The Best Animal Themed Adventures For Kids
Mums & Bubs
Next time the kids are pacing the house like caged lions why not take a real animal adventure? Whether you want to come face to face with the King of the Jungle, meet some Australian legends or see some super cool sea life, there is an animal encounter for everyone at these incredible wildlife sanctuaries.
If you're on the prowl for an exciting experience, set off on your own safari to one of the best animal-themed adventures for kids across Sydney.
Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park
If your little one is obsessed with koala bears and kangaroos, plan a trip to Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park! Dedicated to their huge family of native fauna, Featherdale has the world’s largest collection of Australian animals. Meet 2,200 animals across more than 330 different species and have real close-up encounters with furry friends you’ve only seen at a distance. Highlights include a Ghost Bat & Bilby Nocturnal Exhibit, Farmyard Nursery and Reptilian Pavilion, plus there's Tasmanian devils, dingos, echidnas, wombats, little penguins, a diverse range of birds and much more.
Where: 217 Kildare Rd, Doonside
If your kids are captivated by all things that slither, hop, crawl and stampede then you can’t go past Taronga Zoo. 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! A day at the zoo can be a strain on little legs so you may want to pack the pram for little ones.
Where: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman
Calmsley Hill City Farm
Bring ‘Old MacDonald’s Farm’ to life on a trip to Calmsley Hill City Farm. Located in Abbotsbury, approximately 40 minutes from the city, the farm gives kids the opportunity to experience life on a working farm for the day. Learn how to milk a cow, take a ride on the tractor and feed the animals in the Farmyard Nursery. Bring a picnic lunch or take advantage of the free electric BBQ facilities. Calmsley Hill City Farm is the perfect farm experience for all ages and they even offer special birthday party packages.
Where: 31 Darling St, Abbotsbury
The first major zoo to be launched in 100 years, the new Sydney Zoo is now open and ready to embrace all things wild. Get ready to get up close and personal with lions, orangutans, tigers, leopards and over 2,000 other native and exotic animals in a safari-inspired atmosphere. There are five distinct precincts Aquarium, Asia, Africa and Primate Boulevard, plus Australia which is home to roaming kangaroos and emu's, and the country’s largest reptile and nocturnal animal house.
Where: 700 Great Western Highway, Bungarribee
Symbio Wildlife Park
Just 45 minutes south of Sydney in a beautiful natural bushland setting, you’ll find Symbio Wildlife Park, a smaller, more intimate zoo experience. Animal highlights include getting up close and personal with their wallabies, red pandas, lemurs, meerkats, reptiles and koalas. Make sure you check out their daily zookeeper presentations and feeding times at various animal enclosures. Symbio Wildlife includes a koala breeding sanctuary, a reptile house, a covered picnic area and a massive splash park!
Where: 7-11 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Helensburgh
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
If sea creatures are more your scene then scoot on over to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour. The aquarium houses over 12,000 animals from sharks to sea anemones and everything in between. Walk through the underwater glass viewing tunnels as sharks, rays and turtles swim serenely overhead. Book your tickets online to snare a discount and make sure you check out their events calendar to see what exciting shows they've got coming up!
Where: Darling Harbour, Sydney CBD
Australian Reptile Park
Not for the faint of heart, the Australian Reptile Park is home to many of the venomous creatures that Australia is famous for! Where else can you see funnel-web spider and venomous snake milkings? Or come face-to-face with a very cranky crocodile? The kids will love the thrill of getting up close to some fearsome fauna, and there are plenty of furry and feathered friends to see too. The park also has a great reptilian themed adventure playground where the kids can burn off some energy before the drive home.
Where: 69 Pacific Hwy, Somersby
Golden Ridge Animal Farm
Boasting a cute and cuddly farmyard atmosphere for over 40 years, Golden Ridge Animal Farm is the perfect spot for little ones to see, feed and maybe even pet farmyard animals in Sydney. Cows, horses, mice, ducks, sheep, pigs - whichever farmyard animal your little one has their heart set on meeting, you'll find it at Golden Ridge Animal Farm. There is a kiosk open on weekends and school holidays, selling espresso coffees for those early-morning risers.
Where: 686 Old Northern Rd, Dural
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