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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.

Highlights

  • 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

mcleanking

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great experience! To make the most of this we started our day by taking an early ferry from Circular Quay, then walking the zoo ourselves and spending as much time as we wanted in each area. Our guided tour began at 2:00 p.m. and Lisa, our Zookeeper Guide, was outstanding. Her knowledge of the species and her confidence in handling the individual animals made it a special experience for us. We were able to feed, pet and learn about many different Australian animals. We highly recommend this tour!

Jaime W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

On a recent trip to Sydney, I booked this private tour of native Australian animals at Taronga Zoo. I'm not really a zoo person, but wanted to give this a try as these are not animals you see at every other zoo. My tour guide was Nat, and she was great! I got behind the scenes look at caring for the animals, and was even able to feed and hold some!

I highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants a more in depth experience...even if you don't normally like or go to zoos! I loved it, and would do it again. :

Lynne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was fantastic. You get a private tour from a zoo keeper and have access to all of Australia's native animals. From feeding the kangaroos to being up close to the koalas no touching and wallabes. Go behind the scenes to see how and what they are fed. The groups are small so all questions can be asked and answered.

Peter M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What a great experience! Our tour guidezoo keeper was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable.

Sheila K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What an awesome behind the scenes tour! We're able to feed wallabies, cuddle with koalas and held/fed feather tail gliders. Learned about the animals and birds. Exceeded our expectations.

Kelly G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The behind the scenes tour at Taronga Zoo was an amazing experience. The zookeeper, Becky, was knowledgeable and delightful. We not only fed wallabys but going into animal enclosures, feeding animals, and holding some were beyond our expectations. We learned about native Australian animals and some that are endangered and why. Becky's passion for animals was evident. If you enjoy animals then this is your tour!

day trips

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

it was great . The zoo keeper was a great tour guide

Dean B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Best thing we did in Sydney! Highly recommend this!

ksorckoff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

what a fantastic tour we had with Paul! It was so informative and fun for the whole family!! Highly recommend!

William L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was very interesting and the guide for the tour was excellent. We were taken into areas where we could feed some of the animals. We were in the cage with the koalas, but you are not permitted to touch them. It is not a cheap tour, but the experience made it worthwhile.

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