- 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.
Recent Photos of This Tour
- Koalas at the ZooPhoto by: David V
- Taronga Zoo, SydneyPhoto by: tacjam
- Taronga Zoo - Giraffes and ...Photo by: Christine C
- Pebbles!Photo by: Trina B
- Zoo Kitchen!Photo by: Trina B
- Kangaroo - Pebbles!Photo by: Trina B
- Petting a bilby.Photo by: Bill604
- Up Close with a Koala.Photo by: Bill604
- glider mousePhoto by: Stephanie D
- Hand feeding a wallabyPhoto by: Stephanie D
- Koala Bear!Photo by: JoAnn S
- at the zooPhoto by: Fred K
- Meeting a wallaby for the ...Photo by: Heidi P
- Best Zoo trip everPhoto by: Tracie Ann W
- Zoo Tour In SydneyPhoto by: MARILEE B
- RoosPhoto by: Maura H
- OwlPhoto by: Maura H
- BilbyPhoto by: Maura H
- KoalaPhoto by: Maura H
- EchidnaPhoto by: Maura H
What You Can Expect
During your tour, you get to meet a number of animals and take a peek into the inner workings of the zoo. Stop at a zoo kitchen and learn how the staff prepares meals for the critters’ various diets. Follow your guide into the restricted area at the Australian Nightlife exhibit to observe nocturnal creatures that are difficult to spot in the wild. Then hand-feed kangaroos, wallabies and emus; pose for photos with koalas inside their enclosure; and learn about wildlife habitat and conservation projects from your expert guide. Discover the iconic creatures of the Australia, including echidnas, platypus, wombats and bilbies as you explore the zoo on this fascinating tour.
After your tour, enjoy complimentary light refreshments at the zoo’s Harbourview Cafe, which boasts spectacular views over Sydney Harbour Bridge and beyond. You’ll also receive a souvenir gift and have the rest of the day to explore Taronga Zoo at your leisure.
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
This trip was all I had hoped for and more. I was vey lucky as there were only three people so we had plenty of up close and personal encounters. Paul our guide was lovely and so passionate about his work at the zoo. He was full of fascinating stories and interesting facts and it was a good learning curve. Getting so close to the animals was amazing and for me a dream come true. The zoo is lovely and it was good to see so many different animals than you woyuwoyuld at home. Would recommend this to any one.
Great tour. Got to see animals we don't have in NY. The zoo keeper was friendly and answered all the questions.
This was an unbelievable behind the scenes tour it was amazing.
The behind the scenes of the Zoo was amazing!
ENJOYED!!! LOVED OUR TOUR GUIDE!
This was such a great zoo! We participated in the 'Behind the Scenes' tour, and Gemma was fantastic! It was so great to see some amazing Australian animals up close and personal :
Amazing day. The zoo keeper and the 6 other customers in our group were all lovely people. Behind the scenes it certainly was. Excellent zoo with magnificent views of Sydney.
The first animal we met was a Wallaby. Turns out everyone can go inside the enclosure, but not everyone can feed and pet the wallaby. Our guide was really good about kindly shooing people away that weren't part of the tour, AND making sure that everyone on the tour got a turn. After that encounter, we felt we had made the right decision... and that was just the first of many! Also, the guide will not accept tips - but they will contribute to wildlife conservation efforts if you still want to show some monetary gratitude.
Great experience! :
The Australia experience made the Zoo trip for us. The behind the scenes looks into how the zoo works and closer contact with some animals was the best part.