Wild Life Sydney

Australian Zoo, Australia’s Big 5

1-5 Wheat Rd, Sydney NSW 2000 – Open daily from 10am-5pm (Last admission 4pm)

Catch the Manly Ferry from Circular Quay to the sparking waters of Darling Harbour.  Here you can visit this wonderful small zoo, Wild Life Sydney and get up close to the Australian Big 5.  Animals you will see include wombats, kangaroos, koalas, platypus, Tasmanian devils, crocodile, quokkas, cassowary and more…

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Manly Ferry to Darling Harbour

Admission Fees

Buy your ticket online for $35 (Nov 18).  However, if you are planning on visiting another attraction, such as Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds or Sydney Tower Eye, then buy a combined ticket.  It will work out much cheaper that way rather than buying tickets individually.  2 tickets costs $50 and the second attraction can be used the next day if you prefer.


The zoo is quite small and is made up of several different zones. You can see everything within a couple of hours.  Just allow more time if you plan on eating there or having a photograph taken with the koalas.

Kangaroo Walkabout

Here you will get up very close to the Western grey kangaroos, quokka and wallabies.  Watch the animals graze and hop around.

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Butterfly Tropics

Feel the heat and humidity hit you as you enter this tropical exhibit.  The visitors walk amongst the  butterflies and lush greenery. Be prepared for them to land on you, they probably will.  Some are enormous with the most beautiful colours.

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Butterfly Exhibit
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Butterfly Tropics

Gumtree Valley

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Smell the scent of eucalyptus from the gum trees as you enter this area.  Observe the sleepy koalas who occasionally wake to nibble some leaves.

If you wish to have your photo taken with one, you will need to purchase an additional koala encounter ticket.  The cost of this is reduced to $25 if you prebook online.

Breakfast with the Koalas

Online for $55 you can purchase a hot buffet breakfast on the Koala Rooftop amongst the company of the koalas.  This price includes admission to the zoo and a photograph taken with the koalas.

Devil’s Den

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Tasmanian Devil

Spot the Tasmanian Devil.  This time he was basking in the sunshine.

Other exhibits at Wild Life Sydney include…

Kakadu Gorge where you will be amazed at size of Rocky, the enormous salt water crocodile.  He doesn’t look real until he moves!

Nightfall is the nocturnal area where you can watch the gliders and bats.

Feeding Times and Talks

On arrival, check the times of the educational talks that take place throughout the day, as well as feeding times, to make sure you don’t miss out!

Would I Return?

Absolutely.  It offers good value for money especially when combined with another local attraction.  You also get to see the Aussie Big 5!  In my opinion it is a great place to come if you are on a solo holiday in Sydney.

Suggested Further Reading:

Things to do in Sydney – recommended solo activities

Hotels in Sydney – recommended places to stay for solo travel

Restaurants in Sydney – places I recommend for solo dining

Sydney Beaches

Gallery of Photos – Sydney photos I have taken on solo holidays