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Animal Experiences in Sydney

by Rebecca (follow)
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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.

Taronga Zoo - Mosman

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.

Featherdale Wildlife Park
Image Credit: Taronga Zoo

What: All animals!
Where: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW
Tel: 02 9969 2777
When: Everyday (except for Christmas Day) from 9.30am
More info: taronga.org.au/taronga-zoo

Wild Life Sydney Zoo - Darling Harbour

Located in the middle of Sydney's tourist strip of Darling Harbour, you can combine a visit here with a visit to the Aquarium, if you have the energy and money to do so.

Featherdale Wildlife Park
Image Credit: Wildlife Sydney

What: Mainly Aussie animals
Where: Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour NSW
Tel: 1800 206 158
When: Every day from 9.30am
More info: wildlifesydney.com.au

SEA Life Aquarium - Darling Harbour

With a dazzling array of marine life, and a brand new penguin exhibition where you can ride on a raft through the penguins home, this is most definitely one of Sydney's best animal experiences.

Australiana Pioneer Village Wilberforce
Image Credit: Sea Life Aquarium

What: Fish, sharks, penguins and more
Where: 1-5 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour NSW
Tel: 1800199657
When: Open every day from 9.30am
More info: sydneyaquarium.com.au

Many Sea Life Sanctuary - Manly

Located in beautiful Manly, this is a great place to see creatures who live in the water, both big and small. And if you dare, you can even swim with sharks!

Manly Sealife Aquarium
Image Credit: Manly Sealife Sanctuary

What: Sea creatures
Where: West Esplanade, Manly NSW
Tel: 1800199742
When: Every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am
More info: manlysealifesanctuary.com.au

Featherdale Wildlife Park - Doonside

Featherdale Park is one of Sydney's best hands on experiences with animals, that's for sure. All sorts of native Aussie animals live here. They host birthday parties and have a cafe on site as well.

Featherdale Wildlife Park
Image Credit: Featherdale

What: Aussie animals big and small
Where: 217-229 Kildare Rd, Doonside NSW
Tel: 02 96221644
When: Every day (except Christmas Day) from 9am
More info: featherdale.com.au

Symbio Wildlife Park - Helensburgh

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.

Symbio Zoo
Image Credit: Symbio Zoo

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
More info: symbiozoo.com.au

Australian Reptile Park - Somersby

This park has it all - reptiles, mammals, amphibians, birds and creepy crawlies like spiders. Just a quick drive up the M1 freeway out of Sydney, this park makes a great day trip.

Australian Reptile Park
Image Credit: Aust. Reptile Park

What: Wildlife including Galapogos tortoises
Where: Pacific Hwy, Somersby NSW
Tel: 02 4340 1022
When: Every day (except Christmas Day) from 9am
More info: reptilepark.com.au

Golden Ridge Animal Farm - Dural

This cute farm in north west Sydney is famous for its 'Be A Farmer' days. Kids can cuddle and pat all sorts of baby farm animals, and also learn how a farm works.

Featherdale Wildlife Park
Image Credit: Golden Ridge

What: Farm animals big and small
Where: 686 Old Northern Rd, Dural NSW
Tel: 02 96511028
When: Open most days, but you must book in advance
More info: goldenridgeanimalfarm.com.au

Calmsley Hill City Farm - Abbotsbury

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!

Calmsley City Farm
Image Credit Calmsley Hill

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)
More info: calmsleyhill.com.au

Rouse Hill House & Farm - Rouse Hill

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.

Rouse Hill House & Farm
Image Credit: James Horan for SLM

What: Cows, horses, sheep & chooks
Where: 356 Annangrove Rd, Rouse Hill NSW
Tel: 02 9627 6777
When: Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm
More info: sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

Bella Vista Farm - Bella Vista

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.

Bella vista farm

What: Sheep
Where: Cnr Norwest Blvd & Elizabeth MacArthur Dr, Bella Vista NSW
Tel: 02 9843 0555
When: Everyday
More info: bellavistafarm.com.au

Australiana Pioneer Village

You can step back in time here, and wander the streets of an old pioneer village. Chooks also roam the streets, and down on the farm you can feed hairy coos (highland cows) and donkeys.

Australiana Pioneer Village Wilberforce

What: Donkeys, hairy cows, chooks and more
Where: Rose St, Wilberforce NSW
Tel: 02 4575 1777
When: Sundays, as well as school holidays
More info: heapv.org.au/village

Nancys Freedom Farm - Arcardia

You can feed the chooks, collect their eggs and cuddle baby goats at this working farm. Entry is $10.00 per person, kids under 4 are free.

Nancys Freedom Farm Arcardia
Image Credit: Nancys Freedom Farm

What: Chooks, baby goats & chickens
Where: 97 Arcardia Rd, Arcardia NSW
Tel: 0439404433
When: Selected times - call to book
More Info: facebook.com/nancysfreedomfarm

The Grounds - Alexandria

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.

Grounds Of Alexandria

What: A pig, goat and fluffy chooks
Where: 2 Huntley St, Alexandria
Tel: 0296992225
When: Every day (except Christmas Day) from 7am
More info: thegrounds.com.au

Snake Show - La Perouse

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.

Grounds Of Alexandria

What: Snakes!
Where: Snake Pit, Cann Park, La Perouse NSW
Tel: n/a
When: Most Sundays afternoons
More info: facebook.com/LaPerouseSnakeShow

Kellyville Pets - Kellyville

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.

Kellyville Pets
Image Credit: Kellyville Pets

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
More info: kellyvillepets.com.au

Central Gardens - Merrylands

This huge park has not only playgrounds and picnic facilites, but also quite a few different animal enclosures where you can see native Australian animals.

Central Gardens Merrylands
Image Credit: Cumberland Council

What: Aussie animals
Where: Cnr Cumberland Hwy & Merrylands Rd, Merrylands NSW
Tel: 02 9840 9840
When: 7 days a week
More info: holroyd.nsw.gov.au

New Leaf Nursery - Ingleside

This nursery has a free petting zoo every day. Kids get a bucket of feed to give to all of the animals too.

New Leaf Nursery Ingleside
Image Credit: New Leaf Nursery

What: Petting zoo & chooks
Where: 224 Powderworks Rd, INgleside NSW
Tel: 02 9913 3709
When: Open every day from 9am
More info: newleafnursery.com.au

Royal Easter Show

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.

Grounds Of Alexandria
Image Credit: Royal Easter Show

What: Prize winning animals plus animal nursery
Where: Sydney Olympic Park
Tel: 02 9704 1111
When: April each year
More info: eastershow.com.au

There are also Shows held at Blacktown, St Ives, Hawkesbury, Camden,

Koala Park Sanctuary - West Pennant Hills

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.

Koala Park
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
More info: www.koalapark-sanctuary.com

Some other places where you can see farm animals in Sydney (mainly on special event days), include:

Mowbray Park - Picton

Tobruk Sydney - Maroota

Belgenny Farm - Camden

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