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Enjoy an insider’s view of Taronga Zoo, a top attraction located on scenic Sydney Harbour. A zoo keeper 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 mingle with 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 cable car for amazing aerial views of the zoo and the harbor
  • Be photographed up close with koalas
  • Visit a working zoo kitchen and see how the food is prepared
  • Meet hand-raised native animals
  • 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 cupcakes
  • Small-group tour maximum 8 participants

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

The zoo keeper and small group make it easy to get to know some of Australia's many distinctive animals, including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and platypuses.
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. Explore the world of 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.


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.

Food vendors:
The zoo offers several restaurant and cafe options, with sit-down or casual dining choices available. Taronga Zoo also has many picnic areas; you are welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy while soaking in spectacular views overlooking Sydney Harbour.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Dec 2018

Visiting from California, my friend and I really wanted that unique zoo experience. This was the PERFECT opportunity to get up close and personal with the animals. Our your guide, Sam, was amazing and knew everything about the animals and answered all of our questions. Our group was small so we all had plenty of time to take pictures and really get to understand the different types of animals. So much better standing behind a fence or wall of glass. This was probably one of our favorite days here in Australia and would definitely come back again!!!!

, Dec 2018

Absolutely fabulous 2+ hours up close and personal with the Australian animals. I got to carry an echidna in a pail back to its enclosure and a koala sniffed my hat. Our guide was relaxed and casual, flexible and very open to questions. Better than I expected! Small group too. Would do it again!

, Oct 2018

Brian was a great tour guide. You can tell he really cares about the animals, and ensuring that the animal life in Australia is preserved.

, Oct 2018

We spent the day at the zoo for my daughters 16th birthday. The animals were very active. I was very pleased with the size of their habitats and how well taken care of they are. We upgraded and did a behind the scenes tour which taught us more about the zoo and their animals. Made for a great birthday adventure

, Oct 2018

He gave us a good explanation. I am sorry for my poor response to understanding English.It was a good tour. If I get a chance, I'd like to apply again.

, Sep 2018

Excellent behind the scenes tour. Everything was very nice. Would recommend this tour for people who love zoos.

, Aug 2018

We would recommend this excursion. Great way to spend your time meeting the local animals of Australia. Would book it again on another visit.

, Jul 2018

Our guide Louisa was very knowledgeable and very personable. The education from Louisa and interaction with the animals was a very unique experience for us at a zoo. I would highly recommend this experience to others visiting the zoo. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that a lot of the tour is in the general area with the general public so the other patrons that did not pay for the tour are getting the same information you are getting without paying the price. Louisa did a great job to keep our group front and center when we were in the public areas.

, Jul 2018

This was an amazing behind the scenes adventure we had with our tour guide Paul. We got to get up close and feed multiple animals. If in Sydney would highly recommend this tour.

, Jun 2018

The tour with the keeper was highly informative -- I learned many new things about Australia's unique wildlife.

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