- 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
- Taronga Zoo, SydneyPhoto by: tacjam
- Taronga Zoo - Giraffes and ...Photo by: Christine C
- 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
- Behind the scenesPhoto by: Doris H
- Hand feeding time!Photo by: Caesarqueen
- Must be nap time for the ...Photo by: Ann S
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- Great Views of the bridge!Photo by: Ann S
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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
Great up close and personal tour. We got to feed wallabies and touch a lot of animals. Very personable guide.
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.
Very good opportunity to see the animals up close. The guide was very friendly. Everything worked well and was perfect.
It was fantastic- we would definitely recommend behind the scenes tour - it was worth every penny
Brilliant experience, highly recommend.
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.
This is an excellent zoo. The tour we purchased of the Australian animals was well done and fun.
Very excellent tour. Highly recommend this tour.
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.
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.