Sydney Safaris & wildlife activities

Our most recommended Sydney Safaris & wildlife activities

Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

1. Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

Experience the most fun way to travel to Taronga Zoo and save money with a return ticket on the rocket ferry Circular Quay. Once inside the zoo, take in as many of the exhibits as you like at your own pace. Explore 10 themed areas, including Wild Australia, Wild Asia and the Great Southern Oceans. Hear talks by the zookeepers and go to interactive shows, such as the free bird show and free seal show. See native Australian animals, including koala and platypus, along with creatures from around the world such as Asian elephants, lions and giraffe. Grab some lunch at one of the many cafés, or take your own picnic and find a nice spot in the shade. Once you've had your animal fix for the day, head back to the dock and get some amazing views of Sydney on the cruise back to Circular Quay.

Sydney: Taronga Zoo Ticket with Return Ferry & Cable Car

2. Sydney: Taronga Zoo Ticket with Return Ferry & Cable Car

Pre-book your entrance ticket to the Taronga Zoo with access to Sky Safari Cable Car and meet hundreds of remarkable species of animals from around the world. Enjoy the benefit of a ferry return ticket from Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, or Watsons Bay. Nestled on the shores of one of the most beautiful harbors in the world, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and is home to over 4,000 animals. Explore the Australian native wildlife as well as rare and endangered exotic animals. See tigers, elephants, exotic birds, and many other species of animals. Spend a fun-filled day out with your family in one of the most famous attractions of Sydney. 

From Sydney: Blue Mountains Nature and Wildlife Tour

3. From Sydney: Blue Mountains Nature and Wildlife Tour

Depart Sydney and journey in a comfortable coach to the heart of the Blue Mountains, named for the blue tinge the mountain range takes on when viewed from a distance. Enjoy a guided bushwalk off the beaten track to a spectacular lookout, before exploring a mountain village at lunchtime. Visit Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney's leading animal attraction, where you can see a koala, feed kangaroos, and see other indigenous creatures such as wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Black-Breasted Buzzards and many more. Then, explore the Blue Mountains National Park on a guided bushwalk. See amazing waterfalls and rainforest flora, and discover secluded lookouts. Go to the Three Sisters rock formation, towering across the Jamison Valley at Katoomba. Return to the city in the comfort of your tour vehicle after a great day exploring the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

Blue Mountains: Scenic World and Featherdale Wildlife Park

4. Blue Mountains: Scenic World and Featherdale Wildlife Park

Spend the day exploring the Blue Mountains on this day trip from Sydney. Get picked up from your hotel and head to the Blue Mountains. Begin the day with exciting commentary from your expert guide. Hear the stories about Australia's convict beginnings to modern Australia. Before you know it you will be enjoying breakfast in the Blue Mountains surrounded by locals. Ride on the world's steepest railway at Scenic World and see the magnificent Three Sisters surrounded by the Jamison Valley. Admire stunning cliff faces, waterfalls, and hiking trails. Following lunch, visit the largest collection of Australian animals in the world. Feed kangaroos and have your photo taken with a koala when you visit Featherdale Wildlife Park. At the end of the day, get dropped off at your hotel.

Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

5. Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

Overlooking magnificent Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and offers amazing wildlife experiences with stunning harbor views. Nestled on the shores of the world's most beautiful harbor, Taronga Zoo is surrounded by lush bushland of Bradley's Head National Park, popular for early morning walks. Ferries depart from Circular Quay every 30 minutes. The Zoo has many popular trails to explore including the Australian Walkabout, Kids' Trail, Reptile World, African Safari, Big Cats' Trail, Rainforest Trail, Seal Walk, Seals for the Wild, and the iconic must-see Free Flight Birds presentations. Zoo entry includes limited keeper talks, presentations, and access to the Sky Safari cable car. The many exhibits in Taronga Zoo can be reached by footpaths, ramps, lifts and escalators. 90% of Taronga Zoo is fully accessible. Strollers can be hired from the Visitor Information Desk in the main entrance at a small fee and manual wheelchairs can be rented for free and should be booked in advance.

Sydney: Blue Mountains Afternoon and Sunset Tour

6. Sydney: Blue Mountains Afternoon and Sunset Tour

After a lazy start to your morning in Sydney, embark upon a truly special day in one of the most spectacular world heritage listed national parks, the Blue Mountains. You will leave the hustle and bustle of the Sydney metropolis and avoid the peak hour traffic, driving west towards the national park. Once there, you will explore the Blue Mountains National Park, with the regular tourist buses long gone, you will be left alone to soak in the golden hours before sunset. On your Blue Mountains tour, you will learn all about the native flora and fauna as well as the indigenous people of the Blue Mountains. Upon arriving in the Blue Mountains, you will commence an awe-inspiring scenic bush walk overlooking the breathtaking Jamison Valley. You will make your way to a sensational lookout across one of the most remarkable waterfalls in Australia, Wentworth Falls. Late in the afternoon, you will arrive at one of the perfect lookouts chosen by your experienced tour guide. This is where you will have a closer look at the iconic Three Sisters sandstone formation. You can enjoy your Blue Mountains sunset whilst overlooking amazing views of Jamison Valley, Mount Solitary, the Ruined Castle, and Narrow Neck Plateau. Your guide will take you to some terrific vantage points, allowing for the perfect sunset photo opportunities.

From Sydney: Blue Mountains Deluxe Minivan Group Tour

7. From Sydney: Blue Mountains Deluxe Minivan Group Tour

Embark on a guided trip to the Blue Mountains on a full-day minivan tour from Sydney. Visit multiple lookouts and take in the views of Jamison Valley. Ride the world's steepest railway and visit Sydney Zoo. Your first port of call will be at Echo Point, where you will have the closest and best view of the Three Sisters. Witness the blue haze and the vast expanse of the Jamison Valley, and experience for yourself the raw magic the Blue Mountains create. Next, visit Scenic World and dare yourself to ride the steepest railway in the world. The trains drive down with an incline of 52-64 degrees, but the views from the top are also spectacular. The Scenic Cableway & Skyway offers magnificent views of the Three Sisters and the Valley. After, visit the quaint village of Leura. Explore the boutique store and enjoy lunch at one of the cafes or restaurants (at your own expense). On the way back to Sydney, venture to the Western Plains to visit Sydney Zoo — Sydney’s ultimate wildlife experience. See a koala or a wallaby with an amazing nocturnal enclosure of Australian mammals and reptiles. Sydney Zoo not only provides a huge range of Australian animals but also animals from all over the world. Your trip to Sydney is not complete without a ferry ride on the Parramatta River to Circular Quay. Travel under the Harbour Bridge and past the Opera House before disembarking at Circular Quay where your tour will conclude in the late afternoon.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

8. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Enjoy a visit to the Sydney Aquarium to see huge sharks, stingrays, turtles, jellyfish, platypuses, penguins, sea dragons, and much, much more! Marvel at the sawfish swimming amongst tropical fish and sleek sharks in the enormous Great Barrier Reef display. Be delighted by little penguins in the Southern Oceans, or look out for the secretive platypus in the Southern Rivers. See the enormous Japanese Spider Crabs in the CLAWS creature feature, watch as the dugongs feed, then find Nemo in his coral home!

Manly and Shelly Beach Snorkeling Tour

9. Manly and Shelly Beach Snorkeling Tour

Get back to nature and snorkel with the marine life off the coast of Sydney on an advanced eco-tourism adventure in Manly. Benefit from the services of a local guide and explore in a small group for a more intimate and personalized experience. Hear what native creatures you need to keep a look out for, and learn more about the natural environment. Get interesting interpretations about the heritage and culture of Sydney on a nature walk with panoramic views of the Northern Beaches. Cool off in the clear waters of Shelly Beach. Be amazed by the diverse wildlife that lives in the sea grass meadows and rocky reefs of the protected Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve.

Sydney: Blue Mountains & Wildlife Park with River Cruise

10. Sydney: Blue Mountains & Wildlife Park with River Cruise

After being collected from your central Sydney accommodation, head out of town to see koalas and feed kangaroos. Meet all your favorite Australian animals in an outdoor bush setting at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Then head out to the Blue Mountains for the day. Admire the stunning scenic lookouts and amazing views of the famous mountains of Australia. This tour is ideal for participants wanting short guided bush walks to beautiful lookouts and famous landmarks. Traveling with an experienced guide, explore off-the-beaten-track routes away from the regular crowds. Get the chance of fantastic photographic opportunities as you encounter renowned Australian flora and fauna. Later, choose to swim under a waterfall and check out some of the best lookouts on the wild side of the national park. At the end of the tour, enjoy a relaxing and scenic cruise back to Sydney harbor along the Parramatta river.

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based on 131 reviews

The trip was exactly as described and expected. Steve does a great job to bring humor and entertainment, with plenty of jokes thrown in between the short, but interesting information on the sites we were passing/visiting. The bush walk was fairly short and done as an alternative to scenic rides. It still had nice views and was a time well spent. Hint - be ready for a bit of mud on the path, especially after heavy rains. Good shoes help a lot

Best experience the whole family enjoyed it from the moment we got on the ferry until we got off. Zoo was fantastic with spectacular views and loved the sky safari, then harbour cruise was wonderful seeing all the sites

I had such a great time on this tour! Thank you so much for a wonderful experience, I truly feel like I got to experience Sydney from a great perspective!

Was such a great day, more than enough tasty food and plenty oglf room and opportunities for all passengers to view the whales!

Great day out, great variety of animals and good facilities