New South Wales Zoos & aquariums

Our most recommended New South Wales Zoos & aquariums

From Sydney: Blue Mountains Guide Tour, Scenic World & Lunch

1. From Sydney: Blue Mountains Guide Tour, Scenic World & Lunch

Join a guided day trip from Sydney to the Blue Mountains. Gaze at the rainforest in Scenic World, see the iconic Three Sisters from Echo Point, savor a lunch, meet animals native to Australia at Featherdale Wildlife Park, and enjoy a cruise back to Sydney. Begin the tour with pickup at select hotels in Syndey, then set off on your adventure. Arrive at Scenic World amusement park in the Blue Mountains. Ride the Scenic Railway, Skyway, and Cableway. Skip the queues and head straight to the rides. Take a stroll on a boardwalk through the rainforest and hear all about its ecosystem. Then, follow your guide to a cliff lookout and soak in panoramic views of the Jamison Valley, with its pink sandstone cliffs and eucalyptus-bound forests. Next, walk down the road to Echo Point and admire sweeping views of the Three Sisters rock formation from the lookout. Learn about its cultural significance from your guide. Then, enjoy some time on your own to wander around and take photos. After working up an appetite, tuck into lunch at a bistro-style pub in the heart of the Blue Mountains. After your meal, continue to Featherdale Wildlife Park to spend some time close to some of Australia's natives. Get a hands-on experience with native animals, including hand-feeding a kangaroo. After spending the day connecting with nature in the World Heritage-listed area of the Blue Mountains, Take a ferry back to Sydney along the Parramatta River. Glide past landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, ending the trip at Circular Quay. 

Sydney: Taronga Zoo Ticket with Return Ferry & Cable Car

2. Sydney: Taronga Zoo Ticket with Return Ferry & Cable Car

Pre-book your entrance ticket to the Taronga Zoo with access to Sky Safari Cable Car and meet hundreds of remarkable species of animals from around the world. Enjoy the benefit of a ferry return ticket from Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, or Watsons Bay. Nestled on the shores of one of the most beautiful harbors in the world, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and is home to over 4,000 animals. Explore the Australian native wildlife as well as rare and endangered exotic animals. See tigers, elephants, exotic birds, and many other species of animals. Spend a fun-filled day out with your family in one of the most famous attractions of Sydney. 

Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

3. Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

Experience the most fun way to travel to Taronga Zoo and save money with a return ticket on the rocket ferry Circular Quay. Once inside the zoo, take in as many of the exhibits as you like at your own pace. Explore 10 themed areas, including Wild Australia, Wild Asia and the Great Southern Oceans. Hear talks by the zookeepers and go to interactive shows, such as the free bird show and free seal show. See native Australian animals, including koala and platypus, along with creatures from around the world such as Asian elephants, lions and giraffe. Grab some lunch at one of the many cafés, or take your own picnic and find a nice spot in the shade. Once you've had your animal fix for the day, head back to the dock and get some amazing views of Sydney on the cruise back to Circular Quay.

Dubbo: Taronga Western Plains Zoo 2-Day Entry Ticket

4. Dubbo: Taronga Western Plains Zoo 2-Day Entry Ticket

Have plenty of time to explore Taronga Western Plains Zoo with a 2-day entry ticket. Walk, drive, or ride around the zoo's 5-kilometer circuit and see its rare and endangered animals. Enjoy access to the Welcome Plaza to shop or relax during your visit. Explore the zoo at your own pace and see its 100s of animals including giraffes, rhinos, elephants, and big cats. Be sure to check out the daily keeper activities (included with your ticket), special tours, and animal encounters. Your tickets are valid for 2 consecutive days, giving you ample time to experience all that is on offer. The zoo's Welcome Plaza includes a shop, playground, and cafe overlooking the Savannah Lake and Primate Island, home to black-handed spider monkeys and ring-tailed lemurs.

Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

5. Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

Overlooking magnificent Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and offers amazing wildlife experiences with stunning harbor views. Nestled on the shores of the world's most beautiful harbor, Taronga Zoo is surrounded by lush bushland of Bradley's Head National Park, popular for early morning walks. Ferries depart from Circular Quay every 30 minutes. The Zoo has many popular trails to explore including the Australian Walkabout, Kids' Trail, Reptile World, African Safari, Big Cats' Trail, Rainforest Trail, Seal Walk, Seals for the Wild, and the iconic must-see Free Flight Birds presentations. Zoo entry includes limited keeper talks, presentations, and access to the Sky Safari cable car. The many exhibits in Taronga Zoo can be reached by footpaths, ramps, lifts and escalators. 90% of Taronga Zoo is fully accessible. Strollers can be hired from the Visitor Information Desk in the main entrance at a small fee and manual wheelchairs can be rented for free and should be booked in advance.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

6. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Enjoy a visit to the Sydney Aquarium to see huge sharks, stingrays, turtles, jellyfish, platypuses, penguins, sea dragons, and much, much more! Marvel at the sawfish swimming amongst tropical fish and sleek sharks in the enormous Great Barrier Reef display. Be delighted by little penguins in the Southern Oceans, or look out for the secretive platypus in the Southern Rivers. See the enormous Japanese Spider Crabs in the CLAWS creature feature, watch as the dugongs feed, then find Nemo in his coral home!

Sydney: Wildlife, Waterfalls and Wine Small Group Tour

7. Sydney: Wildlife, Waterfalls and Wine Small Group Tour

Be part of a small group of no more than 11 travelers and journey by comfortable minibus, south along the beaches of Botany Bay and into the Royal National Park. Wind through the forest and stop at Bald Hill Lookout, which affords sweeping views of the Illawarra coastline and the famous Sea Cliff Bridge. Next, it's on to the family-run Symbio Wildlife Park, active in koala conservation. Find out everything you ever wanted to know about these fascinating marsupials during a private koala presentation with a keeper. Snap the ultimate selfie - just you and a koala. You’ll also be able to feed kangaroos and wallabies and get up close with native Australian wildlife. Continue to follow the scenic coastline of the Grand Pacific Drive across the Sea Cliff Bridge as it sweeps out over the ocean and on to Bulli Beach where you’ll enjoy lunch in a café popular with locals that overlooks the beach and an ocean pool. Bring your swimmers for a pre-lunch dip if the sun is out. In the afternoon head up through temperate rainforest into the Southern Highlands. An easy hike leads to viewpoints that take in the spectacular sandstone gorges and towering waterfalls of the Morton National Park. Finally, you’ll drive along country roads to a boutique winery to taste locally-produced, cool climate wine before returning to Sydney. Arrival back at Circular Quay is around 6:30 PM.

From Sydney: Blue Mountains Deluxe Minivan Group Tour

8. From Sydney: Blue Mountains Deluxe Minivan Group Tour

Embark on a guided trip to the Blue Mountains on a full-day minivan tour from Sydney. Visit multiple lookouts and take in the views of Jamison Valley. Ride the world's steepest railway and visit Sydney Zoo. Your first port of call will be at Echo Point, where you will have the closest and best view of the Three Sisters. Witness the blue haze and the vast expanse of the Jamison Valley, and experience for yourself the raw magic the Blue Mountains create. Next, visit Scenic World and dare yourself to ride the steepest railway in the world. The trains drive down with an incline of 52-64 degrees, but the views from the top are also spectacular. The Scenic Cableway & Skyway offers magnificent views of the Three Sisters and the Valley. After, visit the quaint village of Leura. Explore the boutique store and enjoy lunch at one of the cafes or restaurants (at your own expense). On the way back to Sydney, venture to the Western Plains to visit Sydney Zoo — Sydney’s ultimate wildlife experience. See a koala or a wallaby with an amazing nocturnal enclosure of Australian mammals and reptiles. Sydney Zoo not only provides a huge range of Australian animals but also animals from all over the world. Your trip to Sydney is not complete without a ferry ride on the Parramatta River to Circular Quay. Travel under the Harbour Bridge and past the Opera House before disembarking at Circular Quay where your tour will conclude in the late afternoon.

Sydney Harbour: Thunder Thrill Ride

9. Sydney Harbour: Thunder Thrill Ride

Tackle one of the best experiences on Sydney Harbour. Experience an exhilarating jet boat ride, reaching speeds of up to 75 kilometers per hour. Take in the iconic sights of Sydney Harbour during the Thunder Trill Ride. Choose a 30 or a 45-minute ride, then buckle up and get ready to get wet. Your skipper will ease you into this thrilling experience by gradually reaching high speeds and performing gentle maneuvers around the harbor. Watch out for the skipper’s signals as the ride is cranked up a gear with high-speed spins and breaks. Select a bundle to enjoy entrance to some of Sydney's top attractions along with your adrenalin-pumping ride.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

10. WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Go on an animal adventure in the heart of Sydney and walk through diverse terrains to meet unique Australian wildlife. Journey around the vast nation without leaving the city at WILD LIFE Sydney. Enjoy interactive displays, inspiring and entertaining keeper talks, and enhanced walk-through habitats with kangaroos. Located in the heart of Sydney at Aquarium Wharf in Darling Harbour, it is a fantastic world inside. A world where beautiful butterflies and snakes lurk in the foliage, and turtles and crocodiles glide through the water. You will see the jagged rocks of Wallaby Cliffs to spot yellow-footed rock-wallaby, the toughest and most adapted animal in Australia, and seek out hairy-nosed wombats that munch the grass and shelter down deep burrows. Travel through a recreation of the Daintree Rainforest and Kakadu Gorge. Marvel at the endless variety of the Northern Territory’s Top End landscape. And look down deep gorges, see grassland, experience floodplains, and visit the estuary flats.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,156 reviews

Even though there was lots of fog and rain, the day was interesting and fun! And our guide (Jed, I think, was his name?) used his own card at the end when a few of us were caught at the ferry with cash, but no credit or bank card to access and pay for the ferry ride home.

Fabulous, the tour guide and driver were both very friendly and helpful. The scenery and the sky rides were amazing, highly recommend for a taste of what the Blue Mountains area has to offer.

Fantastic. Thoroughly recommend it. Great for families. Worthwhile spending the extra $10 to hire a wet suit so you can walk into deeper water to feed and pat the rays and sharks.

Well organised. BOB was brilliant .very helpful and informative. Nothing seemed too much trouble for him. Lunch was okay. The Blue mountains stunning. Would reccommend

I had such a great time on this tour! Thank you so much for a wonderful experience, I truly feel like I got to experience Sydney from a great perspective!