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Wildlife Retreat at Taronga Zoo Sydney 2 Days Experience: Animal View Room

  • Sydney
  • English
  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • 24 Working Hours Confirmation

Standard Inclusions

  • 1. Sanctuary tour
  • 2. Dinner at Me-Gal restaurant
  • 3. Morning tour
  • 4. Buffet breakfast
  • 5. Complimentary access to Taronga Zoo Sydney
From AUD
$580.00

1 Key Facts

Included

  • 1. Sanctuary tour
  • 2. Dinner at Me-Gal restaurant
  • 3. Morning tour
  • 4. Buffet breakfast
  • 5. Complimentary access to Taronga Zoo Sydney

Not included

  • 1. Transport from/to hotels
  • 2. Food & beverages not listed as Inclusions
  • 3. Souvenirs
  • 4. Travel Insurance
  • 5. Any optional extra items (including but not limited to rides / shows / encounters / experiences / photo packages) that are not included in the standard admission. All optional extra items are at own expense.
Destination Sydney
Address 2 Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088
How to get there ● By Public Transport
- Ferry
Catch the Taronga Zoo ferry from Circular Quay then hop on the 238 bus up the hill to the Wildlife Retreat entrance

- Bus
From Central, Town Hall or Wynyard trains stations in central Sydney, catch the red M30 Metro Bus all the way to Taronga Zoo. The bus leaves for Taronga every 10 - 15 minutes.

- Please check the Transport NSW timetables (https://transportnsw.info/) for more details to plan your trip.

● By Car
Located approximately 22km north of Sydney Airport, takes about 40 minutes; approximately 12km north of Sydney Central, takes about 25 minutes.
What to bring/wear ● Small overnight bag with personal towel & toiletries. No toothbrush, toothpaste, or slippers provided
● Appropriate clothing for all weather conditions, eg. jacket for cooler months.
● Comfortable enclosed walking shoes
● Protective clothing, hat, sunscreen lotion, and sunglasses
● Water bottle, Snacks
● Umbrella / raincoat if rains
● Insect repellent
● Camera
● Money / credit card for optional purchases
Other info ● Infants are free of charge. Cots can be provided at no cost. No food and beverage is provided. Guests can supply their own meals for infants or meals can be purchased at an additional cost

● Child rates are for 4-17 year olds sharing a single room with adults, using existing bedding. These rates include children’s meals for dinner and breakfast.

● Child ages must be provided at time of booking.

● Interconnecting rooms available on request and subject to availability.

● Sustainable amenities, complimentary Wi-Fi and high definition flat-screen televisions in all rooms and suites.

● Standard bedding is one King size bed, however twin single bed configuration is also available on request

● Check in at 14:00; Check out at 10:00

2 Overview

Welcome to the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga on Cammeraigal country. An elegant Australian eco-retreat nestled within Taronga Zoo, overlooking magnificent Sydney Harbour. A place that embodies the commitment to securing a shared future for wildlife and people.

Wake up to the rustling of a bandicoot. Revel in the natural beauty of the bushland. Step into a lush sanctuary where koalas and echidnas roam, and platypus swim. Then taste culinary delights that are rich with fresh and native ingredients, before finally resting your head in a thoughtfully curated designer room. Join a guided tour with your passionate keepers. Immerse yourself in their stories and learn from their expertise. Here you’ll encounter a close and emotional connection with the animals. And join the cause to defend their place in the world. But above all, expect to leave inspired. Having found your place in a bigger purpose. And knowing that your stay has made a meaningful difference to wildlife. Because at Taronga are not for profit, they are for the wild.

Itinerary

  • Wildlife Retreat : Animal View Room ( - / - / Dinner)

     

    The Experience

    Revel in the natural beauty of the bushland, and step into a lush sanctuary where koalas and echidnas roam, and platypus swim. Join a guided tour with the passionate keepers, immerse yourself in their stories and learn from their expertise. Encounter a close and emotional connection with the animals, and join the cause to defend their place in the world.

     

    Accommodation

    Nestled amongst the natural landscape of Taronga Zoo Sydney, thoughtfully curated designer rooms allow you to overlook bushland, come eye-to-eye with animals or gaze across stunning Sydney Harbour.

    • Bushland Room

      Wake up to views overlooking iconic Australian bushland, with wild birds scattered amongst native trees and native flora.

      • King size bed
      • Pull-out trundle bed (available upon request, suits up to age 9)
      • Sleeps a maximum of 2 adults and 1 child up to 9 years of age.

       

    • Animal View Room

      Wake up to views overlooking the Wildlife Retreat's Sanctuary, a lush habitat where iconic Australian animals roam, climb and perch among the branches right outside your window.

      • King size bed
      • Pull-out trundle bed (available upon request, suits up to age 9)
      • Sleeps a maximum of 2 adults and 1 child up to 9 years of age.

       

    • Harbour View Room

      Wake up to a golden sunrise extending over Taronga Zoo Sydney and out across the glistening harbour, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

      • King size bed
      • Pull-out trundle bed (available upon request, suits up to age 9)
      • Sleeps a maximum of 2 adults and 1 child up to 9 years of age.

       

    • Treetop Suites

      Experience the ultimate in comfort with the Treetop Suites. The most spacious rooms, each suite features panoramic views and an open-plan ensuite with bathtub.

      • Custom king size bed
      • Queen sofa bed
      • Sleeps a maximum of 4 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children.

     

    Dining

    Taste culinary delights that are rich with fresh and native ingredients at Me-Gal restaurant, serving locally-sourced produce on a delectable seasonally-modified menu that will satisfy the senses.

    Satisfy your senses with the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga's dining experience, Me-Gal. Influenced by the native Australian culinary environment, Me-Gal focuses on serving fresh, locally sourced produce with a seasonally modified menu and carefully curated wine list. Try the signature dish, the Pan Seared Barramundi, from the À La Carte menu. The Buffet breakfast offers an array of delicious items and importantly focuses on free range and sustainably sourced produce. Enjoy the locally inspired jams and condiments, and in-house made pastries.

    Please note that to provide the guests with the highest level of service and exclusivity, Me-Gal is exclusive to Retreat accommodation guests only, and not open to the general public.

     

    • Sample Menu*

      *Reference only and subject to change without notice.

      • Entree
        • Tonka bean cured Huon Valley salmon Pickled cucumber, avocado, shallot, radishes, vanilla emulsion | gf | df
        • Fraser Isle spanner crab Crab timbale, pea mousse, fried native saltbush, truffled crème fraiche, sesame tuille, salmon pearls
        • MSC certified prawns Black mussels & celeriac remoulade, chilled tomato & apricot puree, cold pressed avocado oil | gf | df
        • Free range chicken ballotine Beetroot mousseline, soft boiled quail egg, roasted zucchini, yellow squash, chicken jus| gf
        • Wild mushrooms & cauliflower soup Sautéed wild mushrooms, toasted hazelnuts, elderflower, EVOO | ve | gf |df
        • Fried zucchini blossom Silken tofu, sweet potato, shiitake mushroom, mandarin infused olive oil | ve | df
      • Mains
        • Pan seared Coral Coast barramundi Clams, honey parsnip puree, bok choy, sourdough anchovy crumb, scallop soup foam, skin crisp
        • MSC certified scallops Edamame beans, stem ginger, fennel, green shallot, lemon myrtle, buttered risoni
        • Free range grilled chicken breast Potato & kumara gratin, almond skordalia, heirloom tomato, broccolini, basil | gf
        • Local NSW beef fillet King oyster mushroom, dutch carrot, pistachio, cavolo nero, potato espuma, Hunter Valley shiraz jus| gf
        • House made potato gnocchi Baked ricotta, pumpkin, asparagus, roasted macadamias, sage butter sauce | v
        • Saffron & pea risotto Sugar snap & snow peas, local watercress, zucchini ribbon salad, vegan cheese | ve |gf | df

     

    Inclusions
    • An afternoon tour of the Sanctuary, the Australian native wildlife habitat at the centre of the Wildlife Retreat home to Koalas, Wallabies, Echidnas and other unique Australian species
    • A three-course dinner at on-site restaurant, Me-Gal, exclusive to guests of the Retreat. Me-Gal boasts breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour
    • Buffet breakfast at Me-Gal restaurant
    • A morning tour of the Zoo exploring the Wollemi Aviary with rare and endangered native Australian birds, meeting the Red Kangaroos, Australia's largest roo, and the endangered Tasmanian Devils
    • Complimentary access to the Zoo for the duration of your stay
    • Free parking at the Main Visitor Carpark

     

    Your itinerary

    Your time at the Wildlife Retreat includes a range of guided tours, including one through 'The Sanctuary', a precinct exclusive to guests of the Wildlife Retreat, while another explores surrounding exhibits within Taronga Zoo Sydney. Both feature up-close wildlife experiences.

    *Reference Only. Subject to change without notice. Itineraries may operate in reverse order, in a different sequence, be swapped around, or in rare circumstances be replaced by other best suited items to suit times & conditions.

    Time Itinerary
    Day 1  
    14:00, Check in

    Check in to the Retreat from 2pm, arriving at the Wildlife Retreat entrance on Bradleys Head Road in Mosman, just down the hill from the main entrance to the Zoo.

    You'll be greeted by staff who will take your care of your bags while you park your car in the main Visitor Carpark (100 metres up the hill).

    If you are arriving by Ferry, make your to the lower entrance to Sky Safari and let the attendant know that you are a guest of the Wildlife Retreat. Sky Safari is Sydney's only cable car and will take you straight to the top of the Zoo, while also allowing you to take in sweeping views of Sydney Harbour. Once you arrive at the top of the Zoo, one of the friendly staff or volunteers will be able to direct you to the Wildlife Retreat. 

     

    15:30, Afternoon Sanctuary Tour 'The Sanctuary' is a thoughtfully designed habitat that is home to native Australian species: Koalas, Tammar Wallabies, Rufus Bettongs, Potoroos and Pademelons. You'll likely meet Robbie, the 30-year-old Echidna, as he ambles up the central pathway and you may need to dodge a Wallaby hopping across the habitat.

    Tours are led by your experienced guides and keepers who share their detailed knowledge of the animals and the extensive conservation work carried out by Taronga to preserve the precious wildlife.

    Your tour will let you get up close to unique Australian animals, hear fascinating stories all whilst deepening your connection to Cammeraigal country.

    The Reception team will organise a tour time for you.

    Details

    • Afternoon guided tours generally begin at 15:30
    • Duration: 30 - 45 minutes
    • Multiple tours run each afternoon to accommodate all guests
    • Guided experience, leaves from the N'gurra Lounge
    • Comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen are recommended
    • The Sanctuary tour is completely wheelchair accessible

     

    18:30, Dinner at Me-Gal Restaurant

    Dinner is served at the Me-Gal restaurant - Cammeraigal word for 'tears' which evokes the saltwater harbour.

    Experience an exciting modern Australian menu serving native ingredients and sustainably sourced local produce. A three-course dinner of your choice from the a la carte menu is included as part of your Retreat experience and there are generally two evening sittings.

    Retreat Staff can book you into the restaurant.

    Details

    • Extensive beverage menu and selection from a carefully curated wine list also available to purchase at an additional cost
    • While the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga does not stipulate a dress code, smart casual wear is recommended for dinner at Me-Gal restaurant
     
    After dinner, unwind in the N'Gurra Lounge

    Enjoy an after-dinner drink in the N'gurra Lounge and relax around the central 'campfire' as you soak up the sparkling city views.

    Listen close in the quiet of the evening as the animals snuffle and walk amongst the bushes, birds fill the sky with song and koalas chew lazily in the treetops. 

     

  • Taronga Zoo Sydney (Breakfast / - / - )

     

    Your itinerary

    Your time at the Wildlife Retreat includes a range of guided tours, including one through 'The Sanctuary', a precinct exclusive to guests of the Wildlife Retreat, while another explores surrounding exhibits within Taronga Zoo Sydney. Both feature up-close wildlife experiences.

    *Reference Only. Subject to change without notice. Itineraries may operate in reverse order, in a different sequence, be swapped around, or in rare circumstances be replaced by other best suited items to suit times & conditions.

    Time Itinerary
    Day 2  
    07:00 - 10:00, Buffet breakfast with a view

    Hot and cold buffet breakfast offers an array of delicious items and importantly focuses on free range and sustainably sourced produce. Enjoy the locally inspired jams and condiments, and in-house made pastries.

    Details

    • Served at Me-Gal Restaurant
     
    07:15, Morning tours

    Join your guides for a morning tour of the Zoo and enjoy the early-morning atmosphere before it opens to the public. You'll wander through the Wollemi Aviary which is home to rare and endangered native Australian birds, you'll meet the resident Red Kangaroos, Australia's largest roo, and pop in to see the endangered Tasmanian devils.

    The Reception team will organise a tour time for you upon check-in. 

    Details:

    • Duration: 30 - 45 minutes
    • Guided experience, leaves from the N'gurra Lounge
    • Multiple tours run each morning to accommodate all guests
    • Comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen are recommended

     

    10:00, Check out Check out is 10am. If you're spending time in the Zoo, you can leave your luggage with Reception.
    You will need to validate your parking ticket at Reception when you check out. 
    Free time

    Spend the day exploring the Zoo with complimentary passes. Meet over 4,000 animals of 350 species, sit in on over 20 keeper talks, take in the QBE Free Flight Bird Show or Seals For the Wild.

    Don't miss the South American Capybaras, Asian Elephants, Giraffe and more. If you venture into the Zoo early, you'll alsop likely catch the Tiger cubs when they’re most active located in the Tiger Trek.

    Read more about what there is to see at Taronga Zoo Sydney and navigate to the daily timetable.

    Details:

    • Speak to Front Desk staff to arrange
    • Luggage storage available
    • Comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen are recommended

     

3 Policy

Cancellation Policy

● If you cancel at least 21 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. ● If you cancel between 0 and 20 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. ● If no show, no refund.

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