Sydney Zoo is a fantastic day out for the whole tribe with plenty to see. The zoo is really easy to navigate and has nice wide, flat walkways which are great for little ones and families with prams and wheelchairs. With over 2000 animals to see, a visit to Sydney Zoo will always bring excitement for the whole tribe.
What is there to see and do at the zoo?
Sydney Zoo is a great place to take the kids with plenty to see throughout the day. The zoo is divided into continents, so you can explore the African animal section with lions, giraffes, hyenas, zebras and painted dogs, explore Asia with the elephants, meerkats, orangutans, tiger, red panda, and otters. You can stroll down Primate Boulevard where you’ll delight in seeing the playful chimpanzees, baboons, and spider monkeys, and then head into the aquarium where you’ll spy a resident crocodile, a variety of fresh water and saltwater fish as well as a bull shark. Finally, the Australian section showcases all of your favourite native animals from the wombats to the Tasmanian devils, wallabies, emus, koalas, bilbies, potoroos, possums, and more! There are nocturnal animals and reptiles in the same area, so there’s lots to see when you head inside these sections.
What kind of food is available?
There are a couple of food points throughout the zoo, including a few cafes and eateries. You can grab yourself a coffee and a sweet treat before you start the day at the entrance cafe if you like. The main cafe is the Boulevard cafe and eatery, with lots of food options from hot foods to sandwiches and sushi. There are plenty of tables in this area and you can see animals in nearby enclosures up close while they come to see what you’re eating.
There is also a smaller cafe near the tiger enclosure and one near the lion deck, so no matter where you are in the zoo, you’ll be able to sit and find a bite to eat.
There are water refill stations all over the zoo, so pack water bottles for the tribe because this is a great way to save some money and cut back on waste.
You can also pack food from home and bring it into the zoo, so if you’re not planning on staying for lunch, just pack some light snacks to nibble on while you venture around in the different zones.
How much does a visit to Sydney Zoo cost?
You have a couple of options for visiting Sydney Zoo. The most cost-effective if you plan to visit a couple of times is the annual membership pass. Essentially children are free if you pay for an adult annual membership, so if you have one adult membership, it will cost $109, if you have two adults, it’s $218. You can visit the zoo as many times as you like in the 12 month period, you just need to pre-register and let them know you’ll be visiting.
If you want to purchase individual tickets, you can use your Dine and Discover vouchers to get a discount, but a full-price family ticket (2A, 2C) is $119.96 if you purchase your tickets online. It is slightly more expensive if you purchase tickets at the gate, so be sure to look online before your visit.
What should I bring?
We always carry a backpack when we are navigating the zoo, with hats, sunscreen, water bottles and a few little snacks for the kids to munch on while we wander around. It’s also a good idea to bring face masks with you because depending on when you visit, you might be required to wear a face mask in the indoor areas. You won’t want to miss the aquarium, reptile, nocturnal animals and gift shop which are all indoors so carry some masks just in case. There is plenty of hand sanitiser stationed around the zoo, and the bins have foot pedals to help you avoid touching the handles of the bins.