Here’s a throwback post for you, all the way back to summer 2011 when I spent 6 weeks in Australia. Like most others traveling to this amazing continent, I was determined not to leave without meeting both a kangaroo and a koala.
I know that, rationally speaking, I would have been able to have these experiences in another location if I was not successful this time around. But I wanted to see a koala and kangaroo in Australia–it just felt special somehow.
Thankfully, you don’t need to go all the way to the outback to have your animal encounter. There’s a place smack dab in the middle of Sydney that will allow you to do both–the Wild Life Sydney Zoo. Its metropolitan location in Darling Harbour is central and perfect for travelers on a budget.
The zoo houses a variety of animals, from boa constrictors to butterflies. They also have indigenous animals, like a wallaby and the most dangerous spider in the world.
* Note, every animal, insect or reptile in Australia is the most dangerous in the world. It’s a marvel anyones lives past infancy with so much danger lurking here.
As far as inner city zoos go, this one spectacular. There are many different activities for families and older travelers alike, but the real highlight is the koala experience.
Located on the rooftop of the building, guests get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures. It’s slightly intimidating to be around one in real life (especially if you’ve ever seen YouTube videos of koalas when angry) so it was nice to have a guide facilitating the interaction. Pictures were taken and provided in high resolution afterwards for a price. Today, I believe the experience includes breakfast.
They were so soft! And so cuddly! You’re not supposed to call them koala bears because they’re marsupials, but I can see why so many people have the urge to–they look just like teddy bears.
After I made this dream come true, I headed straight for the kangaroo area. At the time, there were limited viewings a day and you had to have a lottery ticket, so I camped out for about an hour, talked to all the staff and managed to snag a ticket.
There I was, the sole 5’2″ adult in a single file line of children set to pet the kangaroos, with a smile bigger than all of them. And while my kangaroo didn’t look up to take a good shot, I figured it was best to just let him enjoy his lunch.
Overall, my day at the Sydney Wild Life Zoo was one I will never forget, and worth the visit. I highly recommend passing by facility if you’re ever in the Sydney area.
I hope you found this post helpful and that you too can have your own koala/kangaroo introduction!
Have you had an Australian wildlife adventure? Feel free to share below.