Sydney Wildlife World, Darling Harbour, Sydney

Sydney Wildlife World is located at Darling Harbour in Sydney next door to the Sydney Aquarium. The attraction opened in 2006 and allows visitors to see some of Australia wildlife right in the heart of the city. Allow about an hour and a half to look round Wildlife World. There are over 65 exhibits and about a hundred species of Australian animals to see. The attraction is on two main levels with an additional roof top area where you can meet koalas and have you photo taken with a koala.

On the Ground Level there is the “Flutterbys” butterfly exhibit which also houses turtles and some freshwater crocodiles. The “Spineless wonders” exhibit features various Australian invertebrates including spiders, scorpions, cockroaches, crickets and bees. The “Scales & tails” exhibit a range of Australian snakes and lizards such as the Thorny Devil, Frilled Neck Lizard and the large Scrub Python. The two storey-high “Flight Canyon” features Australian birds in flight, including Rainbow Lorikeets, King Parrots and also the Regent Bowerbird. From Ground Level there is ramp access to level 1.

On level 1 there is a darkened nocturnal exhibit where you get the opportunity to see nocturnal animals such as the Sugar Glider an the Golden Brushtail Possum. The “Semi-Arid Grasslands” exhibit is built to resemble the dry outback interior of Australia. You will see Red Kangaroos and the endangered Bridal Nail-Tail Wallabies in the interactive walk-through exhibit. The rainforest exhibit is a densely vegetated habitat that paints a little picture of what the majestic rainforests of Northern Queensland look like, and features the endangered Southern Cassowary, a large flightless bird. The Wallaby cliffs exhibit features the Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby, a beautifully coloured wallaby that lives in rugged rocky terrain. The Rock Wallaby exhibit is also home to Southern Hairy Nosed Wombats. In the Koala Sanctuary you can see the cute koalas, as well as some other marsupials including the Rufous Bettong, Southern Brown Bandicoot and Tammar Wallaby. You can walk through the kangaroo exhibit, and level 1 also has walk through of the two-storey Flight Canyon exhibit. Level 1 exits to the gift shop and restaurant. From level there is a stair, lift and ramp access to level 2

On level 2 there is the rooftop encounters area where you can have your photo taken with a koala. During the day there are several free animal feeding sessions and keeper talks. There is a Koala Talk on the rooftop every hour from 11am and a Reptile Talk in the Conservation Area every half hour from 11.30am until 4 pm.

Sydney Wildlife World is located on Darling Harbour right next to Sydney Aquarium. Getting there is easy – it is just a ten minute walk from the central business district down Market Street. Alternatively you can get there by train from the Town Hall station, by bus (Bus Stop No 24) or by ferry from Aquarium Pier. Sydney Wildlife World is open from 9am to 6pm every day of the year.

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