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Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket and Wild Australia Experience

Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket and Wild Australia Experience

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Overview

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

A zookeeper tour takes you to off-limits areas to learn more about the zoo and see koalas up close.
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Behind the scenes tour with a professional zoo keeper
Sky Safari gondola round-trip* Excluding times of maintenance or Bad Weather
Morning or afternoon tea
Souvenir gift
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transportation to the zoo
Food and drinks unless specified
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 the Sky Safari 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 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.
Itinerary
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Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo is one of Sydney’s top attractions and is loved by locals and tourists alike. Located on the magnificent harbor, just 12 minutes by ferry with views of iconic landmarks this is truly a zoo with a view! Arrive at the zoo and take the Sky Safari gondola to the top entrance. Fly above the Zoo as it skims the canopy of the Asian rainforest inhabited by Taronga's orangutans and glide across the mysterious riverscape of AGL Amazonia, home to the Zoo's South American animals. Meet your zoo keeper and start your in-depth Wild Australia Experience that will bring you close to the animals and where you will learn about the work of the zoo keepers. Learn about the unique Australian animals and how they are cared for at the zoo, go behind the scenes into restricted access areas, see how the food is prepared in the 'animal kitchen,' and explore the world of the wallabies and kangaroos. You will get to enter the Australian bushland and the underground world of the endangered Southern hairy-nosed wombat, discover the mysteries of the platypus, and explore the nocturnal house for a close encounter with the normally shy and elusive wildlife which only venture out at night. At the end of your tour you'll be served a light snack at Harbourview Cafe and receive a souvenir gift. Admission to Taronga Zoo is included so you are free to spend the day exploring the many exhibits and shows before and after your tour. Join the regularly scheduled keeper talks to learn more about Taronga Zoo's wide variety of animals. -------------------- ITINERARY -------------------- 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.Arrive at the zoo and take the Sky Safari gondola to the top entrance. Fly above the Zoo as it skims the canopy of the Asian rainforest inhabited by Taronga's orangutans and glide across the mysterious riverscape of AGL Amazonia, home to the Zoo's South American animals. Meet your zoo keeper and start your in-depth Wild Australia Experience that will bring you close to the animals and where you will learn about the work of the zoo keepers. Learn about the unique Australian animals and how they are cared for at the zoo, go behind the scenes into restricted access areas, see how the food is prepared in the 'animal kitchen,' and explore the world of the wallabies and kangaroos. You will get to enter the Australian bushland and the underground world of the endangered Southern hairy-nosed wombat, discover the mysteries of the platypus, and explore the nocturnal house for a close encounter with the normally shy and elusive wildlife which only venture out at night. At the end of your tour you'll be served a light snack at Harbourview Cafe and receive a souvenir gift. Admission to Taronga Zoo is included so you are free to spend the day exploring the many exhibits and shows before and after your tour. Join the regularly scheduled keeper talks to learn more about Taronga Zoo's wide variety of animals.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Maximum of 8 people per tour
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Taronga Zoo
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket and Wild Australia Experience?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket and Wild Australia Experience?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket and Wild Australia Experience?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "This is a must for any visitor to the Sydney area!" See review
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star-5
The best experience we had during our time in Sydney!
Richard_C
, Apr 2020
An absolutely beautiful zoo, even though a number of the animals were unavailable for viewing. The behind-the-scenes experience was well worth the cost. Our guide was informative, and very entertaining. Particularly enjoyed learning about "Drop Bears"! Highly recommend to all.
star-5
Well worth it - learned and enjoyed the zoo so much more
Holly_S
, Mar 2020
Our guide was fabulous at teaching us about the local anamals, we learned so much more and enjoyed this experience more than just the zoo visit would have allowed. Well worth it !
star-5
Meeting the koala’s
Sharyn_H
, Mar 2020
We had the nicest visit to the Taronga zoo. We had the absolute best zoo keeper Holly, who spent a few hours with us going through the Australian animals at the zoo. We met so many of the animal residents, got to touch them and take pictures. I would recommend this tour to anyone that want a to learn about the behind the scenes information about the Australian animals.
star-5
up close to the critters
Allison_S
, Mar 2020
This was absolutely fabulous! We were escorted by Paul who was fantastic. His knowledge of and respect for the animals at the zoo was wonderful. Would definitely recommend this to everyone.
star-5
Top shelf Aussie tour
Carolyn_T
, Mar 2020
The guide was brilliant my grandkids 7 & 9 loved the experience as well as the adults The tour was first class and a great way to learn more about Australian animals
star-5
The private visit in the “night sky” room with the Feathertail Pygmy glider and the three adorable spiny Echidnas.
Dianne_T
, Feb 2020
This was an amazing experience! We had a remarkable zoo keeper who gave us many exceptional behind the scenes with the many unusual and diverse animals there. The facility is exceptional, and we learned a great deal of new information about these wonderful animals. Best zoo ever! Best tour ever!
star-4
Zoo experience
Billiam327
, Feb 2020
Allow all day, lots to see. They did a nice job with the landscaping and animal environments. The behind the scenes tour was awesome, and the tour guide was knowledgeable and engaging.
star-5
Best activity in Sydney
Taifu_L
, Feb 2020
This was our favorite activity in Sydney for our family of 4 including 2 teens, 12 and 14 who are difficult to please. Love the in depth information from an experienced tour guide. Had the opportunity to get hands on experience with several native Australian animals. Highly recommend as it is worth the extra fees.
star-5
Wild Australia zoo private tour
Tracy_V
, Feb 2020
Fabulous small tour where we went up close to Koalas and other animals. Juliette was very knowledgeable and fun! Well worth it!
star-5
Up close with koalas
Mike_B
, Feb 2020
Perfect small group tour up close with koalas and the whole range of other indigenous species. Rob the keeper was an excellent informative host. Highly recommended.
star-3
Taronga Zoo
teresaphillips53
, Jan 2020
We got to the zoo and they seemed to be concerned what to do with us. There was confusion with our reservation thru Viator and the group was already full. They offered to send us with volunteers on a different behind the scenes tour and we accepted. The volunteers were great and we did enjoy the tour but it was not what we had originally booked. I am not sure if this was a Viator or zoo issue but the zoo did try to make amends.
star-5
Well worth it.
jamieflaxman
, Jan 2020
This behind the scenes tour was amazing. It focused on Aussie animals. I was the only one on the tour so I was able to spend considerable time with the koalas and kangaroos, as well as in the nocturnal area.
star-4
Behind the scenes tour
Frederick_E
, Jan 2020
The entry to the zoo was an unpleasant experience as 3 different people gave us 3 different directions to go in which was very frustrating. Once the tour started it was fabulous. Very interesting and enlightening. I would highly recommend the behind the scenes tour.
star-5
Fun Tour
Michelle_T
, Jan 2020
Great tour. Small group made it personal. We got up close to australian animals and got to touch a few. Our son loved it!
star-5
The best zoo down under!!
BarbolaQ
, Jan 2020
We had a private behind the scenes tour of the Taronga zoo with Brian. It was raining like crazy, but it didn’t matter. He was so knowledgeable and we absolutely loved the intimate encounter. Thank you for such a great experience!!
star-5
Unbelievable experience!
David P
, Jan 2020
Can't hold or touch the Koalas, but we were basically face to face. Stroked an echidna! Excellent guide showing most Aussie animals where general public can't go. We finished up donating and adopting a Koala. Definately do this tour.
star-3
Misleading
Bonita_B
, Jan 2020
The description in the tour was misleading. With that being said our tour guide Sam was very knowledgeable. We spent a few hours in one little section of the zoo. We did not get to interact with the animals as much as anticipated. The extra price was not worth the money .
star-5
Cruise Stop in Sydney for the Day
MsBonBon27
, Dec 2019
Behind the scenes tour was wonderful. Saw the Koalas up close. Unfortunately we only got to experience about an hour of it as our tour started at 2pm and we had to be back on the ship by 4pm. If you are on a ship , make sure you take the 1030am tour. We actually got to experience the zoo before the tour which was wonderful. Great Zoo for kids, a lot of kid friendly things to do. The ferry from the port to the zoo is easy to find. I think it was 15.00 Round Trip per person usd. I would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
An amazing animal adventure
Neil_W
, Nov 2019
We had the best experience with guide Robert. He was knowledgeable and very friendly and accommodating. The zoo is one of the best I’ve been in and the animals were so well taken care of. This is a must for any visitor to the Sydney area!!
star-4
Nice Zoo
Jessica_W
, Nov 2019
I had a great time at the zoo and the tour was good but I don’t know that this package is worth it. The safari cable ride was shut down so I was forced to pay for the bus from the ferry (which you also have to pay for). It may have been confusion on my part but I thought it included a professional printed photo with a koala. It does not and by the time I figured that out the photo place was closed. Very disappointed in missing out on that. The behind the scenes was fun and informative, our tour guide was awesome, and I felt like I saw a lot of animals. The behind the scenes with the koalas, echidnda, and another small sugar glider- like animal was fun. The bad part of buying the package through the site is that not one employee really knew what to do with it or where to tell me to go. I also had to ask for the souvenir gift at the end.

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