Spending a Day at Sydney’s Newest Zoo – Sydney Zoo Blacktown

Sydney Zoo Blacktown

A while back a new zoo opened its doors in Sydney. Located in Sydney’s west, it offers great transport access and minutes away from key locations and other entertainment attractions.

Sydney Zoo includes 30 exhibits and a variety of animal species, including highly popular exotic and typical Aussie animals including Australia’s largest Reptile and Nocturnal house. It also includes a show arena, picnic areas, wetlands, waterways and gardens, gift shops, restaurants, cafes, kiosks and other basic amenities. The new zoo has been designed with no hills or steps, making it accessible to those using wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Therefore, this zoo is ideal for people with children as it is super accessible.

In this blog post, I will take you along to Sydney Zoo and show if it is the right zoo for you to visit.

The new Sydney Zoo

Sydney Zoo Entrance

Underneath I will show you some of the basic information about Sydney Zoo in Blacktown. Handy information in when they are open, how much tickets are, how to get there and much more.

Opening Hours

open from 9am – 5pm every day until 12 October.

Accessibility

All public areas and exhibits are accessible by wheelchair or mobility scooter. The zoo is relatively flat with wide pathways making it incredibly accessibility friendly. You can tell that they have planned out this zoo to make it as accessible as possible.

The zoo also offers stroller and mobility device hire.

Stroller and Mobility Device Hire

Sydney Zoo offers high-quality mobility devices for hire from the Information Desk at the Zoo Entrance. Photo identification is required. For advance bookings, contact the reservations team at 1800 643 999. Pricing for hire of these devices is below.

Stroller Hire proudly supported by Baby Jogger: $15 plus $20 refundable deposit

Wheelchair Hire proudly supported by Sunrise Medical: Free plus $50 refundable deposit

Electric Mobility Scooter proudly supported by Sunrise Medical: $100 per day plus $50 refundable deposit

Tickets

It is advised to buy pre-buy the tickets online. Pricelist can be found below (Prices from 29th September 2020)

Individual Tickets AT GATE ONLINE
Adult (16+ years) $47.50 $39.99
Child (3-15 years) $23 $19.99
Concession* $35 $29.99
Infant (0-2 years) FREE FREE

Sydney Zoo also offers memberships and day family passes. Member benefits:

  • Unlimited access to the zoo
  • No admission fees
  • 10% off food, beverages and at the zoo shop
  • Exclusive access and offers to events throughout the year.
  • 20% off entry into Raging Waters Sydney.

The Sydney Zoo family pass consists of 1 adult + 1 child or 1 adult + 2 children for single parent families; and, 2 adults + 1 child and up to 4 children for large families.

Address

700 Great Western Highway, Bungarribee NSW 2767

Phone number: 1800 843 966

Getting to Sydney Zoo?

The Zoo is well connected, located on the Great Western Highway the zoo is accessible by car, public transport or rideshare services. It has excellent access to the M4 and M7 Motorways and there is on-site parking.

Getting to Sydney Zoo via public transport is pretty simple and straightforward. I took the train to Blacktown Station and from there you can get on a connecting service to the zoo. This service also passed Featherdal Wildlife Park, so ideal if you want to combine both parks.

Getting there by bus

The best bus to get on is the 729 bus.

Route 729 services travel to Sydney Zoo every 25-30 minutes from Blacktown and Mount Druitt train stations via Minchinbury.

  • Route 729 service bus stops are located either side of the Great Western Highway.
  • Passengers travelling from Blacktown train station should use Stand E.
  • Passengers travelling from Mount Druitt train station should use Stand A.

All parking at Sydney Zoo is free of charge. However, there are time slots. For example, if your booking is for the 9am-10am time slot, you should arrive within this window of time. There are 1,000 car spaces available at the on-site parking.

Additional Attractions in the area

Sydney Zoo is close to other key Western Sydney attractions, underneath just a couple, if you wish to combine your trip to the zoo with another attraction.

  • Next door to Western Sydney Parklands
  • Eastern Creek Raceway
  • Raging Waters Sydney
  • Featherdale Wildlife Park
  • Blacktown International Sports Park
  • Nurragingy Reserve
  • Sydney International Equestrian Centre

Sydney Zoo Blacktown

Sydney Zoo – The Animals

The zoo has been divided into 6 ‘sections’. Underneath the sections and what you can encounter.

Africa

The Afrika section has a lovely boardwalk, offering a Birdseye views of some of the enclosures. They have an impressive pack of Lions, which was by far the most popular stop for most people in this section. Additionally they have herds of grazing animals like giraffes and zebra’s in a “savanna’ field. There are some exhibits with Hyena’s, Cheetah’s and Afrika’s Painted dog’s can be found in this section of the park.

Lion at Sydney Zoo Blacktown

Primates

The primates can be found near the entrance of the park. They have created a wide ‘Boulevard’ to get a close-up view of Chimpanzees, Baboons and Spider Monkeys. There is only a couple of exbibits available in the primate section, but when I was there, the monkey’s where quiet active, and it was lovely to see.  The way the exhibits are designed allows you to see them pretty well.

Monkeys at Sydney Zoo

South East Asia

The South East Asia precinct features Tigers, Red Pandas, Orangutan, Water Buffalos and one Elephant. This sections was not my favorite, as almost all the animals where indoors or asleep. But I am sure if they are a bit more active, it is a nice section to explore. It does not have super many exbibits, only 7 in total.

Australia

When entering the Zoo and you take a left, you end up in the Australia section. You are able to see Koala’s Kangaroo’s, Emu’s and wombats. Additionally you can see some nocturnal species and reptiles the the Australia precinct.

During my visit I did not check out the Reptile & Nocturnal House, as due to COVID the line to get in where quite long.

Aquarium

Australia is home to many unique species of fish. In the aquarium you will be able to see many of these, including a crocodile and penguins.

Due to COVID, you have to que up if you want to see them. Since it was a boiling hot day, the line was from the entrance to Tokyo, I skipped out on  the aquarium part of the zoo as well.

Should I visit Sydney Zoo in Blacktown?

I think Sydney Zoo is ideal for people with children who live in the near vicinity of the zoo! The way the zoo is set up, the type of facilities they have and the type of animals they have is ideal for young families. If you do not have children, but you are looking for something to do in the Blacktown area, then I would suggest checking out Featherdale instead. If you want a ‘proper’ zoo experience, then Taranga Zoo is still your best bet.

All in all, I did like Sydney Zoo, but their target audience is most definitely people with young children.

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