Sydney offers its visitors an unbelievably wide range of activities. There’s really no end to the opportunities for exploration. If you’re trying to find a theme for your vacation, however, consider taking a few days to explore Sydney’s wildlife. There are a number of attractions throughout the city that will both educate and enthrall you. Keep reading for details on the Sydney Taronga Zoo, Sydney Aquarium, and the Australian Reptile Park.
The Taronga Zoo is one of Australia’s most famous, with two others sharing that distinction: Steve Irwin’s Australian Zoo south of Brisbane and Dubbo’s Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Spread over 21 hectares alongside the Sydney Harbour, the Taronga Zoo holds thousands of animals that are sure to delight.
In its early days, the Zoo existed purely as an attraction for visitors. In 1967, however, moves were made to turn the Zoo into a center of research and education. To that end, new exhibits began being built, including Friendship Farm and an Education Center. Today, the Zoo is well known for its work in conservation, including efforts to breed endangered species such as Asian elephants.
The Zoo also offers unique programs, including the Roar and Snore. This package includes dinner, a safari through the Zoo, and accommodation in a two to three person tent. You’ll awaken to an empty (at least of people!) zoo, and all of the noises of a natural habitat. This really is a completely unique way to experience the Taronga Zoo.
Sydney Aquarium is widely regarded as one of the world’s best. Located right in Darling Harbour, more than 650 different species greet visitors. The most impressive of the exhibits here actually bring you into the aquarium inside of see-through, glass tunnels. Be amazed as sharks glide right past! In 2006, Sydney Wildlife World opened up right next to the aquarium. This indoor Zoo is completely air-conditioned, and features a variety of ecosystems, including a tropical rainforest and semi-arid grasslands.
The last gem in Sydney’s wildlife crown is the Australian Reptile Park. Besides being a major attraction and center of learning, the Reptile Park serves another key function: as the only zoo in Australia to milk venom from snakes, this center provides almost all of the anti-venom on the Continent! If there are members of your party who don’t quite fancy reptiles, there are other, more “cuddly” animals at the park, including koalas and kangaroos.
Each of these destinations provides a great chance for learning about the environment and ecology of Australia. Your entire family will appreciate the benefits of combining fun with education!
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