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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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What You Can Expect

Sydney Taronga Zoo's Australian Animals Tour

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 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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Customer Reviews

Nikki H United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The personalized tour was so amazing! I truly highly recommend this. The volunteer's were so knowledgable and friendly. I enjoyed the behind the scenes access that also came with the tour. I learned a lot about the zoo and the Australian animals. I would do this tour again. I don't think you'd be disappointed in booking this tour.

Donald P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was wonderful. I recommend it to everyone.

Chia-yu L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent tour with knowledgeable and friendly guides!!

Mike B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Tour was excellent! Guides are volunteers at the zoo, so the tour operator is the zoo. You get close up access to many animals and can actually touch some, but not koala bears unfortunately. The tour guides work at the info booth when they are not touring, so they are very knowledgeable about the zoo. This tour is shorter than the other one, but it takes you only to the Australian animals. You can see elephants anywhere, so why waste extra time walking around this very large and hilly zoo? By the way, the 90 minute tour was really 135 minutes for us, and the guide walked my wife and I to several other animal venues and showed us how to exit after the tour was over.

Sheila M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Volunteers were excellent and it was good to be close to the animals and get extra information about native species. Love Australian animals!

Sandra O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The gold tour of the Zoo was amazing. We had two superb guides, Barbara and Gordon, who took us behind the scenes and introduced us personally to many of the inhabitants. Also included was a visit to the kitchen where much of the food was prepared. It is the best way to really understand and appreciate how much work goes into running it and how much they do to support endangered species. An absolute must. The only downside was the ski safari was closed for maintenance but it did not detract from our enjoyment.

Susan V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This is a wonderful Tour. My husband and I along with our closest friends took this tour and we all agreed, it could not have been better. We had two knowledgeable ladies escorting around the Zoo. We were able to go behind the scene and get up-close with some of the animals. We learned about each animal and because there were only 4 of us, were able to ask questions. Do yourself a favor and book this tour.

fernando p Dominican Republic

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016


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5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

I really enjoyed going around and getting to meet the animals and seeing the kitchen where their food is prepared. My favorite was meeting the Koala and learning that they are not bears.

kathryn i

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We had two lovely volunteers show us around the zoo and got up, personal with wallabies, an emu, and koalas. They were able to spot the nocturnal animals in the exhibits, took us to the bird show, and we were given time to see anything else we wanted on our own.
Great experience if you have limited time to spend.

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