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.
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.
The behind the scenes actually, behind the cages part of the tour was wonderful. The keepers train the animals to respond to visitors, but never force them to do so. They are allowed to familiarize themselves at their own pace. The Bilbies sp? were especially adorable in this regard.
Only disappointing part of tour was that the Sky Safari was closed for maintenance.
The round trip ferry ride from the Circular Quay to Taronga was also a good deal with views of the bridge and Opera House.
Enjoyed the behind the scenes tour and the guide was the best we've encountered. The hands on was very enjoyable.
It was an amazing experience. The zoo keeper we toured the Australian section of the zoo and behind the scenes was very knowledgeable , friendly, and allowed us for much interaction with the animals. The zoo itself is beautifully designed, easy to navigate, with wonderful, innovative, and educational shows. The views of Sydney are stunning
David K USA
Wonderful and informative! The tour guide was friendly, energetic and knowledgable. Would definitely recommend!
Paul was the best zookeeper/guide I have ever met, giving our whole group a very amazing and unforgettable experience. 3
This was an amazing tour! You really do get a behind the scenes look at the beautiful Taronga Zoo. This is a must for anyone visiting the Zoo. One of my favorite things in Sydney!
What a great way to see the marsupials - up close and personal.
Wonderful tour. It starts out going the opposite direction of the zoo entrance. Focus is on Australian native animals which is nice. Our guides love of animals was apparent. Several opportunities to get up close to different varieties of animals. We spent Christmas Day on the tour - one I will never forget.
This is an absolutely great way to spend a day! The zoo is very well planned, beautifully maintained, and has a spectacular view of the city of Sydney across the harbor. The opportunity to walk among many of the animals is special, and the guided tours are hugely informational. We recommend this zoo trip to people of all ages!
Fabulous tour - great zoo keeper guide - really got to understand the Oz fauna as never before. Wonderfully organized and easy for my wife who has some mobility issues. Highly recommend.
Great experience going behind the scenes and interacting with the animals.
The gentleman was very knowledgeable to all the animals and runnings of the zoo. It was great to be able to see behind the scenes of the zoo kitchen and the ability to get up close and personal with some of the animals. Will recommend to anyone.
Fantastic! Kids absolutely loved it, which makes us happy. Our guide Brian was great and very knowledgeable, as you and #39;d expect. Highly recommend this one.
Worth the money, great experience. Kids loved everything we did there.
The tour was absolutely wonderful and we had a great time learning about the different animals. We will highly recommend the zoo tour!
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.
A great experience to visit the beautifully located zoo including the very interesting 'behind the scenes' tour.
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.