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Sydney Taronga Zoo's Aussie Backyard Adventure Tour
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Sydney Taronga Zoo's Aussie Backyard Adventure Tour

By Taronga Zoo
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AU$105.00
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Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 0-99, max of 6 per group
Duration: 1–3 hours
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Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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  • All-day pass to Taronga Zoo
  • Small-group guided tour(1.5 hours)
  • Entry/Admission - Taronga Zoo
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink
  • Transportation to the zoo
  • This tour does NOT include animal encounters or interactions


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2055VIP

  • Most travellers can participate
  • Maximum 10 people per tour
  • The Aussie Backyard Adventure tour operates two times a day. Please see pricing for tour departure times.
  • If you have any mobility and/or accessibility requirements, please let us know prior to arrival to Taronga so we can ensure the tour route can be personalised to ensure the comfortability and safety of all attendees.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

How much is Sydney Taronga Zoo's Aussie Backyard Adventure Tour?
Sydney Taronga Zoo's Aussie Backyard Adventure Tour price starts from AU$107.76. Discover and book Sydney Taronga Zoo's Aussie Backyard Adventure Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the Sydney Taronga Zoo's Aussie Backyard Adventure Tour cancellation policy?
Sydney Taronga Zoo's Aussie Backyard Adventure Tour cancellation policy: If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. Discover and book Sydney Taronga Zoo's Aussie Backyard Adventure Tour on Tripadvisor
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  • Taronga Zoo
    7,628
    Australia
  • Traveltheworldjane
    0 contributions
    Zoo under renovations, a lot of areas closed
    The taronga zoo preserve in itself if nice and modern. The lounge is cozy and inviting and the rooms are very small but nice (although very expensive!). The reception staff was very friendly and professional. The view from the lounge (sunset) is fantastic. I loved the fact that we had 2 private tours (one at night with no one else)and the guides were amazing and very knowledgeable! The area of improvement would be at the lounge-bar… there’s absolutely no service. The barman was lazy and everyone had to go order at the bar (for food or drinks), to get the menu or for anything else…and it was not busy. Also, they only open at 2pm… which is not practical if you want to have lunch…you have to go to the zoo grab fast food. The lounge menu is also very limited. You only have 3 choices.. ! That’s a huge disappointment. As a luxury hotel, they should improve that… Also, the wifi didn’t work for most of my stay. The front desk told me they didn’t have a reliable internet provider. It’s not acceptable for a luxury hotel in a city like Sydney. They should look at changing provider! For elderly people: please note that the parking is very far. There’s parking in front of the hotel in the street but we can’t use it. Also, the air in the room was stifling (there’s no opening windows). I had to open my door for a good 2 hours to get the air circulating. I kept sneezing every time i entered the room. The beds were very comfortable but their air wasn’t. The zoo in itself is under massive renovations for a lot of areas closed. They should improve the signalisation… I saw a lot of people that were completely lost …. Not a good customer experience. Overall a nice place that needs to address a few issues.
    Written 24 February 2024
  • Skiahlc
    0 contributions
    Interesting
    Interesting but very old Zoo (historic) built along a hillside. Flow wasn't very convenient to seeing everything without backtracking a few times. Some exhibits have been or are going to be updated but it's a construction zone now.
    Written 21 February 2024
  • sunbonnettrio
    0 contributions
    Best Zoo!
    We LOVED our time at the Taronga Zoo and we are not big zoo people. I was so impressed with the quality of the exhibits. Make sure to attend the zookeeper talks for animals you're interested in - we planned our day around these talks. Also the tiger exhibit is extremely cool and immersive. The ferry ride there is also a great Sydney experience.
    Written 19 February 2024
  • MrsCockburn
    0 contributions
    Beautiful zoo, stunning surroundings.
    We caught the ferry over to the zoo and had a lengthy wait for the bus (not free) to take us up to the main entrance of the zoo. If you’re feeling fit you can hoof it uphill to the lower zoo entry and navigate yourself up from there. It was an incredibly hot day & although a lot of the animals were sleeping/chilling there was lots to see. The keeper talks were brilliant & the animal enclosures were large & clean. There is a lot of walking involved and most of it uphill but the views of Sydney are well worth it. The bird show is a definite must see & it was wonderful to hear & see first hand how these beautiful birds are being encouraged to thrive at Taronga. We would visit again 🐨🦁🐯🦒🐒🦧
    Written 13 February 2024
  • Sunshine11356281332
    0 contributions
    Nothing to look at !
    Although it was 30 degrees in shade , most animals were out of sight or sleeping! Picked a bad time to visit on a Sunday at 3 pm .
    Written 3 February 2024
  • Exploration787907
    0 contributions
    Wonderful animal experience!
    Wonderfully laid out zoo! So great to see so many animals in open and spacious areas for viewing. Of course seeing koala's and kangaroo's was our highlight. It was great to see how respectful the guide and staff are with respect to the animal sensitivities. They deftly handled the tourists who felt they had a right to touch and hold animals that were legally protected. We have great respect for how the guides balanced the experience with care for the animals. Overall a wonderful experience and we recommend allowing a whole day for this visit!
    Written 2 February 2024
  • trishm7552016
    0 contributions
    Great day out.
    Still a very special place to visit. The ferry ride is just the beginning. The cable car is not operational as it is being revamped. There are free shuttle buses to the main gate at the top of the hill. This means you can wander down all day ready to catch the ferry back to Circular Quay. Booking online was easy and cheap. Dont be scammed by some tour companies which I found to charge nearly double.
    Written 29 January 2024
  • london057
    0 contributions
    This is the Best Zoo in Oceana
    This is the best zoo in Oceana . Another thing they have a great 👍 Australia 🇦🇺 exhibit too . Also both the Dingos and Kolas Bears 🐻 are amazing 🤩 . Lastly this is a very clean zoo too .
    Written 26 January 2024
  • Lindz888
    0 contributions
    Taronga Zoo - is a rip off
    My wife and I took our daughter , a son and our 2 norwegian grand children aged 8 & 6 to Taronga on 12/12/2023. After 2 pensioner discounts the entry fee was $269.70. It was a very disappointing family day out. We saw no lions , no tigers , no bears , no water animals etc etc etc All we saw was 4 giraffes , a few koalas, a few kangaroos, a bird aviary , a indoor reptile display . I have been there numerous times in the last 40 years but this visit was so bad I almost asked for a refund ! Canberra Zoo is a 10/10 but Taronga !! is a RIP OFF
    Written 23 January 2024
  • AzarulF
    0 contributions
    Great place for the whole family to see animals up close.
    I highly recommend you to visit the Zoo if you're in Sydney. The place is huge with lots of spaces for the animals and not cramped like any zoo in the city area. I would recommend going there via the ferry from CQ. This will take you at the bottom of the hill which you can then use the bus to go up to the Zoo main entrance or walk uphill for about 5 mins for the side entrance. Using the ferry will provide a difference experience as you will sail pass the harbour bridge and the Sydney Opera House. At the zoo, you can easily spend a whole day here exploring everything. There are also stunning views of Sydney Harbour.
    Written 18 January 2024
  • Lindajwil
    0 contributions
    Hard Work
    It’s certainly a lovely zoo. Perfectly placed on the amazing harbour but as far as user friendly- not so much. The ferry trip across from Circular Quay is easy but then after a nasty bus shuttle up the steep hill (never consider walking) to the entrance it is pretty cramped and maize like to get around. The animals habitats are well marked but I still am not convinced that their map was user friendly and once inside - it is hard to navigate a path back down to the outward ferry. Look, I am whinging but it should be easier to navigate with clearer signage.
    Written 18 January 2024
  • vickeeee
    0 contributions
    Great experience!
    My boy loves the hotel and the animals. The animals in Australia are so special. The room in the Zoo hotel is pretty and cosy.
    Written 17 January 2024
  • ash04681
    0 contributions
    Lovely day out
    On my solo trip to Australia i decided to do a day out to Taronga zoo. I didn’t manage to see everything as it is so big! Loads of animals and what made it extra special was the view looking out onto the opera house and harbour. Although there are a lot of families here i think it’s definitely worth going a solo day trip too!
    Written 15 January 2024
  • Y87JSadityas
    0 contributions
    Harassment
    The volunteer who screamed at my kids for chasing after magpies who were attacking our food, please remember you work in a place that keeps animals in cages their 'entire life', giving them anxiety, depression and making a spectacle of them for other people's gawking and pleasure. How would you like to be caged in for a day for us to watch you?
    Written 14 January 2024
  • conniea90
    0 contributions
    Amazing to see wallabies, koalas and tasmania devils up close!
    Had a great 1/2 day at this zoo and really enjoyed seeing the Australian animals such as wallabies, kangaroos, koalas and tasmania devil. Great viewing of giraffes, elephants and gorillas as well. Very clean, well kept zoo. Fun to ride the ferry from Circular Quay to get to the zoo which provided great view of Opera House and Bridge.
    Written 10 January 2024
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Clusters4
Toronto, Canada127 contributions
We heard great things about this zoo so decided to visit.
We have visited lots of zoos around the world- London zoo, Singapore zoo, Toronto zoo, Australia zoo etc. This was disappointing.

Lots of parts of the zoo were shut. We couldn’t see the lions, majority of the shops and food places were shut. It just felt like it wasn’t really operating fully.

We watched the birds of flight and the seal show. But I found Australia zoo far more interactive and diverse in comparison.

We did the whole zoo in 4 hours. Lots of uphill and stairs. Can easily catch the ferry into and out of the zoo.
Written 21 March 2023
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Michelle
2 contributions
June 2021 • Family
Too many people, exhibits closed or animals not in enclosures. Food and drink lines excessively long and not at all fun for the kids. 4 sandwiches and 4 coffees was $88. Sky lifts only going one way. With COVID still a worry, there was no way of practicing social distancing no matter how hard you tried. Overall a very disappointing day. Spend your money elsewhere if you want an enjoyable and stress free day.
Written 13 June 2021
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The Free Trader
2 contributions
Nov 2022
Taronga Zoo is like a big animal party with a view! You can see all sorts of animals there – lions, kangaroos, even penguins. The best part? It's on a hill, so you get this mega-awesome view of the city and the harbor. If you're into animals and cool sights, this place is a win-win! 🦁🐨🐧🌆
Written 22 August 2023
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Kat L
Savannah, GA50 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
I went on this tour for my 45th birthday. Not only did the zoo staff make me feel special, they made this my best birthday ever!! Donna and Alistair were so sweet and funny. The highlight of my day was seeing the koalas up close and feeding and petting the Swamp Wallabies. Don’t miss this tour!!
Written 21 December 2019
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Kim H
Leander, TX293 contributions
I am so glad I included this behind the scenes tour on my recent trip to the Taronga zoo. I happen to be there during the off-season in September and was the ONLY person on the tour so got great attention from my two volunteer tour guides, Sue and Robin. They were both extremely knowledgeable and helped to educate me on some of Australia’s most famous animals. During the tour I got to see, touch and have my picture taken with koalas, kangaroos, wallaby’s, possums, and more! You also get to feed the kangaroos native flowers and plants.

Outside of the tour I must say that this is one of the best zoo’s I’ve ever been to. All of the animals are extremely active and the zookeepers do a great job of demonstrating and talking about each animal during the talk sessions. Be sure to attend those (I especially enjoyed the meerkats and the elephants)!

And the views of Sydney and the harbor are spectacular! Take a break and have lunch at The View and enjoy just that, the view! Just watch your food of eating outside there are some gutsy birds that will try to steal your fries! I recommend the Fish & Chips!
Written 18 September 2019
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Su L
Austin, TX22 contributions
Jan 2019
The zoo itself is huge and all the highlights lost in the shuffle. The behind the scenes tours provide comprehensive review of the unique Australian animals and call out the nocturnal creatures for you to have in depth encounter. This is the only way to appreciate the zoo. The view from the zoo into the harbour is stunning.
Written 8 March 2019
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Jeff E
Meadowbrook, PA230 contributions
Jan 2020
We went on a rainy day and found that we were the only two people (max. 8) on the tour with an experienced zookeeper. We got to see many things that the general public would not. All of the animals on our tour were indigenous to the region. We were so close to almost to be able to touch them. We saw kangaroos, koalas, emus, platypus, echidnas (spiny anteaters), ibis, and Australian geese (Magpie goose and Cape Barren goose). .
The guide was very informative and taught us many things that would not have known otherwise.
Great experience.
Written 25 January 2020
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Joan W
London7 contributions
Nov 2019 • Family
Not a fan of Zoos but whilst in a family trip to Sydney, the only way to see Aussie animals is to hit the Zoo. Actually, as zoos go this is set out great and has great views of Sydney harbour. We all did the Koala experience where you can get real close but sadly can not touch them. A great day out had by all. Family group age from 2 to 64.
Written 27 November 2019
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Nancy_from_CA
Northern California23 contributions
Sept 2019
This tour is a fantastic value compared to the cost of general admission to the zoo and will greatly add to your enjoyment of your visit and your understanding of the remarkable Australian wildlife.

You go behind the scenes to experience private viewings (and in some cases the ability to feed and pet) these unique animals while learning amazing facts about them. The guides are very knowledgeable about the animals and the operations of the zoo. The size of the tour group is limited and I was the only participant on my tour so I had a private tour on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

The day after my tour I went out of Sydney on Perfect Day Sydney’s Walking with Wombats tour and I got to see wombats and kangaroos in the wild in Kangaroo Valley. The two tours were a perfect complement to one another and I would recommend doing the zoo first to learn about the animals and then going out to see them in their natural habitat. It is an experience you can have only in Australia!
Written 9 September 2019
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OregonResident
Beaverton, OR144 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
We went to the Taronga Zoo on a hot Sunday in February which also happened to be the last day with the large dinosaurs. I wouldn’t recommend doing that. It was too crowded with limited shade. I’m normally a “stay until closing time” zoo person but we left around 3 pm. We did opt for the VIP Aussie tour which was well worth the money and the zoo visit. There were 2 guides for just 5 people. They took us through back ways into exhibits such that in the 2-3 hours we got to see all of the Australian animals up close while they also gave us interesting facts about them. We saw the kitchen where they serve out all the animal food. We also got much closer to a koala than the normal zoo visitor, such that we could take selfies with him. Additionally, we fed a swamp wallaby.
Written 9 February 2019
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