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5 Fun-Tastic Kid-Friendly Attractions in Sydney for Animal Lovers

Family viewing the zebras and giraffes from their Zoofari Lodge at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo.

Australia’s largest city is full of interesting things to do and places to visit. But there is more to it than just the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and all the insta-friendly cafes and restaurants. Here are five wonderful attractions to visit in Sydney if you love animals. 

1. Taronga Zoo

For a fun day out with the kids, Taronga Zoo is must-include in the itinerary. Alongside the usual animal encounters, there are also various free talks by animal keepers that you can check out. You can even go for a look inside the veterinary facility with the wildlife hospital tour.

If your Sydney trip coincides with the annual Vivid Sydney festival (May/June), expect fascinating art installations and light projections all over the zoo complex. Meanwhile for a more immersive experience, check out the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga, where guests can book hotel stays inside the zoo itself!

2. Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo

The Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo is the bigger and older sister of Taronga Zoo, both of which are managed by the Taronga Conservation Society. Located a five-hour drive from the Sydney city centre, the park is an awesome place for those looking to have an experience with large plain dwelling animals such as the African lions, Sumatran tigers, black rhinos, Asian elephants, meerkats and more.

There are also various free and paid activities for visitors here. With its open range design and concealed moats, the park may be the next best thing to actually visiting the African safaris.

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3. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Take a journey through Australia’s wide and varied aquatic habitats – from the Southern Rivers systems that make up the Murray Darling Basin to the colossal Great Barrier Reef in the north. As you walk underwater through over 100 metres of glass viewing tunnels, you’ll get a closer look at mesmerising marine life such as sharks, dugongs, turtles, stingrays, penguins, tropical fish and more.

Amongst other highlights here are the Penguin Expedition, Shark Valley, Dugong Island, Jurassic Seas, as well as the Shark Dive Extreme.

4. Australian Reptile Park

Just a one-hour drive north from the Sydney CBD is a large park that is home to a variety of reptiles including snakes, lizards, American alligators and crocodiles. Not only that, there are also Australian mammals such as wallabies, koalas, platypuses, wombats, bilbies, kangaroos, cassowaries, echidnas, dingoes and Tasmanian devils.

Reptile fans won’t want to miss the star attractions here, Elvis the Crocodile, which has been dubbed as ‘Australia’s crankiest crocodile’. Weighing five tonnes and measuring  five metres long, Elvis turned 52 in January this year. 

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5.Whale/Dolphin Watching Tour at Jervis Bay

Wanna see some of sea life’s most magnificent creatures? Let’s head out to Jervis Bay, where more than 60 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins call home. The calm waters here also make the area a perfect pit stop for whales on their 5,000-kilometre migration journey. The whales use the bay as a place to rest and play with their newborn calves.

You can also include nearby Shoalhaven in your day trip, as it is home to two fur seal colonies.

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Written by Irvin Hanni

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