It seems no trip to Australia would be complete without some type of encounter with its iconic animals: koalas and kangaroos. We were able to see them and dozens of other strange and amazing creatures—wallabies, echidnas and the endangered bilbies—while visiting Sydney’s Taronga Zoo and its Wildlife World.
I’m not one who normally likes zoos, seeing animals caged up—often in tight quarters—saddens me. I much prefer seeing animals in the wild. However, I must admit the Taronga Zoo is actually quite nice. It houses an extensive collection of Australian fauna and has taken great care to simulate natural habitats by creating spacious enclosures for its animals. Located in a natural bush area on the harbor’s north shore, the zoo is easily accessible by ferry. From the zoo you can see beautiful views of the harbor, the city, the Sydney Harbor Bridge, and the Opera House.
In the heart of Sydney, Wildlife World amazingly brings 6,000 native Australian animals together under one huge roof. It’s located in Darling Harbor, next to the Sydney Aquarium which presents a great view of the underwater world.