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Australian Reptile Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

Situated to the north of Sydney, The Australian Reptile Park and Wildlife Sanctuary houses a wide selection of Australian and exotic reptiles such as American alligators, tortoises and pythons are displayed, however there are also platypus, koalas, wombats, Tasmanian devils, echidnas, dingoes and kangaroos. Located at Somersby on the NSW Central Coast.

Taronga Zoo

Taronga Park, opened in 1916, is the major zoological gardens for the City of Sydney and the Sate o9f New South Wales. Located on the shores of Sydney Harbour in the suburb of Mosman, this zoo is home to over 2,600 animals on 21 hectares, making it one of the largest of its kind. With its panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline, the zoo is a "must see" for visitors to Sydney. Get there by car or by ferry from Circular Quay.

Calmsley Hill City Farm

Formerly the Fairfield City Farm, Calmsely Hill is a 580-acre working sheep and cattle farm in suburban Sydney. Great for families, activities include a Farmyard nursery where people can hold and feed farm animals, cow milking, a sheep shearing show, whip cracking show and working dog show.

Koala Park Sanctuary

Opened in 1930 in the northern suburb of West Pennant Hills, Koala Park was the first private koala sanctuary in NSW and was founded by the late Noel Burnet. The preservation of the koala is the main theme of the park, and it is one of the best places to see koalas up close and learn about them.


Embark on a thrilling 4-hour whale watching Sydney harbour cruise with the choice of either a hot breakfast or an impressive BBQ lunch, an experienced, fully-qualified crew and on-board marine biologist known for their knowledge and enthusiasm. The cruise's 21m catamaran is ideal for all sorts of weather conditions and has various viewing platforms that allow us to marvel at the beauty of these magnificent creatures.

Symbio Wildlife Park

One of Australia s fastest growing animal parks, Symbio Wildlife Park is just north of Wollongong, bordering Australia s World historic Royal National Park. Symbio is a family owned and operated park that focuses on Australian wildlife. Symbio occupies sixteen acres of bushland about 45 minutes south of Sydney. The park has free swimming pools for visitors to use, a kiosk and picnic facilities.

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park is situated on the outskirts of Sydney at Calga off the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway,, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park features over 180 species of Australian animals roaming free in the bush. Wuthin the grounds of the park are ancient Aboriginal sites which have been preserved and are the subject of guided tours offered to visitors.

Wirrimbirra Sanctuary

Located near Bargo, to the south-west of Sydney, Wirrimbirra Sanctuary is a 95 hectare property owned by the National Trust of Australia (NSW). The main focus of the Sanctuary is preserving what remains of the Bargo Brush, propagating and propagating Australian plants, and public education on Australian environmental issues. The Sanctuary has over 200 acres of preserved native bushland and is run by volunteers.

Featherdale Wildlife Park

Located in Sydney's western suburbs, the focus at Featherdale Wildlife Park is on interactivity with Australia's native fauna. It's about a 45 minute drive from the city in Sydney's Greater West (Doonside). All the expected animals are there - kangaroos, koalas, wombats, and emus, wallabies, dingoes, Tasmanian devils and more.

Sydney Sea Life Sanctuary

located at Darling Harbour a short walk from the city centre, Sydney Sea Life Sanctuary is one of the country's finest, displaying more than 650 species comprising more than 6,000 individual fish and other sea and water creatures from most of Australia's water habitats. Its key exhibits are a series of underwater, see-through, acrylic glass tunnels where sharks swim above visitors, and recreation of a Great Barrier Reef coral environment.

Sydney Wildlife World

Sydney Wildlife World is a mini zoo right in the heart of Sydney, located at Darling Harbour next to the Sydney Aquarium. Includes a large variety of Australian wildlife with over 100 different species of animals. The attraction won the Award for the best family-focused tourism at The Australian's 2007 Travel and Tourism Awards.

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