Sydney Taronga Zoo's Aussie Backyard Adventure Tour

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

From USD 68.34

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Free cancellation
Up to 7 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

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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
  • Maximum 10 people per tour
  • The Aussie Backyard Adventure tour operates two times a day. Please see pricing for tour departure times.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 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 3–6 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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Fantastic day, best we have ever had! Private tour was amazing, very interesting! Not once did we feel rushed and we had the amazing experience of being able to stroke and feed kangaroos! Big thank you to gaye ( our guide) for making it so special... well worth the money, would highly reccomend this tour, its great valus for money as it includes a day ticket to the park too!


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Private tour & day pass
Natalie_S, Sept 2023
Fantastic day, best we have ever had! Private tour was amazing, very interesting! Not once did we feel rushed and we had the amazing experience of being able to stroke and feed kangaroos! Big thank you to gaye ( our guide) for making it so special... well worth the money, would highly reccomend this tour, its great valus for money as it includes a day ticket to the park too!
Incredible experience!! Must do!!
Rebecca_C, July 2023
What an incredible experience!! Me and a colleague had two lovely ladies as our guides! They were both full of information and had an answer to each question we had about the animals, zoo, history, etc. They were quite lovely! We even got to feed the kangaroos which is something I will never forget! Definitely recommending this to anyone who comes to visit. Such a fun and enjoyable experience! Thank you so much!
Very worth doing!
Blanche_F, June 2023
We enjoyed the Taronga volunteer guided tour of the Australian animals sections of the zoo with our two granddaughters. It was so much better than walking through the areas ourselves not knowing exactly what we were seeing. Our two guides were very knowledgeable and we all learned a lot. The details of this tour could be improved on the Viator site. It was not clear where to redeem the Viator Voucher once we reached the main upper entrance of the zoo. I went to the ticket counter where I was met with confusion, even when the supervisor was called over. My husband just happened to ask at the information booth and, thankfully, they had our names and checked us in. Additionally, “behind the scenes” is a somewhat misleading description. Most of the tour is along the same paths traveled by other zoo visitors. We did spend about 10 minutes in a back area where we saw one animal and took a short cut through another area to rejoin the main path. The volunteer guide did give our granddaughters some food for the kangaroos and let us in a side area to feed them. That was something regular zoo visitors were not allowed to do. There were no other animal encounters with this tour.
Wonderful experience - highly recommended!
Katherine_D, May 2023
Fantastic tour with David. Slow paced, which gave us time to see the animals and discuss their characteristics and their care. I recommend this experience to everybody!
Taronga Zoo was quite an experience
Sharon_G, Apr 2023
The volunteer guides were exceptional. They knew their stuff and were excited to share their knowledge. We saw all of the indigenous animals of Australia. Got pictures of koalas up close and personal; fed and petted the kangaroos; screeched with kookaburras; saw a marvelous bird show; and really enjoyed our visit.
All Access Pass
Chris_M, Apr 2023
This was a lot of fun. Everyone at the Taronga Zoo was very nice. Got guided by very knowledgeable volunteers who took us behind the scenes to get up close and personal with koalas and many other animals. I even got to feed and pet a kangaroo. This tour was fantastic! Highly recommend!
Memorable Visit With First Class Guide !
Robert_I, Apr 2023
Great experience inside koala enclosure…with kind, informative guide who could speak knowledgeably about every animal in the zoo.
Wonderful Private Tour!
Sara_G, Apr 2023
Wonderful private tour with just a few other people. Guides were very knowledgeable and the opportunity to be up close with koalas was amazing!
Vera_M, Mar 2023
We had a fabulous experience visiting the Taronga zoo. We booked the meet the animals tours and we were able to get really close to the koalas in their enclosure, it was such fun. Our tour was like a private tour, just one other couple with us. The 2 zoo keepers were very knowledgeable and showed us all the animals we were eager to see. We were never rushed and they allowed us plenty of time to take pictures and they were able to answer all of our questions. Everyone visiting Sydney should visit the Taronga zoo.
March 2023 zoo visit
Frank_K, Mar 2023
It is a nice zoo. The benefit to creating the environment the animals would live in in the wild made it difficult to find them in trees and bushes and rock formations. Yet, we appreciated they had such a nice environment. We added a private tour to our visit. The information, from the tour guides added a lot to the visit. They assisted us in finding animals we had not seen. We were able to get close to the kolas for pictures and feed kangaroos and a wallaby. We recommend adding it to a zoo visit.
Seeing the Koalas up...
Peter_M, Mar 2023
Seeing the Koalas up close and almost personal without touching them was the highlight. This tour with a guided zoo keeper was very informative with all the Australian wildlife animals and gave us a perspective of their habitat and factors that affect their survival in the wild. We were also able to interact with the Kangaroos and that was a great experience.
Worth it!
I am glad to have attended the tour even though it is slightly expensive. It is all worth it. I like to express my appreciation to Anne and Miri both of them are awesome your guides. They shared many good information about the animals. I love koala and kangaroo 🦘 !
The BEST way to experience the Zoo
Darron_K, Mar 2023
Absolutely amazing experience and tour with Anne and Miri! The information and background on the native animals they provided was great. So informative with lots of humorous stories. Both were very personable and made this feel like a truly immersive and personal experience. They provided lots of tips to enjoy the rest of Sydney. It was obvious they both loved sharing their zoo with visitors! P.S. Don't forget to tip them -- they give 100% back to the zoo for care of the animals!
Up Close and Personal with a Koala and so much more!
Rachel_K, Mar 2023
We had a memorable tour with two lovely volunteers. These ladies were so interesting and very knowledgeable. I am so happy I decided to do a private tour as I learned so much in a short time. The Australian animals were my focus and I think we saw them all, animals I had never seen before. I loved that the zoo was not for profit. I loved that I could be so close to a koala ( one of the reasons I have always wanted to visit Australia). It was well worth the extra cost.
Great too.
Rob_M, Mar 2023
The two ladies that gave me the tour were very informative. Considering it was raining, they over came the elements to provide me an excellent tour. I learned so much.
Great tour- highly recommended
Eugene_F, Feb 2023
Guides were awesome! The Koala and kangaroos were so active and it was a incredible experience up close
Great way to see the zoo
Susan_E, Jan 2023
It was a really nice tour. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and easy to hear. We toured the Australian animal exhibits. Got to go inside the koala exhibit and get a close up photo with one of the animals. At the end of the tour, you are free to spend the rest of the day at the zoo. Fun day.
A great way to see the zoo
Lori_R, Jan 2023
The Australian Animals tour was fabulous. The 2 volunteers (Melinda and Vanessa) were so well versed in everything, very friendly, and extremely kind. I had a little trouble with all the steep inclines and stairs everywhere in the incredibly hilly zoo, and they went out of there way to make it easier on me. Plus, the up close (not too close) koala siting was amazing. They knew exactly where to look and pointed out all the critters hiding. This is definitely a great tour.
emmanuel_d, Jan 2023
I didn t see to much animal from Australia….such crazy. And this is an excursion will should to do during holiday Time. (To much kids)
Excellent Taronga Tour!
BEN_I, Jan 2023
Overall experience was excellent! Our Zoo tour guide volunteer Ms.Gurr was very cheerful, professional and knowledgeable.

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