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

Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket and Wild Australia Experience

Enjoy an insider’s view of Taronga Zoo, a top attraction located on scenic Sydney Harbour. A zoo keeper guide gives you exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the animals and other amazing experiences that you won't get with regular admission. This small-group tour has a limit of eight participants, ensuring that you receive a personalized 2-hour experience with ample time to hand-feed the kangaroos, take photos with koalas and wombats, and have close encounters with a variety of other Australian wildlife.


  • 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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After making your way across Sydney Harbour, you have two transport options to arrive at the main entrance of the zoo at the top of the hill. Either hop on the complimentary shuttle bus or gondola. The gondola glides over the animal enclosures, providing a preview of the orangutans, Asian elephants and other critters from above. When you arrive at the entrance, meet your zoo keeper guide and begin your Wild Australia tour.

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.

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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

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.


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.

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