All overnight guests enjoy free Zoo entry from arrival until day of departure, a delicious buffet breakfast to fuel the days, a tour of the Wildlife Retreat’s private sanctuary where you can meet some adorable native Australian animals.
Enhance your stay
Walk in the Wild Night Walk
Ssshhh, everyone's gone home, let's go explore!! Once Taronga is closed no-one can enter the zoo...unless you are a guest of the Wildlife Retreat and are with one of our guides. Take a walk in the wild and see which animals aren't quite ready to go to bed. No tour is the same as you search and explore to see who is enjoying the cool evening air or the peace and quiet. Luckily our guides know all of Taronga's animals and have a...tail...or 2 for each and every one. If you choose to have dinner before your tour in our Me-Gal restaurant, please allow 2 hours to enjoy your evening before heading out to explore.
Have you ever wondered who makes the Backyard to Bush residence breakfast? Its our wonderful food preparation team! Now you can be part of an educational activity designed by our very own volunteer and staff member where you can learn what food the animals would eat in the wild, how to make the most important meal of the day and why we don't make it too easy for them to eat! We start at 8.30am, where parents are welcome to accompany children to the chef's table. All food needs to be ready for 9am when everyone heads down to Backyard to Bush to see who is hungry! An adult must accompany children from this time and will need to check out before leaving.
Retreat Rangers - Children's only tour
If you are ready for a little bit of time without the kids, our guides will be leading a childrens only tour every afternoon from 3pm – 5pm. Our guides know the best areas of the zoo and have access to areas not available to the public. Each ‘Rangers’ will receive their very own cap to keep and will visit and learn about the animals in our care and how they can be champions for conservation. While the ‘Rangers’ are off exploring, adults will have the perfect opportunity to spend some time basking in the views from N’gurra Lounge with a cocktail in hand!
Why not extend your stay?
Take advantage of our harbourside location and catch the iconic Sydney Ferry to the CBD to explore more of Sydney and its wonderful attractions.