The Wildlife Retreat at Taronga on Cammeraigal country, an immersive, overnight experience like no other. The Retreat is located just 15 minutes from Sydney CBD yet feels a world away, in a secluded, harbourside bushland setting. It’s a peaceful, relaxing experience that connects guests with native Australian wildlife and forms an integral part of Taronga’s vision to achieve a shared future for people and wildlife. Nestled amongst the natural landscape of Taronga Zoo Sydney, thoughtfully curated designer rooms allow you to overlook bushland, come eye-to-eye with animals or gaze across stunning Sydney Harbour. Your itinerary takes you inside our unique eco-retreat’s facilities and includes exclusive tours within Taronga Zoo Sydney. Revenue from the Retreat supports Taronga’s important animal conservation programs.
The Wildlife Retreat Experience
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.
Explore what you will get to experience during this ultimate WILD sleepover at Taronga.
Please note: this is a sample itinerary only, and subject to change without notice. On arrival you will be provided with the confirmed itinerary for your stay – thank you for your understanding.
One night stay
Prior to Check-in
Your stay at the Wildlife Retreat includes entry into the Zoo during Zoo hours on the day of arrival, during your stay and the day of check out. If you would like to arrive prior to check-in time at 2pm the front desk team will be happy to hold your bags and provide you with a pass for entry into the Zoo to meet some of the incredible wildlife.
Check in to your accommodation at Wildlife Retreat at Taronga. Please enter the retreat car park (past the main zoo entrance) from Bradley’s Head Road to drop your bags. Complimentary parking is then available in the main Zoo carpark if required.
At check in, our front desk team will be able to select timings for your afternoon Sanctuary Tour and Dinner at Me-Gal (if it has not been pre-selected via a booking link sent to you pre to arrival) as well as answering any questions you have about your stay.
2 to 5.00pm
Time at leisure
Zoo entry is included with your stay, so please feel free to wander into the grounds during Zoo opening hours and meet some of the animals in our care. Reception will be able to provide you with a map. The Zoo closes at 5:00pm in Summer and 4:30pm in Winter.
3 to 5pm
‘The Sanctuary’ is a thoughtfully designed habitat, created especially for guests of the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga. Nestled amongst the accommodation lodges, views of the Sanctuary and the unique Australian animals that live within it can be enjoyed from the rooms.
Available between 3pm and 5pm daily, our guides will lead you on a journey where you can get close to some adorable Australian animals including bettongs, echidnas, pademelons and wallabies, hear fascinating talks and deepen your connection with Cammeraigal country.
Your Sanctuary Tour time will be selected at check in.
Dinner at Me-Gal
Dinner is not included in the Classic Package, however should you wish to add on Dinner at Me-Gal a booking link will be sent to your email prior to arrival to secure a reservation.
Light fare will also be served in N’Gurra lounge which does not need to be booked. View the N’Gurra Lounge menus.
After a night spent listening to the bellow of koalas outside your window and to the sounds of our local lyrebird, wake up with the animals and enjoy an buffet breakfast at Me-Gal before a day of exploring the zoo.
Return back to the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga for check out. If you’re not yet done exploring, you’re welcome to store your bags with reception and spend some more time in the zoo.
Visiting the Zoo during your stay
Your stay at the Wildlife Retreat includes entry into the Zoo on the day you arrive, during your stay and the day you check out. You can enter the Zoo directly from the Wildlife Retreat and no extra tickets or passes are needed. Your room key will provide you entry into the Zoo and back into the Retreat throughout your time with us.
Visiting the Zoo before check in: If you would like to enter the Zoo prior to checking into your room make your way to Wildlife Retreat reception where the front desk team will be able to hold your luggage and direct you into the Zoo. There is direct entry into the Zoo from the Wildlife Retreat and our friendly front desk team will provide a Zoo map and point you in the right direction.
Visitor the Zoo after check out: After check-out our front desk team will be happy to hold your luggage if you wish to visit the Zoo after you have departed your room. We will be able to hold your luggage as long as needed and encourage guests to explore the Zoo at full at your leisure.
Booking your tours and dining
Included in all stays at the Wildlife Retreat is an afternoon Sanctuary Tour, the Sanctuary Tour run between 3pm – 5pm and at check in you will be assigned a tour time. The afternoon Sanctuary Tour does not need to be prebooked and we have multiple tours running to accommodate guest schedules. If you have a preferred time please specify when you are booking.
Your breakfast time will be assigned at check in and will work to accommodate your preference. Breakfast does not need to be pre-booked.
You are encouraged to add dinner to your stay during check in (subject to restaurant availability) or contact us prior to your arrival and our team will be happy to add it to your booking over the phone.
If you are not eating at Me-Gal food is available in N’Gurra lounge and does not need to be pre-booked and can be ordered as needed. Food is served in N’Gurra lounge from 1pm and is a wonderful place to have a quiet lunch at the Zoo overlooking the harbour.’
1 night at Wildlife Retreat at Taronga in a Bushland Room
Sanctuary access – a guided walk through the central wildlife habitat to meet the local residents including koalas, echidnas, pademelons, wallabies and bettongs
Complimentary access to Taronga Zoo Sydney
Complimentary parking within Taronga’s multi-storey carpark
WiFi and parking
What to bring
Enclosed shoes – Taronga Zoo’s landscape is varied and your experience will include walking. Heels, sandals and thongs are not recommended
Wet weather gear – Roar and Snore is an all-weather experience so please come prepared for any inclement weather
Toiletries – The Roar and Snore campsite has shower and bathroom facilities
Wildlife Retreat at Taronga
Bradleys Head Road
Mosman NSW 2088
Essential Deal Info
Deal number: VIVT4142
Book by 20 December 2023
Deal is available for selected travel dates between 01 November 2023 – 31 March 2024
Advertised Price is based on selected travel dates between 01 November 2023 – 31 March 2024
Price based on 2 adults staying for 1 night and shown on a per person (pp) twinshare (two persons in 1 room) basis.
Other surcharges & blockout dates, as supplied by the service provider, may apply during peak travel periods, contact your Travel Expert for these details.
Your deal is NON-REFUNDABLE, however, you may be able to change the date of stay provided the Service Provider agrees to make such changes.
A No-show is defined as when you fail to show up at your accommodation by the latest check-in time.
A No-show will result in a 100% CANCELLATION FEE being applied to your booking.