Sydney is a tourist destination that has something to offer for everyone, from thrill seekers and nature lovers to couples and families. The city is known for its abundant animal and plant life, golden sunny beaches, mild winters and temperate climate, and amazing architecture.
You may not be able to experience all the wonders of Sydney in only a few days, but a Sydney’s ultimate vacation experience should include the amazing Taronga Zoo!
The Taronga zoo is one of the most spectacular zoos in the world with the widest collection of unique and exotic species. It offers awesome views of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, the Opera House, and other fabulous landmarks. With over 4,000 animals to see, over 20 keeper talks and shows a day, tours, events & concerts, there’s an incredible plethora of wildlife to see and shows to attend!
Kids can get up-close with native Australian wildlife like the Platypus, the Tasmanian devil, wombats, kangaroos and koalas. You’ll also enjoy majestic sights of lions, elephants, giant crocodiles, and other animals in the wild.
One of the Zoo’s best programmes is the Roar & Snore programme. Overnight camping at the in-house luxurious tents is the best part about a visit to this zoo! This is a highly recommended activity at the Taronga zoo – a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Roar & Snore Programme
Roar & Snore is a fully hosted educational experience by the Taronga Zoo. It includes up-close animal encounters, guided tours of the zoo in darkness, and exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences.
Along with the ‘wild’ component, you will have all the extras, from refreshments at their harbour front campsite and a sumptuous feast with drinks, to sleeping in architecturally designed tents to operate in all weather conditions. Double and single beds in each tent are fully dressed; you can even shower while enjoying Sydney’s world famous view!
This is the only opportunity to camp overnight with the views of Sydney Harbour and the city on one side and lions, leopards and Meerkats on the other. An amazing experience you’ll not forget anytime soon!
Hop on to a ferry transfer from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour, which will take you to the zoo in 15 minutes. Plan ahead so that you arrive at the zoo around 6:15pm – the zoo isn’t open to general visitors so don’t come too early. The Roar & Snore experience begins with the scenic walk to the harbour-side campsite, where you’ll enjoy some refreshments to gear yourself up for an exhilarating wildlife adventure!
Your first wildlife adventure is a chance to get up-close with some of the Zoo’s friendliest creatures. Possums, giraffes, crocodiles, snakes and koalas are just some of your new wildlife friends! Remember to shoot some great photos of them to remember by.
After settling into your purpose-built tent, you will enjoy a gourmet buffet dinner before a walk through the Zoo on a one-and-a-half hour night safari – an opportunity to experience the zoo with only an intimate group – this means more time with the animals and experience the nightlife in the wild. The tour usually starts at 9pm and lasts about an hour. You’ll then head back to the campsite for some refreshments.
If you think the night safari experience was incredible with all the wildlife you’ve seen – the next day starts early with more amazing behind-the-scene experiences!
As a Roar & Snore camper, you will rise to the warbles, rumbles, squeaks, growls and roars of the animals greeting the day at about 6am. Your wildlife adventure continues with a light breakfast before you are treated to two exclusive, behind-the-scenes experiences. These behind-the-scenes programmes offer amazing insight into animal care, welfare, conservation. You’ll also get upclose to the animals during the programme. You are also welcome to spend the next day exploring the Zoo during the daylight hours once the tour concludes, leaving your to explore where your favourite animal enclosures are.
The Roar & Snore experience is an amazing adventure for the family and it offers unparalleled moments – overnight in a beautiful tent on a cliff overlooking the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour, with animals just a stone’s throw away – and still have a nice hot shower in the morning – this really sums up an adventure the whole family will thoroughly enjoy.
Other great spots to visit while you’re in Australia
An ultimate sleepover in Sydney must also include visits to The Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, the Darling Harbor, and to its many beautiful beaches, including the very popular Bondi Beach; wine tasting at Hunter Valley; jaunts through the cobbled laneways of ‘The Rocks,’ a historic tourist spot in the city; kayaking at Pittwater; and lots of shopping, drinking and dining.
Port Stephens is also a great spot to visit – it is the home to Southern Hemisphere’s biggest moving dunes. Tourists can take a boat ride across the ocean waters and check out the bottle-nosed dolphins from close quarters. You may also go for an off-road 4WD safari across the sand dunes and have the time of your life. All these can be personalised for you as part of your tour package with Jetabout Holidays.
Sydney is a fantastic destination for your next vacation, and the Roar and Snore itinerary makes for a memorable holiday! Check out more information on the tour package here, and have a roaring good time in Sydney!
Images courtesy of Tourism Australia unless otherwise stated.
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