5 star rating: Highly Recommended 294 Reviews

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

Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket and Wild Australia Experience

Go behind-the-scenes at Sydney Taronga Zoo for an in-depth, interactive and close up encounter with Australian wildlife. Feed a wallaby and take photos with a koala during this intimate small group tour which has a maximum of only eight participants. Led by a professional zoo keeper, you'll learn all about Australian animals as you meet them face-to-face at Sydney Taronga Zoo.


  • A 2-hour in-depth and behind the scenes tour of Taronga Zoo
  • Ride the Sky Safari gondola for amazing aerial views of the zoo and the harbor
  • Be photographed with the koalas in their enclosure
  • Visit a working zoo kitchen and see how the food is prepared
  • Hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies
  • Go behind-the-scenes in the Australian Nocturnal House
  • All-day access to explore Taronga Zoo before and after your tour
  • Morning or afternoon tea with scones
  • Small-group tour maximum 8 participants

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The zookeeper guide and small group make it easy to get to know some of Australia's many distinctive animals, including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and platypuses.

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What You Can Expect

Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket and Wild Australia Experience

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Taronga Zoo is one of Sydney’s top attractions and is loved by locals and tourists alike. Located on the magnificent harbor, just 12 minutes by ferry with views of iconic landmarks this is truly a zoo with a view!

Arrive at the zoo and take the Sky Safari gondola to the top entrance. Fly above the Zoo as it skims the canopy of the Asian rainforest inhabited by Taronga's orangutans and glide across the mysterious riverscape of AGL Amazonia, home to the Zoo's South American animals.

Meet your zoo keeper and start your in-depth Wild Australia Experience that will bring you close to the animals and where you will learn about the work of the zoo keepers. Learn about the unique Australian animals and how they are cared for at the zoo, go behind the scenes into restricted access areas, see how the food is prepared in the 'animal kitchen,' and help feed the wallabies and kangaroos.

You will get to enter the Australian bushland and the underground world of the endangered Southern hairy-nosed wombat, discover the mysteries of the platypus, and explore the nocturnal house for a close encounter with the normally shy and elusive wildlife which only venture out at night.

At the end of your tour you'll be served a light snack at Harbourview Cafe and receive a souvenir gift.

Admission to Taronga Zoo is included so you are free to spend the day exploring the many exhibits and shows before and after your tour. Join the regularly scheduled keeper talks to learn more about Taronga Zoo's wide variety of animals.

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How to get to Taronga Zoo

The easiest way to get to the zoo is by ferry. Not only is it convenient but a great way to see the spectacular Sydney Harbour. Ferries depart from Wharf 2 at Circular Quay every 30 minutes.

Once you have arrived at Taronga Wharf, take the Sky Safari gondola for a ride high over the zoo grounds. over looking Sydney's most famous landmarks and giving you a bird's-eye view over the zoo inhabitants, ending at the top entrance of the zoo. Alternatively you can take the zoo bus service that meets every ferry.

Restaurant and fast food outlets

Taronga Food Market - open 9.00am - 5.00pm
Located near the elephant enclosure with indoor and outdoor seating offering 6 different food and beverage outlets

Cafe Harbourview - open 10.00am - 4.00pm
Cafe style menu featuring Mediterranean platters, salads, hot food and delicious cakes

Fish and Chips Takeaway - open 11.00am - 2.00pm
Offers your favourite seafood treats, salt'n'pepper squid, calamari, garlic prawns and fish and chips

Terrace Cafe - open 9.00am - 5.00pm
Located inside the main entrance and offers a range of sandwiches, wraps, pastries, coffee and drinks

Taronga Zoo also has many picnic areas, so bring a picnic basket and enjoy lunch with views overlooking Sydney Harbour

Customer Reviews

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent way to get up close with Australian wildlife. Some animals such as the wallaby, echidna and the feather tailed glider you can physically touch. Others like the koala you can't touch, but can go in the pen with. Your keeper explains the zoo's work in conserving threatened Australian wildlife, and answers questions you have about the animals. Very pleasant way to spend time and much more intimate and enjoyable compared to just general entry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was one of the best experiences of my life- I got incredibly lucky and was the only one on my tour so I got to see some really incredible things. Everyone was very friendly, the animals were amazing, and this is probably the nicest zoo I've ever been to. DEFINITELY recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This Small Group Behind the Scenes Guided Tour of the Zoo was the Greatest. I'm not a Zoo kind of Guy. My visits to zoos,, as an adult, had a hidden agend: Curry favor with my girl friend de jour or wife joie de vivre. I booked this tour so my wife could visit, play and feed Koala Bears, Kangaroos and Wallabys on an Up Close and Personal basis. But, I found the behind the scenes feeding, housing and caring for the animals guided tour to be fascinating. As for Herself, she told me I don't have to empty the garbage for six months.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Highly recommend! Was well worth the time and money.

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