The Wildlife Retreat at Taronga is owned and operated by Taronga Conservation Society Australia, a not-for-profit, conservation-based organisation. Every stay at the Wildlife Retreat contributes essential funding towards the care of Taronga’s animals and broader conservation and education programs in Australia and around the world.
Taronga works tirelessly to achieve a shared future for wildlife and people, striving to be a centre for conservation excellence.
Getting to the Wildlife Retreat
If you’re driving to the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga, head down Bradley’s Head Road in Mosman in Sydney’s northern suburbs (on the north side of the Harbour Bridge). Drive past the main Zoo entrance and approximately 100 metres down the road, turn right at the big Wildlife Retreat sign.
This is the main entrance to the Wildlife Retreat. You can drop your bags here at the Welcome Hub, then drive your car back up to the Taronga multi-story carpark for free undercover overnight parking. Please bring your parking ticket into the Wildlife Retreat to have it validated at the Reception desk.
From Sydney Airport
If you’re coming from Sydney Airport, the Wildlife Retreat is 18km away by taxi or Uber.
If you're renting a car, get directions from Google Maps.
Alternatively, you can catch public transport – a train, ferry and bus – and enjoy a relaxing ferry ride across iconic Sydney Harbour.
From the Sydney Airport terminal station, catch the train to Circular Quay then hop on the Taronga Zoo ferry. The ferry ride takes 12 minutes. The connecting 238 bus will be waiting to take you up the hill to the Zoo. The Wildlife Retreat entrance is a 100 metre walk downhill from the Taronga Zoo bus stop.
NOTE: Entry to the Zoo is free for Wildlife Retreat guests so there is no need to buy Zoo entry tickets at Circular Quay or when you arrive at the Taronga Zoo ferry terminal. Also, the Zoo’s Sky Safari cable car does not take you to the Wildlife Retreat entrance. You will need to catch the 238 bus.
You can pay for public transport using your contactless credit, debit or mobile device, or buy a NSW Transport Opal Card.
Travelling from the city
Ferry: Catch the Taronga Zoo ferry from Circular Quay then hop on the 238 bus up the hill to the Wildlife Retreat entrance – see details above under 'Arriving from Sydney Airport'.
Bus: From Central, Town Hall or Wynyard trains stations in central Sydney, catch the red 430 Metro Bus all the way to Taronga Zoo. The bus leaves for Taronga every 10 - 15 minutes. Check the 430 timetable. The Wildlife Retreat entrance is a 100 metre walk down the hill from the Taronga Zoo bus stop.
Changes to the 430 bus route.
From Sunday 20 December 2020, the 430 bus route will no longer be operational to Taronga Zoo Sydney (or run via Eddy Avenue, Park Street, Wynyard or Military Road).
New bus route 100 (Mosman to City) will operate between Mosman (Taronga Zoo Sydney) and the Queen Victoria Building in the city from early morning until around midnight, seven days a week. Buses will run every 10 minutes across the day and at least every 20 minutes in the early morning and late at night.
Services operating towards Taronga Zoo Sydney will pick up customers at Wynyard on Clarence Street.