The Best Animal Themed Adventures For Kids

  • Preschoolers
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By: Tamarin Vaughan, ellaslist explorer

Next time the kids are pacing the house like caged lions why not set off on a real animal adventure? Whether you want to come face to face with the King of the Jungle, meet some Australian legends or simply see some super cool sea life, there is an animal encounter for everyone in Sydney. Set off on your own animal safari with these animal-themed activities for kids!

Taronga Zoo

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!

Location: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman
More information here.

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.

Location: 31 Darling St, Abbotsbury
More information here.

Sydney Zoo

The city will soon be home to the first major zoo to open in 100 years as we get ready to embrace all things wild, untamed and animalistic at the brand new Sydney Zoo. While Sydney Zoo are still remaining tight-lipped about an actual opening date, we do know that it will be in 2019 and that animals have already started arriving at the impressive (and huge!) facility in Western Sydney. Get ready to get up close and personal with lions, orangutans, tigers, leopards, rhinos and over 2,000 other native and exotic animals.

Location: 700 Great Western Highway, Bungarribee
More information here

Symbio Wildlife Park

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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 is growing! Recent developments include a new koala breeding sanctuary, a new reptile house, a new covered picnic area AND a brand new massive splash park! You won't want to miss this cool spot in summer.

Location: 7-11 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Helensburgh
More information here.

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!

Location: Darling Harbour 
More information here.

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.

Location: 69 Pacific Hwy, Somersby
More information here.

Featherdale Wildlife Park

If your little one is obsessed with koala bears and has dreams of feeding them, plan a trip to Featherdale Wildlife Park asap! Specialising in native Australian birds and furry friends, Featherdale Wildlife Park is THE place to see, feed and maybe even pet koalas in Sydney. Kangaroos, wallabies, farmyard animals, reptiles and birds are other native friends waiting to say hello at Featherdale Wildlife Park.

Location: 217 Kildare Rd, Doonside
More information here.

Golden Ridge Animal Farm

Supplying 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. 

Location: 686 Old Northern Rd, Dural 
More information here.


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