Sydney has so many fantastic animal experiences available for its residents. Some are very well known (such as Taronga Zoo), and others are a little more obscure. Take a read of this comprehensive list to see what experience is closest to you.
This would be Sydney's premier animal attraction. The stunning location, world class facilities, as well as a huge selection of animals big and small, make this one of Sydney's most popular tourist experiences.
Just over an hour's drive from the centre of Sydney, this hands on zoo is the perfect way to see animals of all shapes and sizes. From cute lemurs, to baby piglets, there's a big selection of animals to see.
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What: Animals from the wild as well as farm animals
Where: 7/11 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Helensburgh NSW
Tel: 02 4294 1244
When: Every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am
This is another awesome hands on farm experience, that is very popular with school excursions. You can go on a tractor ride, milk a cow and learn how to crack a whip. There's even camping available on weekends!
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What: Farm animals
Where: 31 Darling St, Abbotsbury NSW
Tel: 02 9823 3222
When: Open 7 days a week from 9am (closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, NYE, New Years Day & Good Friday)
At this historic farm, you can feed some farm animals, as well as wander around the old farm buildings. During the school holidays there are special activities just for kids, where they can learn what it was like to live on a farm in the olden days.
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What: Cows, horses, sheep & chooks
Where: 356 Annangrove Rd, Rouse Hill NSW
Tel: 02 9627 6777
When: Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm
A few well fed sheep live at Bella Vista Farm. You can walk around the edge of the farm, and see the sheep any day of the week. On the first Sunday of each month they have an open day, where you can actually have a proper guided tour of the homestead and farm.
Where: Cnr Norwest Blvd & Elizabeth MacArthur Dr, Bella Vista NSW
Tel: 02 9843 0555
Famous for Kevin Bacon (a pig), this amazing cafe is also like a mini farm in the middle of the inner city. There's also chooks, a goat, and a cheeky bird to get up close and personal with. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am you can feed the animals.
What: A pig, goat and fluffy chooks
Where: 2 Huntley St, Alexandria
When: Every day (except Christmas Day) from 7am
On Sunday afternoons you will find a snake man here, who has quite a few snakes that you can touch (if you dare). He will tell you all about these slithery creatures, and you can ask as many questions as you want.
This is a nice big pet store that sells all sorts of animals for you to take home and care for. You can wander around and look at all of the animals any time you want, and the staff are happy for you to touch some of the pets (such as snakes), as long as you ask first. They also run classes showing you how to care for pets, and during the school holidays, they also host activities for kids to get to know more about animals.
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What: All sorts of small pet animals
Where: Cnr Milcroft Way & Windsor Rd Kellyville, NSW
Tel: 02 9629 3282
When: 7 days a week from
The iconic Sydney Royal Easter Show, is a showcase event where farmers and breeders from all around NSW, come to town to show off their magnificient farm animals. Held in April every year, you can see all of the prize winning animals, as well as visit the farmyard nursery.
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What: Prize winning animals plus animal nursery
Where: Sydney Olympic Park
Tel: 02 9704 1111
When: April each year
In operation since 1930, this is one of Sydney's oldest animal experiences. It's not as modern as most of the other venues listed here, but still receives quite a few visitors each year to see its koalas and other native animals.
Image Credit: Koala Park
What: Koalas, wombats and dingoes
Where: 84 Castle Rd, West Pennant Hills, NSW
Tel: 02 94843141
When: Every day (except Christmas Day) from 9am
Some other places where you can see farm animals in Sydney (mainly on special event days), include:
All ages are covered with heaps of FREE and affordable activities that span from action-packed to quiet, indoor and outdoor activities lasting a couple of hours to a whole day and longer running camps.
Christmas Wonderland promises to be the ultimate family day out with a single entry fee giving you access to unlimited rides, unlimited ice skating and snow play, Christmas activities and shows, themed Christmas walkthroughs and magical light displays.