Zoos and Aquariums
Jump on a ferry and enjoy the picturesque harbour views, before spending an afternoon wandering Taronga Zoo with family or friends. It takes about 12 minutes to get there from the city, but you’ll want to allocate a whole afternoon to catch all the free shows and animals on display. Say hello to the locals – koalas, kangaroos, and all manner of Australian snakes and creepy crawlies – or pop down to see the elephants, lemurs, leopard seals and gorillas, it’s up to you! After you’ve had your fill of the wildlife, you can grab a bite to eat or peruse the zoo shop. Where: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088 Phone: 02 9969 2777 Website: http://taronga.org.au/taronga-zoo Contributed by Cambridge Hotel
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium houses over 12,000 animals including sharks, dugongs, turtles, stingrays, penguins, platypuses, tropical fish and much, much more. There is plenty of entertainment for the whole family – walk with the sharks in the eerie underwater exhibit, play with the dugong or pat a starfish. It will take you an hour or two to view all the exhibits, and there is plenty of opportunity to interact along the way. Family tickets start from $79, and they offer a great discount for online bookings. Where: 1-5 Wheat Rd, Sydney NSW 2000 Phone: 02 8251 7800 Website: http://www.sydneyaquarium.com.au/ Contributed by: Cambridge Hotel
Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s exceptional underwater wildlife? Well, the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary will take you there. Unlike larger aquariums, the smaller displays and quaintness of the venue means that visitors can spend lots of time gazing at Nemo and Dory, learning about the rise of the reptile and interacting with the touch tanks. Additional to conventional aquarium features such as African Cichlids, Tropical Reef Fish and Australian Native tanks, there is also a Penguin Cove, Shark Dive experience and Sea Turtle Rescue habitat. Located right near the Manly Ferry Wharf, the sanctuary makes for a perfect daytrip from Circular Quay.
Where: West Esplanade, Manly
Image: Manly Sea Life Sanctuary