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Absolutely amazing tour. We were the only 2 people on the tour and we had 2 fabulous tour guides with us so we could ask plenty of questions and got to go in to the koala paddock just us 2 and the tour guides which was amazing to get that close to the koalas and we could take lots of photos. We went behind the scenes and in the kitchens which was really interesting and got to feed the wallaby that was not on display. The tour guide offered to take plenty of photos on our phone so we have many memories of the tour. The tour is 1.5 hours to 2 hours but we were shown around 3 hours and then they walked us over to get an encounter and photo with the owl as were running short of time and they didn't want us to miss it. The 2 tour guides were lovely ladies and told us many amazing things.
This tour was amazing for many reasons: First off, our tour guides Pat and Annette were the best! Their love for the animals/birds was palpable. They provided fascinating information about the creatures we saw. It's the best education one can have. Secondly, we came up close to koalas, kangaroos, wallabys, and other animals/birds. Feeding a wallaby while it rested its paws on my knees was one of those special moments. We were taken to areas closed to the general public in order to get a closer view and sometimes touch the animals. Thirdly, Pat and Annette gave us time to observe and take our photos. They were so patient with us. They did not watch the clock and stayed with us longer than planned. And finally, the zoo itself is beautiful. The scenery from the cable car is spectacular. It flies over the zoo so one can see the animals below, as well as the Sydney skyline and harbor. This is a must for one visiting Sydney.
Don L United States of ...
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our guides Carolyn and Barbara were both knowledgeable and helpful. If you are going to the zoo, which you should of you are in Sydney, this tour is a bargain.
Julie R United Kingdom
What a wonderful afternoon. Such a privilege to see behind the scenes. Highly recommended.
The weather was bad just before, so I was the only one on the tour. The personal attention was awesome.
One of the highlights of my trip to Sydney was this tour. It was fantastic! This was a great opportunity to learn more about the unique Australian animals and get a closer look at them--and I do mean a closer look! On this tour you get a lot of one-on-one time with various animals which is great for photos and videos. And the behind the scenes views of how the zoo operates makes you really appreciate everything zoos do to better the lives of animals in their care. I can't recommend this enough for those who want to know more about Australian animals!
loved this tour. yes we are Australian and we saw Australian animals.. but we loved it ESPECIALLY the close up contact with animals we rarely see like platypus and echidna. we got to go behind the scenes and see an animal kitchen and sit with an echidna. That was awesome. well worth the money and time.
We booked a personal tour,the 2 zoo staffs was AWSOME !
My lil one was so in cloud 9 during the 2.5 tour :)
The private tour of the zoo was the best. Jane was the best tour guide. The close up behind the scenes of the zoo was amazing.
We ate lunch just prior to starting the tour. Lunch was purchased right in front of the building where we were to start our tour. We ate out doorsweather was fine then! with the gorgeous scenery right in front of us.Tom was our tour guide and he was very informative and interesting! He gave us lots of behind the scenes experience. We got to feed a wallaby, and even pet a koala! There were only 4 in our group and Tom answered each question and made sure we got the most from the experience. It rained the whole time but that didn't stop Tom nor us as we followed him gladly every step of the way. The whole group would highly recommend this tour for adults and children altho the 4 of us were all adults.
I loved everything about this tour from the minute that I got on the phone to confirm my booking to the moment I left. The staff at the zoo was extremely helpful and accommodating - I was running late from the airport and they couldn't have been more helpful in making sure I was taken care of regardless.If you're lucky enough to have Wendy as your guide, you're in for a treat!
This was well worth the money to have the opportunity to see animals behind the scenes - especially the koalas. You are in a small group so there is a lot of one-on-one time. I would recommend this to anyone with kids also.
This is definitely the way to see the zoo and I thought the price was great considering it included admission, the gondola, etc. And it was quite a thrill to be able to spend time in the koala enclosure and I appreciate that the zoo does not allow people to touch these wild animals--a big reason I selected this zoo rather than other wildlife experiences. Our guides were friendly and helpful and I highly recommend this excursion.
I would definitely recommend this tour. We took the Ferry from Circular Quay 25 round trip for the day including subway
Nikki H United States of ...
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.
Mike B USA
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.
Volunteers were excellent and it was good to be close to the animals and get extra information about native species. Love Australian animals!
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.
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.
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.
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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