WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Darling Harbour
The original docklands of Darling Harbour have been transformed into a tourist mecca with entertainment for the whole family. Cockle Bay Wharf offers dining options from budget to upscale and million dollar views of the harbour. Young crowds gather on weekends for nightlife that ranges from salsa clubs to Dj’s. Families can visit the Chinese Gardens of Friendship or the Sydney Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. The Sydney Maritime Museum and the IMAX theatre are also popular attractions. The Harbourside Shopping Centre is a site unto itself, with hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars. On Saturdays in the summer, the city puts on a spectacular fireworks show along the harbour's shore and there are plenty of other free events during the year - Darling Harbour Fiesta, VIVID’s light installations and the Sydney Festival, just to name a few.
How to get there
  • Wynyard • 7 min walk
  • Town Hall • 9 min walk
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  • ITRT
    38,573 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Located in Darling Harbor
    The Wild Life Sydney Zoo is located in Darling Harbor in the same complex as the Sea Life Aquarium and Madame Tussauds. The zoo is on the small side, but it does showcase animals that are native to Australia such as koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and platypus. The saltwater crocodile exhibit was under renovation. For additional cost, you can have your photo taken with one of the cute koalas, but you are not allowed to hold one. Follow the walkway to see the various habitats and different species of animals. The saltwater crocodile exhibit was under renovation when we visited. Other exhibits include frogs, snakes, pythons, and various lizards. Daily keeper talks are held at different locations and times throughout the zoo. Check the schedule when you arrive if interested in any of the talks.
    G'Day ITRT! Thank you so much for your review! We take pride in showcasing our incredible Australian animals in the heart of Sydney, whilst also demonstrating our conservation efforts through the WILD LIFE Conservation Fund. Additionally, our Crocodile Billabong with our three snappy freshwater crocodiles is now open! However, in regard to not being able to touch our koalas, here at WILD LIFE we put the safety and well-being of our animals as a priority and limit the amount of stress and disruption to their sleep cycle. Along with this, it’s against regulations for members of the public to cuddle koalas in Sydney and the rest of NSW. No zoo or wildlife park in NSW is permitted to allow guests to cuddle koalas. We hope to see you again for another adventure! Cheers, WILD LIFE Sydney Team
    Written 20 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 14 March 2023
  • JungleQueen2103
    Toronto, Canada52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome experience
    It was an awesome experience. The zoo keepers talk were very informative and very well presented. We were able to feed Princess, the cassowary grapes, his favourite food. We saw Kofi, the tree kangaroo up close, same with Koalas and their joeys. The 4 Tasmanian devils were very active, scooting around, such fun to watch. We were also able to stroke the kangaroos and give them a scratch. The whole experience was memorable and I took hundreds of pictures, there was so much to see and do. We absolutely had a blast and really enjoyed our visit. We purchased the 3 attractions package, which gave us the opportunity to visit Sea Life, Wildlife and also the Sky Tower, a great combination! 🙂👍
    G'Day JungleQueen2103! Thank you so much for the PAW-SOME review! WOW! We are so stoked to hear that you truly made the most of your time at WILD LIFE Sydney, and that you were able to feed Princess (you know he really loves his grapes), meet the handsome Mr Kofi, see our Tassie Devils play tag with each other and see the koalas and kangaroos up close and personal! We definitely agree with the benefit of purchasing the multiple attraction pass, then you get to visit all of our sister attractions! We hope to see you back again soon! Cheers, WILD LIFE Sydney Team
    Written 20 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2023
  • Mhissy
    United Kingdom18 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Okay, but small
    I went around all three attractions in one day with the zoo taking just less than an hour to go around. I was quite disappointed with how small it was squished by the harbour next to an aquarium and madame Tussaud's, when Australia is so big. They had the main Australian animals which was nice to see and we had fun. But don't get your hopes up thinking this is a zoo, it's more of an Australian animal whistle stop tour wildlife park. I find the wildlife sanctuaries more ethical, where the animals have been rescued and cannot be released or will be released. Although the Tasmanian devil talk did mention they were helping fight their battle with oral tumours, which is great to hear.
    Hi there, Fern. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. We're sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your experience. Many of our animals are rescue and our keepers provide them quality care, ensuring they are provided the opportunity to stimulate themselves physically and mentally through enrichment. We are proud to support the Tasmanian Devil population and raise awareness of their declining numbers, and we also support many other unique Australian species such as the cassowary, koala and wombat. We do this through our WILD LIFE Conservation Fund, which you are welcome to visit to see just how we support the Australian ecological system. If you have any further feedback, please email us at wildlifesydney@merlinentertainments.com.au Regards, the WILD LIFE Sydney Team
    Written 6 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 May 2023
  • Barold
    Guildford, United Kingdom223 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome insight to Australian wildlife
    Brilliant small zoo of just Australian wildlife: koalas, platypus, kangaroos, crocs, wombats, tassie devils, cassowary, lots of birds, lots of insects, lots of reptiles, all up close. Loved it! Contrary to a couple of the reviews here, although the zoo is small, I saw no indication of classic stressed animal behaviour, and the animals seemed well-accustomed to people.
    G'Day Barry, Thank you so much for your AMAZING review! We are so stoked to hear that you enjoyed meeting all of our WILDLIFE residents and hopefully you learnt something new about their incredible adaptations and behaviours as well! We hope to see you again for another adventure! Cheers, WILD LIFE Sydney Team
    Written 1 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 November 2023
  • Teacake_Taster
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom1,064 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprisingly good
    Right on the harbour side next to the sealife centre. Looks expensive but for an ethical zoo in the city it’s pretty good value. There is a trail up through the zoo, a bit like sealife centres. Overall not a lot of animals but we saw most of them. Highlights were the tree kangaroo, snakes, crocodiles, platypus and the koalas. Keepers very happy to talk about the animals. Great to see the Koalas close up.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 December 2023
  • Andrew C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Adorable Animals and Superb Staff!!
    We came and had a wonderful experience visiting all the animals and engaging with your lovely staff. Thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the animals and in-particular the Australian animals that we can’t see back in the UK. A lady in particular called Adele who is from Brazil and can speak numerous languages was so lovely. She is a credit to your company and she was on her break and still engaged with us for quite a long time and answered all of our questions on the animals. Spent pretty much all day on your premises and would definitely recommend visiting here to all animal lovers and anyone who loves their animals. This was a Birthday celebration we had been waiting over 3 years to celebrate and visiting here was probably the highlight of the day and one of the highlights of my holiday!!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 December 2023
  • JoeK134
    London, United Kingdom91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    Couldn’t decide between this and taragona zoo. This was absolutely perfect for what we wanted - the koalas are GORGEOUS. We just wanted to see the main Aussie animals - kangaroos, wombats, Tasmanian devils, crocs and koalas and this place didn’t disappoint. Have been to many zoos and seen animals sleeping in the distance but this is very close and hands on - LOVED IT
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 January 2024
  • Rey4761
    Makati, Philippines32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Christmas with the Crocs and Koalas
    Sydney on the 25th of December... what was open, this Zoo! Got in early before the crowds... and boy, did they came. My only gripe about entering, and the entire visit, is the walkway. It is a bit to tiresome for someone pushing a grown person on a wheelchair, maybe add some space for rest stops so we don't hinder the line. With that aside, the zoo gave a cozy feeling and then it just wows. Small turns for some areas but it gets wide for the featured animals. Some of the lizards, they were already looking at us before we spotted them, cool and he wombats, very cute. Personal favorites were the Crocodile Billabong and the Koala Rooftop. The crocodiles were active that day and they really look menacing on the water. As for the Koalas, they made this Christmas Day more special as they were also very active when we there for pictures and snacks, even though we were told they sleep for almost 20hrs per day. Hope the photo kiosks get a good maintenance soon as some of them were on the fritz, but luckily, team members were glad to assist us.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 January 2024
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EndlessTravels
Greater Melbourne, Australia35,492 contributions
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Amazing the amount of animals they can fit into a small area of circular quay. It looks small from outside but the enclosures are well planned out. The highlight is probably seeing the cassowary up close. Best seen by buying a Merlin annual pass which gets you into aquarium, wax museum and Sydney eye
Written 23 February 2024
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Rey4761
Makati, Philippines32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Sydney on the 25th of December... what was open, this Zoo!

Got in early before the crowds... and boy, did they came. My only gripe about entering, and the entire visit, is the walkway. It is a bit to tiresome for someone pushing a grown person on a wheelchair, maybe add some space for rest stops so we don't hinder the line.

With that aside, the zoo gave a cozy feeling and then it just wows. Small turns for some areas but it gets wide for the featured animals. Some of the lizards, they were already looking at us before we spotted them, cool and he wombats, very cute. Personal favorites were the Crocodile Billabong and the Koala Rooftop. The crocodiles were active that day and they really look menacing on the water. As for the Koalas, they made this Christmas Day more special as they were also very active when we there for pictures and snacks, even though we were told they sleep for almost 20hrs per day.

Hope the photo kiosks get a good maintenance soon as some of them were on the fritz, but luckily, team members were glad to assist us.
Written 20 January 2024
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Cruiser48976478555
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Jan 2024 • Family
Total rip. In a warehouse. Animals in small pens, but90% in their sleeping huts so couldn’t see them. Not worth five dollars.
Written 17 January 2024
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JoeK134
London, UK91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Couldn’t decide between this and taragona zoo.
This was absolutely perfect for what we wanted - the koalas are GORGEOUS.
We just wanted to see the main Aussie animals - kangaroos, wombats, Tasmanian devils, crocs and koalas and this place didn’t disappoint.
Have been to many zoos and seen animals sleeping in the distance but this is very close and hands on - LOVED IT
Written 9 January 2024
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Cassandra H
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Keepers and facilities were great. More of a tourist destination to educate about aussie eildlife rather then something I'd recommend for Aussie locals
Written 7 January 2024
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Rosemary P
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Even though a smaller zoo, it was quite enjoyable and I liked all the info boards/and information sessions associated with the animals. The children and everyone enjoyed the kangaroos and koalas as well, with everyone taking many pictures.
Written 7 January 2024
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Diego C
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Great experience within Sydney. It looks like the animals are well taken care of and protected. Please go here instead of Featherdale Wildlife Park. I can’t stress enough the difference of how the animals there are packed up and in tough conditions compared yo other Australian parks
Written 31 December 2023
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Diane S
Fairfax Station, VA100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
We chose to visit this zoo rather than a larger one because of its convenient location and the koala experience. It exceeded our expectations. We got to see the Australian "big 5" animals, and because it is small, you could be very close to all of the animals. We especially enjoyed the kangaroos, wallabies, platypus, and of course the koalas. It was amazing to be able to be so close to these sweet, gentle creatures. The animal habitats were very clean and well maintained, and there were a lot of very helpful and informative staff members. Highly recommend.
Written 29 December 2023
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Andrew C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We came and had a wonderful experience visiting all the animals and engaging with your lovely staff. Thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the animals and in-particular the Australian animals that we can’t see back in the UK.

A lady in particular called Adele who is from Brazil and can speak numerous languages was so lovely. She is a credit to your company and she was on her break and still engaged with us for quite a long time and answered all of our questions on the animals.

Spent pretty much all day on your premises and would definitely recommend visiting here to all animal lovers and anyone who loves their animals.

This was a Birthday celebration we had been waiting over 3 years to celebrate and visiting here was probably the highlight of the day and one of the highlights of my holiday!!
Written 27 December 2023
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THUẦN V
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The zoo only have a limited amount of animal. People might find that the animals there are very interesting to see but in my families opinion it is quite poor. The animals were very little and there weren’t many things to see. For family who only wants to see Australian native animal or classic zoo vibe I would recommend this place. But for family who want to see more interesting things I wouldn’t recommend this place. Thank you for reading my review.
Written 19 December 2023
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Frequently Asked Questions about WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost ₹ 2,128.51, while a popular guided tour starts around ₹ 3,602.86 per person.