Australia’s Iconic Animals in Sydney CBD | Sydney Wildlife Zoo

Australia’s Iconic Animals in Sydney CBD | Sydney Wildlife Zoo

If you are planning a trip to Sydney and you are a visitor from overseas, then you can’t really leave Australia without having seen some of the countries famous animals. If a trip to Taronga Zoo is too long (it will take up most of your day) but you would still like to see (or even pat) some icons, then I suggest you pop into Sydney Wildlife Zoo in Darling Harbor.

It is home to different species of Kangaroos, Koala’s, a massive crocodile and several different types of reptiles.

In this post, I will show you some of these adorable animals and I will give you some basic information on this zoo.


The first exhibit that you will wander into is the butterfly exhibit. Here there are tens of stunning butterflies flying around in enclosed exhibit. They can land on you and it’s pretty easy to get up close with these stunning creatures to take some pictures. I spent quite some time here, cause I am a geek and wanted to take some cool shots.


This koala is living my ultimate lifestyle. Eating and sleeping at the same time whilst looking adorable. Man, I envy this creature.

You can get a koala encounter, which I didn’t do cause I already touched one at Featherdale wildlife park. But it is possible if you wish. These animals are incredibly popular, so you do have to fight about about a hundred other tourists for the same picture. Totally worth it though.


Another popular spot at this little zoo are the kangaroos and wallabies. Their enclosure is open, so you can actually walk in and get up close with them. Only if the animals are in a certain area of the encloser are you allowed to come up close.


They also have loads of cool lizards and reptiles at this zoo. They are totally chill and can be seen from very close by. These two dudes were just chilling for hours at the same spot, getting their picture taken by hundreds of tourists. They did not seem to mind. Can’t blame them, if I was that skinny I wouldn’t mind getting my picture taken either haha.

Of course, there are many more animals to be seen, but I don’t want to show you everything, ruining the zoo for you. So if you wish to see more, then I advise you to go to the zoo yourself.


  • Tourist waves – I noticed that people were traveling in packs. So you would get a wave of people all huddling in front of one enclosure, and all pretty much at the same time would pack up and continue to the next. If you find that its busy, wait a bit at one of the enclosures and see if you can place yourself between some groups. Because the zoo is not too big, so you need to find your space. I found that this made my experience a lot more enjoyable.
  • Time – if you take it slow, it will take you about 90 minutes to cover the entire zoo.



Since the zoo is handily located right in the heart of Darling Harbor, it is very easily accessible.

It is only a short walk from Wynyard Station and Town Hall Station. Head for King Street from Wynyard or Market Street from Town Hall and then walk down the hill towards Darling Harbour.

Traveling by car? There are several parking options close to the zoo. Check out our ‘cheap’ parking deals.

For full public transport information for Sydney and NSW, visit the official Transport NSW website.


Standard opening hours

  • 10:00am – 5:00pm (Last entry 4:00pm)

Early closures

  • 7th December 2018: Open 10 am – 3 pm (2 pm last entry)
  • 25th December 2018: Open 10am – 4pm (3pm last entry)


Gate Price Online Price Price for a child
General Admission Tickets $ 44 $35 $24.60
Fully Flexible Ticket X $44 $31
Breakfast with the Koalas $ 67 $55 $45

I definitely recommend booking online, because that will save you quite a lot of money. I later booked my ticket 10 minutes before I rocked up. You get an online ticket that they scan at the entrance. So one, you save money and two you can skip all the ques. YAY

Additionally, they offer great packages and discounts if you want to visit multiple attractions in one day.

Gate Price Online Price Price for a child
Visit two attractions $88 $50 $35
Visit three attractions $60 $132 $40
Visit four attractions $ 70 $ 161 $45

The other attractions that you can visit are:

  • Sealife Sydney
  • The Sydney Tower Eye
  • Madam Tussauds


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