, pet and feed wallabies, echidnas, bilbies and kangaroos. It was extremely informative and enjoyable.

Sheila L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Absolutely get th Wild Australua Experience. We had 2 hours with a zoo keeper all to ourselves. Great Stories and entry to otherwise unacessable areas .

Donna A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Great up close and personal tour. We got to feed wallabies and touch a lot of animals. Very personable guide.

Chris T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

The zoo was like no other zoo. Got to see all the animals up close and going behind the scene was very interesting! I would suggest this to anybody who is planning on going to the zoo.

chalf2011

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Very good opportunity to see the animals up close. The guide was very friendly. Everything worked well and was perfect.

Darlene B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

It was fantastic- we would definitely recommend behind the scenes tour - it was worth every penny

Lauren P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Brilliant experience, highly recommend.

Debra D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Sean was a wonderful tour guide! It was really special and very much worth experiencing!
I would highly recommend it to really feel like you are experiencing Australia.

James B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

This is an excellent zoo. The tour we purchased of the Australian animals was well done and fun.

jfortenberry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Very excellent tour. Highly recommend this tour.

Richard N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

We had a tour with Paul round his Australian animals and had one of the most memorable tours ever. Paul is so infectiously enthusiastic about his creatures, we felt privileged to meet with them and him. We all came away from the experience with a love his little charges but for me George was the real character of the day. What a wonderful relationship Paul has with them all - a very special day that I would recommend to anyone who likes animals.

Kathleen B Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

This tour is fantastic! Adam was an amiable and knowledgeable guide, and we had ample close up encounter and photo opportunities, as well as the chance to pet a wide variety of both iconic and unusual Australian mammals. I am guessing that animal petting encounters vary depending on each animal's disposition that day, which is why they're not all listed in the tour's description. It's been a lifelong dream to get so close to these animals, and I am thrilled that it's presented by a zoo that cares so deeply about its animals' welfare as well as conservation of wild animals. I will be recommending this tour to everyone who visits Sydney.

Joanne F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

The tour was fantastic. The keeper who conducted this tour was great, full of knowledge and when finished took me to the Bird Show.
The whole day at Taronga was great.

Stephanie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

The Wild Australia Experience was well worth the money! Our daughters, ages 10 and 12, loved this behind the scenes tour! We learned so much about the animals, many that we had never seen before! Tons of hands on experiences that you can not do if you just tour the zoo on your own.

Jim B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

The tour guide was fun and very knowledgable. Everything was much more than we expected. Getting to hand feed and pet many of the animals was definitely the highlight of our visit.

Lynn L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Put this at the top of your list for Sydney. You go behind the scenes, into a koala cage not legal to hold them here any more, sorry, and into a kangaroo cage, where you can feed them and get close to them and their emu companions. We also were in the kitchens to see food prepared for various animals, with an explanation of how their diet varies or doesn't. We saw the feathertail gliders being fed, and could touch their fur, which is incredibly soft. They are the tiniest flying mammals in the world, with amazingly long feathery tails hence the name that help keep them airborne. Then we visited the frogmouths, which look a lot like owls and enjoy the shower spray our guide game them. When we went inside their cage, some local opossums cute with very soft fur - nothing like the North American species of the same name entertained us hanging by their tails in intricate knots and sitting on people's shoulders. After a stop for hand washing, the tour ended at The View Restaurant named for its view of Sydney Harbour and the zoo grounds with cupcakes and a choice of non-alcoholic beverages included in the tour price. We watched ibis on the grass searching for food from the picnickers, and rainbow lorikeets checking the meals of anyone who dined out on the balcony. We highly recommend this tour! Put it on the MUST list!

Sarah C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

I could not imagine a better tour to take that really gives you a wonderful, up close experience with Australia's animals. It was a great tour!

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