7 Places You Should Visit in Sydney if You Love Animals

Posted on Oct 15 2020 - 12:12am by Nina Simons

If you’re planning on visiting Sydney and you absolutely love exploring animal wildlife, then you’re coming to the right place. Sydney offers one of the most diverse spectrum of Australian wildlife that any animal lover will simply fall in love with. Explore these 7 places with your friends and family to get to know Australia’s most majestic animal species.

Experience a heap of native wildlife in Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo may actually be the most iconic place for meeting Australia’s wildlife Sydney has to offer. Many different species show up every day. If you choose to visit this place, you will get to see platypus, get really close to cuddly koalas, and see many other animals such as penguins, giraffes, and owls. You also get to take the Nura Diya Aboriginal Wildlife Tour through Taronga, where you’ll have a chance to hear all about Australian wildlife from the point of view of an Aboriginal guide. This is a perfect destination for someone who loves to explore wildlife and its entire amazing species. 

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Meet Exotic Animals at Symbio Wildlife Park

If you drive another hour from Sydney, you’ll easily find the Symbio Wildlife Park. This place is home to many exotic and native species such as meerkats. Visiting this place is one of the best ways to explore Australia’s finest native fauna and more. Fun fact: their reptile house holds the world’s most venomous snake varieties, and they have a fanatic koala breeding sanctuary as well. 

Visit the Magical Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

Of all the incredible Australian natural attractions, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is the one that you should definitely visit. It is located in Darling Harbour, not far away from Town Hall Station. This place is home to thousands of various tropical fish as well as turtles, stingrays, sharks, and seahorses. However, this place’s biggest pride and joy are its two dugongs. These are the two out of three dugongs displayed in the world. Their names are Wuru and Pig and they love getting visitors. Also, if you want to explore more, you can take a behind the scenes tour or even go snorkelling with beautiful Australian marine life. 

Speaking of sea life, Sydney also offers some of the most amazing places for foodie travellers who enjoy seafood. 

Go on a Backpacking Adventure at Featherdale Wildlife Park

In case you are heading towards the Blue Mountains, you must visit Featherdale Wildlife Park. This is one of the most beautiful places for backpacking where you’ll get to encounter the most exciting Australian wildlife. Here, you will get to cuddle with koalas and feed the wallabies and kangaroos. This place is home to more than 1,700 animals and over 280 different species live here. They also have some not so well known, yet very fascinating endangered species such as Australian Bilby. 

Don’t Miss the Australian Reptile Park

If you love animals with scales, forked tongues, and several eyes, then this is a perfect destination for you. The Australian Reptile Park is located on the NSW Central Coast and it only takes about an hour to get there from Sydney. This place offers so many activities, so make sure you leave a full day free that you can spend there. This is where you can check out almost all of Australia’s native animals such as Tasmanian devils and wombats. Not only that, but their reptile collection will completely leave you in awe. 

If you visit on the weekend, you’ll get to see Elvis the crocodile being fed his tucker. This rare occasion is something you can’t miss out on. Also, for those who are especially passionate about creepy crawlies, there is an amazing spider world exhibit too.

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Once in a Lifetime Experience: Whale watching on the harbour

If you love marine life, then you will definitely enjoy the whale watching cruise around Sidney. It will take you only about 15 minutes to get out of Sydney Harbour to some of the best watching spots depending on the cruise you pick. This experience is the one you definitely shouldn’t miss. The feeling of summer breeze and sun on your skin as you soar through the waves watching majestic whales is irreplaceable. 

Dare to Swim with Sharks 

Lastly, if you want to experience a truly extreme Australian adventure, try swimming with sharks. There is an amazing Shark Dive Xtreme tour in Manly you can try out. The best part is that you don’t need any previous scuba diving experience since this place offers scuba training as well as a safety briefing before going on a guided tour. This easy training will last about 2 to 2.5 hours and then you’ll get to embark on your guided tour through mystical shark tunnels. You’ll dive in Shark Harbour where you will get to come face to face with some of the most majestic species such as three metre grey nurse sharks, sea turtles, fish, and stingrays.


All things considered, there are many options out there for animal lovers. No matter what kind of journey you want to embark on, you will definitely find something that you like around Sydney.

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