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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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Customer Reviews

Walter W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

superb idea, you get behind the scenes, can pet and feed a wallaby, feed a koala, get very close up to the unusual animals of Australia, and see what they do with them. Natalie was our zookeeper guide, she was very pleasant and knowledgeable. Plus, take the ferry over to the zoo and get a cheap harbor cruise with great views of the Opera House and bridge. Strongly recommend this tour, takes about 2 hours or so. Well worth it.

Charlotte D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was truly the best thing we could have done in Sydney. Everyone should see this zoo, it is Great. The zoologist that did our tour was super sweet and caring. The weather was wonderful and the time went by so quickly the day was over befor we realized it.

Rachel H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We spent Christmas Day with Earl the kangaroo. Definitely the highlight of the trip. The animals are all well cared for and the employees really seem to like their jobs. Incredible access into several exhibits and even the kitchen where the animals meals were prepared.

jared a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was a fabulous tour, and a great day out in Sydney. The guide was very informative about the animals, which a few we were able to feed and pet. It was an awesome experience, and I was very thankful to have signed up for this tour.

Rebecca O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Amazing tour! Our guide Robert was phenomenal and gave us so much information during our visit. He was very funny and taught us a lot about all the different animals and made the whole experience just so much fun. The zoo itself is beautiful and I loved that we took a ferry to get to the entrance. The view is picture perfect and you san see everything from the harbor to the bridge to the opera house. I was so glad that I was finally able to cross off meeting a koala from my bucket list. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone whole would like to learn about the animals from a higher level!

Kashan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Knowledgeable and friendly tour guide, good up close experience with animals.

Jgmeinert

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The behind the scenes zoo tour was completely worth this ticket price. We were able to get up close with the koalas and hands on many of the native Australian animals. A cable car ride is included with the ticket price which takes you directly to the ferry to make your way quickly back to the Sydney harbor. Beautiful and well taken care of zoo. The zoo can easily be seen during the day and still have your evening free to book another tour.

Werner T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Nice, informative, sweet, very near to the animals! Great !

Jasmina V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Amazing!!

jeanievan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wow!!!! This is a wonderful opportunity like no other to be exposed to the behind the scenes of a world-class zoo. The tour began by taking a Sky Tram up the hill to the start of the tour and top of the zoo - what a great view of the zoo and its animals from the sky! The zoo keepers and guides were knowledgeable, professional and answered all of our questions regarding the zoo, the animals, and their care. We fed the kangaroos and wallabies. The wallabies were very human-friendly and we were able to pet them while we fed them. We spent time up close and personal with the koala bears - we even had photo opportunities. The group also visited the inner sanctum of the zoo kitchen, where we learned about food sources and preparation. We even participated in putting some of the meals together - I received a handful of live worms - with eyes closed - that are part of the Bilbie diet. We then visited the Nocturnal House and met a couple of Bilbies who were anxiously awaiting their meal. We also spent time with a platypus - a most unusual mammal with venom secreting glands. We were treated to tea and scones, and had the rest of the day to explore the rest of the zoo. This experience is one I will cherish always, as I had the opportunity to experience these animals and their surroundings like never before and likely, never again.

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