My husband and I decided it would be fun to take the Kids to a few attractions in Sydney, while we were there recently on a little getaway… Wild Life Zoo being one of them. Neither my husband or I had been before, so we thought it would be a really fun, new experience for the whole family to enjoy together and another tick off the old family bucket list.
I must say, to my surprise, I was seriously impressed. We have frequented a fair few different Zoo’s in our time, we even have an annual pass to our local one.. but Wild Life Sydney is sitting at the top of my list as a favourite now! and I will tell you why.
We visited mid December, so to say it was stinkin’ hot is an understatement. I was already regretting the decision of trekking around a Zoo with the 4 kids in that heat, after already walking from where we were staying to Darling Harbour – I’m not an athlete ok?!
BUT low and behold to my surprise (and relief) the WHOLE ZOO ( or at least 90% of it) is inside! meaning you’re completely protected from the elements of the harsh Aussie seasons. Air conditioned and out of the sun in Summer, with heating and no rain in Winter… making it the perfect day out with the kids.
I know that sounds crazy to say the Zoo is inside, but it is – kind of. You walk around the Zoo inside a wide pathway/corridor that has interactive computers, activities and information displays on the walls next to enclosures, to enhance the fun, learning and experience for both children and adults. The enclosures are still outside, mimicking each animals natural habitat, but has floor to ceiling length windows to view each animal up close and personal. This is unlike most Zoos, where they are often further from view or impossible for the little ones to see on their own. This viewing experience means you are right next to most of the animals (or within centimetres) and there is no missing out.
It is perfect – we were sheltered and they’re protected.
What has sold Wild Life Zoo Sydney to top place for me though, was the fact that is was extremely child friendly – not just child friendly, I mean pram, baby, toddler… three/four-nanger friendly. Our nearly 2 year old and 4 year old were able to freely view each animal and enclosure on their own and walk/run through the whole zoo with us, without us having to worry about them getting into too much strife or lost, while we strolled along with the pram and our older ( 7 & 8 yr old) two. For this reason alone, I highly recommend the Sydney Wild Life Zoo to ANYONE who has small children and wants to get out of the house and do something fun together without the added stress.
Another big seller for me, was that it is ONLY Australian native animals – how brilliant is that?!
I just think, we live in such a beautiful country, with some of the worlds most spectacular species.. it is so important to learn as much as we can and truly embrace what we have.
Wild Life Sydney is also home of the Aussie BIG five, which comprises of the Croc, Kangaroo, Koala, Wombat and Platypus – which to no surprise here were the kids favourites! those and the butterfly enclosure… it was pretty spectacular having a beautiful big butterfly land on your head, while more flutter above you.
Lastly, their Salt Water Croc NEEDS to be seen to be believed, he is literally what my nightmares are made of – UNREAL! it is a frightening and mind blowing experience to get up close and personal, with just a few centimeters and some viewing glass between your face and his teeth.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW, TO GO
Wild Life Zoo is located right on Darling Harbour, which makes it easily accessible for anyone visiting and staying in the city. We stayed at the Fraser Suits on Kent Street ( see here ) right in the heart of the city/CBD and Darling Harbour was only minutes walk away. With a location as central as that, there was no need for us to try and organise a taxi ( with six people in our tribe, I couldn’t think of anything worse than having to “book” a taxi every time we wanted to go somewhere) or to drive and try to find parking. Darling Harbour is also surrounded by ample transport options with frequent tourist shuttles, buses, with a train station and mono rail close by.
Prices start at $42 per adult and $29.50 per child, with children under 4 free. With the option of also adding on an experience, such as breakfast with a Koala or getting up close and cuddly and snapping a photo to keep.
You can also save money buy purchasing a Sydney Big Ticket online – with the option of 2, 3 or 5 attractions. starting at $50 for 2, for adults and $35 for 2, for children, with under 4’s free.
Click Here for more details on prices and to book.
FEED & TALK TIMES
10:00am & 1:30pm – Devil’s Den: Tasmanian Devil Keeper Talk
Meet the resident Tassie Devil’s, Topsy and Bub in Devils Den. Learn more fun facts about these Devils and how this iconic Aussie animal is facing the real threat of extinction in the wild.
10:30am – Wallaby Cliffs: Wombat Keeper Talk
Learn about Ringo the resident wombat and the dangers that wombats face in the wild. Ringo was orphaned as a baby and adopted by WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo – you can hear his story at our Wombat Keeper Talk. Make sure you stay around to help feed Ringo for only a gold coin donation that goes to the WILDLIFE Conservation Fund which supports wombat rescue at ‘Sleepy Burrows’.
11:00 am & 2:00 pm – Crocodile Talk: Kakadu Gorge
Learn fast facts and about the conservation issues facing crocodiles in the wild. The keepers will take you on an amazing journey of discovery to Australia’s Kakadu Gorge.
11:15am & 3:30pm- Lorikeet Feeding: Kakadu Gorge
When it’s time to feed the flock of cheeky lorikeets, they need your help. The friendly and playful red collard lorikeets are far from shy and will enjoy sitting on you whilst eating some of their favourite food. A unique and interactive opportunity, this is one experience not to be missed.
11:30am – Storytelling time (ages 10 and under): Koala Rooftop
Who doesn’t love an animal story! Aimed at our younger guests; join one of our keepers for some story book fun and an interactive animal experience.
12:00pm – Aussie Animal Adventure Show: Kangaroo Walk-About
Encounter some of the furry and scaly creatures that call the heart of Australia home. From the quirky quokka resident and gentle echidnas, to the mysterious and misunderstood snakes and lizards, this show offers hands on experiences with the friendly animals.
12:30pm & 2:30pm – Koala Talk: Koala Rooftop
Meet arguably Australia’s most iconic animal at Koala Encounters. Koalas live the typical laid back, ‘no worries mate’ Australian attitude and lifestyle better than any other animal- sleeping for around 20 hours a day!
1:00pm – Cassowary Talk: Daintree Rainforest
You will have the chance to hear a keeper discuss the world’s third largest bird! Feeding time for the world’s deadliest bird occurs daily at 1.15pm after the talk so make sure you stay around to help feed Princess the male cassowary for only a gold coin donation to the WILD LIFE Conservation Fund that goes towards helping rehabilitate rainforests for cassowaries in the wild.
3:00pm – Kangaroo Keeper Talk: Kangaroo Walk-About
Enjoy some macropod madness in Kangaroo Walk-About. Meet our Grey Kangaroos Martha and Daphne, our famous Kangaroo Island duo Dot and Matilda, and our mob of Agile Wallabies. What do they eat? Do they really box? How far can they hop?
To find out more CLICK HERE to be redirected to Wild Life Sydney Zoo’s Website.
Have you been to Wild Life Zoo Sydney, and did you love it as much as we did? comment below and let me know what your experience was like.
Home of the Aussie Big 5
Meet Aaron, born in February 2011 to dad Bob and mum Samara. Aaron is a very cheeky koala and as a baby, he would stand up to the big boys of the colony but still be very friendly to our little koala joey Bruce. Currently at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Aaron is starting to bellow a lot which is entertaining for visitors at the Zoo!
Saltwater Crocodile – WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is home to a mammoth saltwater crocodile. Like most crocodiles, he spends much of his time dozing in his large pool. The terrifying saltwater crocodile is the largest reptile in the world, measuring sometimes over six metres from tip to tail and can weigh a mind-boggling 1200 kilograms. They can feast on anything including cattle and water buffalo, grasping them with their fearsome teeth and performing the incredible ‘death roll’, where they spins their bodies around to drown their prey and twist pieces off, ready to be devoured.
Freshwater Crocodile- The butterfly tropics zone is home to three Freshwater Crocodiles – Michelle, Margaret and Jenny. While the three girls all share a gorgeous home with their very own waterfall, you couldn’t exactly call these girls friends. Crocodiles are very solitary creatures that rarely interact, however these girls do like to fight over their food. Make sure you see the Freshwater Crocodiles progress for yourself in the Butterfly Topics exhibit!
The platypus belongs to the smallest mammal order in the world; the monotremes or egg-laying mammals. The only other member of this exclusive club is another Australian, the echidna. Found only in eastern Australia, the platypus makes burrows in the steep banks of creeks and rivers and hunts for small prey such as shellfish, fish, tadpoles and insect larvae in deep pools.
Meet Dot and Matilda, they are Kangaroo Island Kangaroos which is a sub-species of the Western Grey Kangaroo. Kangaroo Island Kangaroos have thicker and darker coloured hair and are well-known for their friendly natures. Dot and Matilda are the first pair of Kangaroo Island Kangaroos to call WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo home and serve as kangaroo ambassadors for the unique sub-species.
There is nothing more Ringo, the bare nosed wombat, loves more than carrots! The boisterous boy was born in August 2013. He was found as an orphaned baby and adopted by WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. Ringo can be found raising havoc at Wallaby Cliffs, though he is often out and about in the Zoo meeting his adoring fans.