We got a very warm welcome today from Western Sydney’s very own ZOO, that’s opening this Saturday 7th December. Here we share our sneak peak of Sydney Zoo with you!
Keep in mind that only about half the animals were out for us to see and some of the areas were still being constructed or having finishing touches made. So this isn’t yet a full review of Sydney Zoo but does give a nice preview!
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We think Sydney Zoo is a great complement to Sydney’s other animal experiences. And like a Sydney Wildlife Zoo meets (mini) Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
We like the openness of the zoo, easy vantage points (so kids can easily see), friendly staff, the fact that it isn’t huge and incorporation of Aboriginal culture and knowledge. Plus the fun Bungarribee Park playground is right next door.
The meerkats, lions, zebras and reptile enclosure were our favs today.
Plus the zebra chair, animal statues and garbage bins were other fun highlights for the kids. Couldn’t stop laughing that there are all these great animals to see and my kids are memorised by the foot opening garbage bins! 😉
There are five animal precincts, with the animals grouped together mostly by where they come from as well as the type of animal. The precincts are Australian (including nocturnal and reptile house), Africa, Asia, Primates and Aquarium.
Now unfortunately a fair few animals weren’t out today for us to see. So we’re looking forward to going back, particularly to see the crocodile, bull shark, tigers, elephants and orangutans.
Plus some of the areas that were still be constructed today, like the kids zone and zoo.
Our big advice is to wear sunglasses 😎 and a hat! There’s a lot of glare off the path and it gets very hot wandering around.
Thankfully there are misting areas and some shaded seats every so often. Hopefully with time, there’ll be a lot more shade along the paths.
Sydney Zoo is pretty flat and has pram friendly wide paths. Actually, there are no stairs in the zoo!
There are toilets in four of the five precincts/ animal areas. And the family bathroom that we used in the main building was lovely. Also dotted around the zoo are water refill stations so remember your reusable water bottle.
Within Sydney Zoo, you’ll find three cafes – two small kiosk type ones and a larger cafeteria type one at the back. We were treated to a special Christmas lunch today so didn’t get to sample the actual menu. But it looks very reasonably priced and sounds yummy! Kids meals are $6.90 each and chips $4.90. Plus there are nice snacks (like rice paper rolls, hummus and vegetable sticks) and a good variety of options, from burgers to salad bowls.
On your way out, there’s a gift shop with plenty of cute animal toys, lots of other animal related games and items. Plus Sydney Zoo merchandise. Keep in mind that you have to go through the shop to exit – so be prepared for the kids wanting to buy up the shop!
We came as invited guests today, as part of a media preview of the zoo. Looking over the prices, the annual membership looks like the way to go for us locals. The family membership with one adult and up to two kids is $99. And for two adults and up to four kids $198. As long as you go twice a year, it’s cheaper to get an annual membership. And similar prices to Taronga Zoo memberships.
Keep in mind, tickets can ONLY BE PURCHASED ONLINE!
Sydney Zoo is only about 14km west of Parramatta. It’s near the intersection of the M4 and M7, next to Bungarribee Park. There’s free on-site parking. And you can also access it by bus from Blacktown and Mount Druitt train stations.
Places of Interest Nearby
- Bungarribee Park
- Eastern Creek Raceway
- Bunnings Blacktown
- Nurragingy Reserve