Animal Activities and Petting Zoos in Sydney & Beyond

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Big, small, furry, scaly, slimy, sweet and scary... whichever way you like your animals, the many sanctuaries, zoos, petting farms and animal activities in Sydney make getting out of the house and up close to these beautiful critters easy.

Make some furry friends and discover some fascinating new places with our pick of the top nine animal activities and petting zoos in Sydney!

Animal Activities and Petting Zoos in Sydney

1. The Australian Reptile Park

Australian Reptile Park
It's reptiles, reptiles, and more reptiles at The Australian Reptile Park.


The Australian Reptile Park has a HUGE crocodile enclosure, roving kangaroos, a lost world of reptiles and a spider world, plus wombats, giant turtles, koalas and more.

It is a great large space perfect for kids to run around and explore. The picnic tables in the sun are very inviting, and the playground is almost as huge as the crocodile enclosure and lots of fun. It's worth the drive from Sydney for a great day out!

Location: Pacific Hwy, Somersby

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2. Golden Ridge Animal Farm

Golden Ridge
Sydney's cutest farmyard animals are waiting to meet you at Golden Ridge Farm.


Get up close and personal with the cutest farm animals and meet baby chickens, ducklings and rabbits at Golden Ridge Animal Farm

Enter their 'Open Paddock' for a hands-on and interactive farm experience where you can go in with the baby lambs and goats for some up-close interaction and even bottle-feed your little furry friends. 

Location: 686 Old Northern Rd, Dural 

3. Sydney Zoo

Sydney Zoo
Check out the lions plus 100 other exotic animals at the new Sydney Zoo.


The newest animal-filled wonderland in Sydney is the ginormous Sydney Zoo, a wonder for little eyes and animal lovers.

The kids will feel like they're embarking on a real African safari as they visit roaring lions and elephants, or they can get up close with some Asian animals like tigers - whichever animals tickle their fancy, they're sure to find them among the 100 exotic and native species and five themed precincts!

Location: 700 Great Western Highway, Bungarribee

4. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
Go deep under the sea and face-to-face with turtles and other sea life in Sydney.


For a big adventure, the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour is excellent, and right now, you can get up close with the Great Barrier Reef in the aquarium's new exhibit. You'll see beautiful dugongs, huge sharks, massive sawfish, mysterious stingrays, jellyfish, penguins, seahorses, thousands of tropical fish and much, much more.

Location: Darling Harbour - 1-5 Wheat Rd, Sydney

5. WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo

Wildlife Sydney Zoo
While at Darling Harbour, cuddle a koala at Wildlife Sydney Zoo.


If you venture into the Darling Harbour aquarium, it’s worth combining it with a trip to the neighbouring Wildlife Sydney Zoo.

There are a lot of Australian animals to see, and it is a well-designed space that is easy to navigate. The butterfly enclosure is a special place, and they offer a unique Koala Photo Experience on the beautiful open-air rooftop.

Location: Darling Harbour - 1-5 Wheat Rd, Sydney

6. Calmsley Hill City Farm

Calmsley Hill City Farm
Are the kids keen to feed and pet farm animals in Sydney? Calmsley Hill is calling!


If you love cute, furry, fluffy animals and want to pat them, make your way out to this farm!

Calmsley Hill City Farm always have new arrivals, including rabbits, chicks, lambs, geese, calves, and piglets and you can get up close and personal at this friendly farmyard.

There are also lots of big animals you can visit too, including horses, camels, cows (you can milk them!) and kangaroos. 

Location: 31 Darling St, Abbotsbury

7. Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo
Sydney's Taronga Zoo is Australia's largest zoo and home to over 4,000 animals


If your kids are captivated by all things that slither, hop, crawl, and stampede then you can’t go past Taronga Zoo.

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Located a short but scenic 12-minute ferry trip from the city, Taronga Zoo boasts over 4,000 creatures and plenty of zookeeper talks, tours, and special events to entertain young and old. For an additional fee, you can try your hand at the Wild Ropes (for ages 10+, pre-booking is recommended) or have an animal encounter and take home the photo as proof! 

Location: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman

8. Symbio Wildlife Park

Animal activities in Sydney
Symbio Wildlife Park


If you love kangaroos, you're going to love meeting the many (many!) friendly ones at Symbio Wildlife Park.

Koalas, kangaroos, wombats, possums, cheetahs, lemurs, red pandas, meerkats, monkeys, and so many more call Symbio Wildlife Park their home, and you can visit them any day you like! 

Symbio Wildlife Park is located in Helensburgh on 14 acres of beautiful farmlands, which includes adorable animal petting stations and even a huge water splash park!

Location: 7-11 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Helensburgh

9. Central Coast Zoo

Central Coast Zoo
Central Coast Zoo


I bet you didn't know there is a zoo on the Central Coast?!

While not as large as your traditional zoos, the Central Coast Zoo is still a fantastic experience for little ones who can't get enough of wild animals. 

Central Coast Zoo is located within the grounds of Amazement Farm & Fun Park, so you get a two-for-one deal when visiting Amazement (if you haven't yet, you're going to love it!). Booking an encounter through Central Coast Zoo includes admission and access to Amazement and its facilities, shows, rides and animals. Visitors to the zoo aren't allowed to wander through the grounds freely but instead are taken on a tour of the zoo as part of your tickets to Amazement Farm. You can also book private animal encounters at the zoo if you're after a more intimate experience.

Location: 170 Yarramalong Rd, Wyong Creek

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