WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo is a unique inner city zoo attraction in the heart of Darling Harbour.

Different from most zoo attractions, the WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo combines authentic theming with the highest quality modern design to recreate Australia’s famous animal habitats.

Inside there are a wide variety of both small indoor, and large outdoor enclosures, including koalas on the roof.

There’s more here than meets the eye, despite the relatively small size of the zoo, and there are more than 10 unique habitat zones in the WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo, full of incredible animals and other Australia fauna.

Book your tickets or purchase a Combo Attractions Pass to get the most out of your Sydney day out.

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What will you see at WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo

Daily Feedings and 

The WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo offers a variety of tours and feeding presentations throughout the day in each of the habitat areas.

Learn about everything from crocodiles and kangaroos to cassowaries from the expert zookeepers, and see the animals being fed.

Behind The Scenes Tour 

Take a 45 minute tour behind the scenes at WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo where you’ll get to see the food-prep kitchen, the reptile rooms and the insect house as well as learn about a day in the life of a zookeeper.

Koala and Python Encounters 

Your chance to get up close and personal with either a koala of a python and have some pictures taken of your animal encounter.

Also includes informative talks with zookeepers.

Koala Breakfast Experience 

An exclusive opportunity not just to meet the resident koalas at WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo but also to have a hot buffet breakfast in the zoo’s bush garden.

Happening in the morning, before the zoo is open when the koalas are most active, the Koala Breakfast also includes an informative talk, and a chance to get up close with a koala for a photograph.

Tips

Book Early To Avoid Missing Out 

General admission can be booked online, although tickets will be available onsite.

However, for special experiences and encounters, the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo recommend booking online so you don’t miss out or wait too long in line to buy tickets.

School Holidays 

If you are planning to visit the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo during the NSW school holidays, consider making your visit after lunch.

The site is popular with vacation care providers, and they tend to come early in the morning, and then begin to leave just after lunch.

Birthday Party 

If your child is a zoo fanatic, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo offers the chance for them to host their birthday party on site.

There are two birthday packages to choose from, which include food and a tour of the zoo, as well as admission and extras.

How to get to WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo

Ferry – Services to Darling Harbour leave from Circular Quay Wharf 5 every half an hour.

Walk – 10 minute walk starting from George Street, down either Market or King Streets.

Light Rail – Get off at either Convention of Pyrmont Bay stations.

Train – Get off at Town Hall station for a short walk to Darling Harbour.

Bus – Sydney Explorer Bus Stop No. 24.

Taxi – Get dropped off at Lime Street, or at Wheat Road behind Cockle Bay Wharf.

History

Construction started in 2004, and was completed in 2006, under the site’s original name: Sydney Wildlife World.

Its unusual location right in the centre of Sydney made the zoo very popular, and it was awarded The Australian’s Best Family Focused Tourism Destination in 2007.

The building’s design is also unusual, as most of the public areas are entirely enclosed and airconditioned.

Only the upper level exhibits are open air, enclosed by stainless steel mesh supported by beams that were designed to look like the mythical Rainbow Serpent from above.

It was acquired and expanded in 2011, and renamed as WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo.

Interesting Facts

  • WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo cost 52 million dollars to construct.
  • Insider, there’s a 1 kilometre walkway that moves through 7,000 square metres of enclosures.
  • The largest exhibit in the zoo is the semi-arid kangaroo habitat, which measures 800 square metres and consists of 250 tonnes of red sand transported to Sydney from central Australia, as well as fill-sized bottle trees.

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