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“Surprisingly good for an indoor zoo!”

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
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$30.71*
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WILD LIFE Sydney Entrance Ticket
Ranked #108 of 554 things to do in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Discover the best of Australia at Wild Life Sydney Zoo - the Home of the Aussie Big Five. Step into an animal adventure and meet your favourite iconic Australian animals – meet cute Koalas in Gum Tree Valley or have your photo taken with them at Koala Encounters. Head to Wallaby Cliffs to interact with Ringo the wombat and then hop to Kangaroo Walk-About to walk amongst the Kangaroos. The Platypus Pools are where you’ll find Jackie and Zoey, their resident platypus pals, before entering the daring world of Kakadu Gorge where you’ll come eye to eye with a huge Saltwater Crocodile, and much more. Wild Life Sydney Zoo features interactive displays, entertaining keeper talks and enhanced walk-through habitats including Koala Encounters, Kangaroo Walk-About and Butterfly Tropics. Wild Life Sydney Zoo is open from 10.00am and located in the heart of the city, at Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed January 14, 2013

We chose Wildlife over Taronga zoo because of its focus on Australian animals (we aren't from Australia and we've seen tigers and elephants many times, but rarely koalas,Tasmanian devils or wombats. That being said,we were initially disappointed when we realized that it was entirely indoors (well, it does have some outdoor spaces, but for the most part, one walks down corridors and looks at the animals indoors). However, when we finished, we were surprised that we had liked it as much as we had. There were a lot of animals, several good talks about kangaroos and koalas, and opportunities to take pictures with them.
I agree with another reviewer that it is a good idea to pre-purchase the tickets online, maybe in combination with tickets for other venues.

Thank Chrismar1
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Perhaps they should invest more money in the animal enclosures and less on the gift shop. This is really a gift shop posing as a wildlife centre. Had to queue with the kids waiting for other people to get their photos taken. No other way in - just had to wait for a photo that we didn't want. All in all below average tourist trap. Watching echindas walking around a barren landscape looking for something to scratch around in was pathetic to watch. The aquarium was not much better. Taronga Zoo is cheaper and a thousand times more interesting.

1  Thank Toby P
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

In the heart of the city, this is an easy venue to experience a broad variety of Australian wildlife up close: mammals, birds, reptiles, invertebrates and even some fish. I was particularly enchanted by the butterfly exhibit which reminded me of Singapore, the nocturnal mice speedily chasing each other, the haughty lizards.

The place is very well laid out (all one-way and easy to navigate), easily accessible (lifts and ramps) and very well organised by staff. I loved the fact that in quite a few locations on the day I visited I could have a discussion with the zoo keepers about the Tasmanian Tiger and the baby emus.

On top of that the place runs numerous keeper talks and feeds at scheduled times. The popular Koala Talk runs 5 times a day and here it is possible to meet a koala up close and have your photo taken. I noticed that many tourists were also thrilled with the wallabies and kangaroo closures.

I spent 2.5 hours here and could have spent more time if I had hung around to see more of the the awesome salt-water crocodile at its feeding time.

1  Thank Luxecarol
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

It was expensive an smelly. Not a good variety of animals there. Fairly boring. More for little kids.

1  Thank Leah H
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Well laid out family attraction with easy access from downtown Sydney. Staff were helpful and gave informative and humourous talks about the widlife and displays.

Thank drknows
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