Animals residing at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo are blessed with a knockout location overlooking the Sydney harbour. And soon humans will be able to join them with the opening of a much-anticipated Wildlife Retreat.

A large suite at the Taronga Zoo Wildlife Retreat with a four poster bed and modern furnishings; the window looks over trees with Sydney Harbour Bridge visible in the distance.
A suite at the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga. Image by Taronga Zoo

Opening on 10 October, Taronga Zoo’s Wildlife Retreat will offer visitors a once-in-a-lifetime experience having a sleepover with Australia’s unique wildlife at this famous city zoo (did someone say koalas?) while also learning about urgent conservation projects to save Australia’s natural environment.

The Retreat has five environmentally-sensitive and sustainably-designed pods nestled into the natural landscape of this world-famous zoo, as well as 62 designer rooms and suites for those looking for something a bit more traditional.

A koala on a tree.
Cuddly koala resting in its tree at Taronga Zoo, Sydney

Once the zoo closes to the general public, overnighters will be taken on a special after-hours guided tours to get a behind the scenes view of the platypus’, koalas, and sun bears. Guests then enjoy Australian-style fine dining at the Me-Gal restaurant with dishes infused with hand-selected native ingredients.

On the second day of the retreat, guests will be given the opportunity to enjoy some bespoke animal and cultural experiences which also highlight the urgency for conservation and protection of the natural environment.

The Me-Gal restaurant interior, with modern furnishings, floral cushions on chairs, and panoramic views over Sydney Harbour.
The Me-Gal restaurant with its views over Sydney Harbour. Image by Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo is a not-for-profit that uses all its income for conservation of native Australian species with active involvement in breed and release programs, habitat recovery and the rehabilitation and release of injured or orphaned wildlife.

If you are a wildlife-lover looking for a unique stay in Sydney, the zoo might be just the spot. You’ll have a experience like no other and learn more about Australia’s indigenous plants and animals without leaving the city.

For more information and to book, visit here

This story was originally published on 28 May, 2019 and updated on 6 September, 2019. 

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