Best Animal Activities and Petting Zoos in Sydney

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Big, small, furry, scaly, slimy, sweet and scary - our animal sanctuaries have them all. Make some furry friends and discover some fascinating new places with our pick of the top nine animal activities and petting zoos across Sydney!

The Best Animal Activities and Petting Zoos in Sydney

1. Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park

Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park is one of the best Animal Activities And Petting Zoos In Sydney
Featherdale in Sydney's west is a haven for wildlife lovers!

The serene natural bush surroundings at Featherdale are home to the largest collection of native animals in the world. Behold 2,200 animals as you make your way around Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park. They encourage hands-on animal experiences where you can cuddle a koala or baby dingo, and hand-feed kangaroos, emus and wallabies. Visit the Ghost Bat & Bilby Nocturnal Exhibit, Farmyard Nursery, Reptilian Pavilion, a diverse range of birds plus Tasmanian devils, dingos, echidnas, wombats, little penguins and much more.

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2. Mogo Wildlife Park

Mogo Wildlife Park
Get ready for a close encounter with wild animals at Mogo Wildlife Park.

Mogo Wildlife Park is all about ensuring visitors really get to know their amazing collection of exotic animals. They offer unforgettable Up Close & Personal encounters where you can play with meerkats, feed a lion, sit with squirrel monkeys or hang out with African servals. They also house Australia's largest collection of primates, and the Savannah plains are the abode of resident zebras, rhinos and giraffes. 

3. 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 in. 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!

4. Hunter Valley Wildlife Park

Hunter Valley Wildlife Park
Playtime with Zookeeper Chad at Hunter Valley Wildlife Park.

Hunter Valley Zoo Wildlife Park is a serene outdoor sanctuary that not only boasts a diverse collection of creatures from across the globe but it gives animal lovers the opportunity to engage and interact with them more closely than ever before. Take an adventure to the heart of NSW's beautiful wine country to experience hand-feeding animals and up-close interactions with the amazing wildlife. Plus, kids will love Hunter Valley Wildlife Park’s fun animal passport! They can explore the park and get ‘stamps’ as they meet all their favourite furry friends.

5. Golden Ridge 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, 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. 

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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, 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. 

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