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  • Location:Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:Flexible

Sydney Taronga Zoo's Australian Animals Tour and Sky Safari

Enjoy an in-depth experience of Sydney Taronga Zoo on a 1.5-hour tour with an expert guide who introduces you to Australian native animals including koalas and kangaroos. Go behind the scenes with your guide to meet the zoo’s hand-raised native animals and have your photo taken with some furry friends. You'll learn more than you could on your own and gain access to areas that are normally off limits to the public. This small-group tour is limited to six people and includes general admission and Sky Safari ticket.


  • 1.5-hour in-depth guided tour by a zoo keeper and behind-the-scenes access
  • Round-trip Sky Safari Gondola ride
  • Come face-to-face with kangaroos and wallabies
  • Meet hand-raised animals native animals
  • All-day access pass to explore Taronga Zoo before or after your tour
  • Small-group tour maximum 6 people

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Sydney Taronga Zoo's Australian Animals Tour and Sky Safari

Taronga Zoo's five new Asian Elephants

Make your way across Sydney Harbour, then select one of two complimentary transport options — shuttle bus or gondola — to reach the zoo's main entrance, which is located at the top of the hill. The gondola flies above the animal enclosures, giving you a sneak preview of Asian elephants, big apes and other critters down below.

Your guide meets you at the designated time to start your 1.5-hour Australian Animals tour. Walking around the grounds with your guide, you'll learn first-hand about the animals, keepers and zoo operations. Find out detailed information about the kangaroo, wallaby, echidna, koala, Australian birds and more during your tour, which also explores a replica of a sandstone gorge that is typical of those found in the Blue Mountains. Remember to bring your camera for great photo ops with the critters.

Get the VIP treatment as you visit off-limits areas of the zoo and enjoy face-to-fur interactions with the animals. Since your small-group numbers have a maximum of six participants, you'll have an intimate and personalized experience with a knowledgeable guide showing you around the zoo and its inner core. It's the perfect tour for animal lovers!

After your guided tour, enjoy the rest of the day to explore the zoo at your leisure. If you have worked up an appetite, there are several restaurant and cafe options available, with sit-down or casual dining choices that you can choose. Taronga Zoo also has many picnic areas. You are welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy while soaking in spectacular views that overlook Sydney Harbour.

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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, take the zoo's bus shuttle that meets every ferry.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Amazing up close and personal tour with Australian animals. There were 4 of us with 2 guides. Educational, interesting and fun. Guides were extremely knowledgeable and were able to answer all questions. Highly recommend for older children and adults who love animals. Tour ran 2 hours.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was the best zoo experience we ever had. We had a private tour with two volunteers and were treated like royalty. It was fascinating to go behind the scenes and see and touch the animals native to Australia. We would highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A lovely tour of the zoo and a look behind the scenes and what's more I had two of the volunteer staff to escort me around I felt very special

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I really enjoyed this private tour! The zoo is open to the public, but through this private tour, I was provided with two lovely tour guides that took me to special parts of the zoo not open to the general public, and able to have my photo taken laying down next to a kangaroo. The two tour guides were very knowledgeable with the animals. I highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A fantastic tour and it was amazing to be able to go in with some of the animals and see them close up. The tour guides were very friendly and knowledgable. A thoroughly enjoyable day out.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Awesome zoo, great tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great Stuff and great Tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

best tour ever. Guides were great, we saw a lot. Would recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Tour was excellent. Zoo one of the best seen.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

very friendly and helpful tour made by two charming volunteer ladies, we felt very welcome and had a unique view behind the scenes, highly to be recommended

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