Sydney Taronga Zoo's Aussie Backyard Adventure Tour

Sydney, Australia
Sydney Taronga Zoos Australian Animals Tour and Sky Safari

From $69.05

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up to 6 days in advance

  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Offered in: English


Enjoy an in-depth experience of Sydney Taronga Zoo on a guided tour with a zoo guide who introduces you to Australian native animals including koalas and kangaroos. Learn more than you could on your own. This small-group tour is limited to ten people and includes admission tickets to Taronga Zoo.
  • In-depth guided tour by a zoo guide
  • Come face-to-face with kangaroos and wallabies
  • Meet hand-raised animals native animals
  • All-day access pass to explore Taronga Zoo before or after your tour
  • Small-group tour maximum ten people

What's Included

  • All-day pass to Taronga Zoo
  • Small-group guided tour(1.5 hours)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink
  • Transportation to the zoo
  • This tour does NOT include animal encounters or interactions

Meeting And Pickup

Departure Point

  • Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, New South Wales 2088 Australia

Ticket Redemption Point

Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Rd , Mosman NSW 2088, Australia

What To Expect

A zoo guide meets you at the designated time to start your Australian Animals tour. Walking around the grounds with a zoo guide, learn first-hand about the animals and zoo operations. Find out detailed information about the kangaroo, wallaby, echidna, koala, Australian birds and more during your tour, which also explores a replica of a sandstone gorge that is typical of those found in the Blue Mountains. Remember to bring your camera for great photo ops with the critters.

Since your small-group numbers have a maximum of ten participants, enjoy an intimate and personalized experience with a knowledgeable zoo guide showing you around the zoo and its inner core. It's the perfect tour for animal lovers!

After your guided tour, enjoy the rest of the day to explore the zoo at your leisure. If you have worked up an appetite, there are several restaurant and cafe options available, with sit-down or casual dining choices that you can choose. Taronga Zoo also has many picnic areas. You are welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy while soaking in spectacular views that overlook Sydney Harbour.

Taronga Zoo

Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers 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 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 6 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 2–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Melinda the tour guide was very informative. The zoo was amazing. When visiting the zoo, a tour guide is the way to go.


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Fantastic Experience
Janet_M, Apr 2024
Melinda the tour guide was very informative. The zoo was amazing. When visiting the zoo, a tour guide is the way to go.
Do The Zoo
Jeanine_J, Mar 2024
Our guides, Geoffrey and Esther were excellent. Very knowledgeable and fun. We had the privilege of seeing several animals who were active during our visit, eating and moving about (considering koalas sleep 20 hour a day and the platypus are usually hard to see in the nocturnal exhibit). They had several suggestions of what ro see and do and it was a great day. Definitely worthwhile.
Great Zoo Experience at Taronga
srossman, Mar 2024
Our private tour when the Zoo opened was a perfect introduction to the many exhibits and allowed us to see many animals while they were still active in the morning without the crowds. The guides were wonderful. The Zoo itself is a treasure. The views of Sydney, especially from the Wild Bird Show theater (a great program btw), are spectacular. Tip: The zoo is on three levels, but there are helpful lifts and escalators available as you go up and down. Overall, a must see experience at one of the world’s best zoos.
Excellent tour of the Australian animals at the Taronga Zoo
Jane_T, Mar 2024
Excellent tour—there were 9 of us and we had 2 tour guides. Very informative-nice pace—and a beautiful zoo. Definitely recommend. And just FYI—there are no live animal interactions on this tour.
Educational tour
Jonathan_M, Feb 2024
The tour guides were knowledgable and I found the tour educational. I appreciated that they adjusted to tour to take into account the heat/humidity into account when leading the tour. I have a feeling that we would have covered more ground if it was a bit cooler but I think that some of the other guests would have had difficulties keeping up. The only downside (not related to the tour) was that there were not enough shuttles taking patrons from the ferry dock up to the main entrance and the wait was over 30 minutes for the next set of buses. They should have had more running that day as it was quite hot.
Must do!
Cherise_A, Feb 2024
Our tour guide was awesome and we learned and saw so much more than we would’ve just walking around ourselves.
The best electric chair experience.
JoAnn_L, Feb 2024
The Zoo Volunteer Guides were awesome. The best thing was them telling me about the animals, habitat, living spaces and conservation efforts.
Taronga Zoo
Sharon_C, Feb 2024
Our tour guides were amazing. Thoroughly enjoyed seeing the animals native to Australia. We enjoyed hearing the history of Australia in regards to the animals as well as what the zoo does to protect them.
Australian animal adventure
Kathy, Jan 2024
The zoo volunteer guides were so knowledgeable and took time in each habitat to share info and field questions. Extremely helpful too. We had a wonderful experience learning about the Australian animals.
Great 90 minutes at Taronga
Elaine_D, Jan 2024
This tour was advertised as a tour with a Keeper when it was actually with a volunteer. But Robert was great. Spent 90 minutes with us in the Australia area, so we saw roos of all types, Tasmanian Devils, birds, etc. Taronga is a huge Zoo so there's a lot to cover. He did a great job of explaining all about the Zoo, the animals, conservation work, volunteers, etc. It was a great way to start our day at the Zoo!
Srikanta_B, Dec 2023
The description is not clear. This tour basically involves volunteers trying to give some background on the Aussie animals. There are not add-ons like getting close to any animal through this tour and of course no adventure in this. My kids were quite disappointed to have couple of elderly volunteers talking about the animals. We had more fun exploring the zoo ourselves. Zoo is very nice this tour is not
Taronga Zoo
Cherece_H, Dec 2023
A guided tour is not necessary for this experience. The zoo is large and requires a lot of walking which I enjoyed. It is best to enter from the top versus the bottom if you would like to minimize your incline.
Australian animals
Carey_F, Dec 2023
Lovey guide, very helpful. Only Australian animals in this tour. Too long, I cut it short to go to animal feeding show.
Beautiful Oz
Jean_C, Nov 2023
For the first time in my life, I saw two little-known Oz animals - a beautiful tree kangaroo, and a bilby!
Amazing Tour
Vera_M, Nov 2023
The entire experience was amazing. We were two couples and had three volunteer guides. We were able to not only see and feed the animals, but learned about the history of the animals. Our guides were kind and they helped my husband with mobility issues and seemed to have a world of knowledge. David, Chris and Sandy were amazing guides and we couldn't thank them enough for our wonderful experience. Feeding the Kangaroo's was totally amazing.
Fabulous Tour of an Amazing Zoo!
Ellen_O, Nov 2023
Miri and Julie were amazing guides. Super knowledgeable about the zoo and its animals. Saw all the iconic Aussie animals -koala, platypus, wombat, kangaroos, wallabies, quokka, and Tasmanian devils. We even hand fed wallabies and an emu. My camera died and Miri stepped in to take photos for me and emailed them that evening!! Above and beyond her responsibilities. Can’t recommend this tour enough! Thank you, ladies!!
Extraordinary Experience!
Charmaine_F, Oct 2023
I had three keepers who personally escorted me around the habitats. I would never have seen a third of the animals without their expert understanding of animal behaviour and ability to spot them all while providing information about each exhibit. I was even able to feed some kangaroos. This tour really made the most of my only day at the Taronga Zoo and in Sydney. I will never forget the wonderful day I had. My only suggestion is to have the zoo issue a ticket in advance. Otherwise, you can’t use the bus at the ferry and you have to find your way by climbing up to the information desk at the main entrance.
Great zoo tour
Merle_L, Oct 2023
Seeing the cute koalas. We also fed and petted several kangaroos. We were the only two people on the tour. The tour guide was fantastic and very informative about the Australian animals.
Amazing Tour
Kristel_M, Oct 2023
Mike and Vicky were absolutely wonderful, knowledgeable guides! This backyard tour of all the adorable Australian Animals was well worth the money! We had a fantastic time! I highly recommend this tour.
Worth every penny!!!!
Jennifer_j, Oct 2023
I HIGHLY recommend this as it was the best experience. Our guide Ann was absolutely wonderful and made our visit so special and person. I will definitely do this again.

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