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“A fun hour or so ”

Wild Life Sydney Zoo
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Ranked #61 of 472 things to do in Sydney
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: More than just a zoo, WILD LIFE Sydney features interactive displays, inspiring and entertaining daily shows, captivating daily feeding sessions and enhanced walk-through habitats including Koala Encounters, The Outback and Butterfly Tropics. WILD LIFE Sydney is Australia's most unique and best wildlife park and it's conveniently located right in the heart of Sydney on Darling Harbour.
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“A fun hour or so ”
Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

For the price the zoo isn't big enough unless you go at a snail's pace. However the animals are amazing and all represent their home country Australia so you won't really find any foreigners! My fav attraction was the enormous crocodile which took my breath away! They do have talks and you can have your photo with the koalas but your not allowed to touch. All in all a good lil tourist attraction but not something I'd put on the top of my list.

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Sydney, Australia
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“A nice place to spend the day”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

I have been here twice and I just don't get bored being in this place. This zoo is perfect for people to have a look at some Australian animals. The talks and shows are amazing and I got to touch a snake for the first time. It is definitely worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“Perferred Toranga”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

Felt this was a little weird to have a zoo in a building. good location and is close to the water, aquarium etc and lots of great restaurants.

Visited November 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“A good place to see Australian animals”
Reviewed January 29, 2014

Don't get me wrong, it is a really nice place to visit, especially with kids. It is well decorated and fun. BUT. If you have time to get out of Sydney, go to some wildlife park instead to see, pat and feed animals in near-wildlife environment (i.e., Featherdale Wildlife Park). Nevertheless, if you don't have time for that, it is a perfect place for you. There are surprisingly a lot of expositions fitted in a small area of Darling Harbor without feeling clogged. Be sure to choose visiting time wisely as it is overcrowded on weekends... Best option is to buy tickets online which will at least save you from an hour wait in a queue.

Visited April 2013
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

We were originally going to give this attraction a miss, but after spying leaflet for the koala breakfasts we decided to book up and go for it, and we were not disappointed.

The package we had, starts early (7:15am) and includes a guided tour around the various enclosures and attractions before the park opens to the public. This is a great way yo see the animals and also to get good information on them from amazingly passionate guides who really want to tell you everything you could ever want to know about the creatures in their care. They also are happy for you to take pictures and to ask questions. In fact the interactivity is all part of it and although it takes a while to get going once everyone was getting in on it the tour became even better.

By having the tour early on, you are able to see the animals in a different light altogether and to see them getting up to things that you may not always see otherwise.This is particularly the case when you finally get to the Koalas which are most active during this time of the day.

As it was a breakfast we were not expecting much, but were amazed to discover that it was a full cooked breakfast, with cereals, fruit, juice, hot drinks, toast and preserves, which you were free to go and top up as many times as you wanted. The cafe were you eat is right next to the koala enclosure, which is open air and with no glass or bars, you get a small talk on these crazy and cute animals before being invited up and in to the enclosure to get up close with them and have you picture taken. Where this differs from most attractions is that the guide will take the official photo (which you get for free) and then will take as many as you want on your own cameras as well! This way you get a real good amount of snapshots to take home and not just the one framed one! The encounter lasts about 10 mins but longer if you want to ask questions. After the breakfast you are welcome then to stay as long as you want in the park looking around and seeing the displays for yourself.

All in all we spent about 3 hours there, including eating and would recommend it to anyone! The breakfast is only on Saturdays and Sundays and you have to book in advance. It may seem pricey but we figured out that for the extra $15 or so on top of the regular ticket, you got a meal worth at least $10, a picture worth $15 and a free tour of the entire exhibit! So in terms of value it was well worth it.

Highlights and plus points:

Good value with the breakfast
Good food
A great chance to see native creatures up close
Amazing guides
Well managed and well run tour
Helpful staff
Could take as many pictures as you wanted
Koala encounter
Clean tidy and well laid out
Animals in great condition and active

Negative points:

You cant stay there all day

This was a fantastic way to end out trip and we had an amazing time! Check it out and if you want to see and learn more about the native species that Australia has to offer!

Visited January 2014
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