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From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road and Wildlife Tour

1. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road and Wildlife Tour

After being picked up from your Melbourne cbd accommodation, you will then explore the world famous Great Ocean Road in this full day tour, follow along in many different languages in our website app so you don’t miss a thing. * Spend the day in an airconditioned vehicle not only exploring the coastline features but also seeing first hand koalas and birds in their natural habitat as well as a guided forest walk where you will see some of the tallest trees in the world. Morning tea is also included. All of this on top of the iconic favourites such as the Torquay Surf Beach, Loch Ard Gorge, The Razorback, Island Archway, 12 Apostles and Gibson Steps with plenty of photo stops along the way. 1. Torquay Surf Beach. We stop here to experience first hand your first look and feel of the iconic beaches and coastal views. You will also be in clear seeing distance of the world famous Bells Surfing Beach. Get a taste of taking coastal photos and smelling the fresh seaside air. 2. Morning Tea Refresh with morning tea. 3. The Pole House Roadside photo opportunity of the most photographed house on Great Ocean Road. Suspended 40 metres above ground by a singular concrete column, its unique architecture maximises the stunning coastline view. 4. Great Ocean Road sign. Snap a selfie at this iconic post and send it to your friends. 5. Koalas and parrots in their natural habitat. Your experienced guide knows where to go. Witness koalas and colorful parrots in their natural environment. 6. Apollo Bay lunch stop. Here we stop at the coastal town of Apollo Bay where you can purchase your lunch from the many restaurants and cafes on offer. You can also walk around the coastal town or even take a swim in the beach if the weather suits. 7. Guided Forest Walk. Your guide will take you on a forest walk where you will see some of the tallest trees in the world. You will also take in the wonderful fresh natural smells the trees have to offer. 8. The Gibson Steps. Here (tide and wind permitting) you will be able to see some of the 12 Apostles from sea level on the beach. You will feel like you can reach out and touch them. 9. 12 Apostles. Take your time to view the world renowned 12 Apostles. An awesome sight with fantastic photo opportunities. See for yourself why these limestone beauties are known all around the world. 10. Loch Ard Gorge. The final touring stop but many say it is the best. You need to witness first hand this magnificent formation of rocks and rolling sea. Ground level viewing that will excite you with the natural glories it possesses. 11. Razorback and Island Archway. See the unique jagged Razorback formation and the Island Archway. The original archway collapsed in 2009 however two striking stacks remain, standing nearly as tall as the Apostles. 12. Dinner Stop We stop at Colac where you can purchase dinner from one of the many restaurants and cafes. After dinner we return you to your CBD hotel.

Sydney: Taronga Zoo Ticket with Return Ferry & Cable Car

2. Sydney: Taronga Zoo Ticket with Return Ferry & Cable Car

Pre-book your entrance ticket to the Taronga Zoo with access to Sky Safari Cable Car and meet hundreds of remarkable species of animals from around the world. Enjoy the benefit of a ferry return ticket from Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, or Watsons Bay. Nestled on the shores of one of the most beautiful harbors in the world, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and is home to over 4,000 animals. Explore the Australian native wildlife as well as rare and endangered exotic animals. See tigers, elephants, exotic birds, and many other species of animals. Spend a fun-filled day out with your family in one of the most famous attractions of Sydney. 

Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

3. Sydney: Taronga Zoo Tickets

Overlooking magnificent Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and offers amazing wildlife experiences with stunning harbor views. Nestled on the shores of the world's most beautiful harbor, Taronga Zoo is surrounded by lush bushland of Bradley's Head National Park, popular for early morning walks. Ferries depart from Circular Quay every 30 minutes. The Zoo has many popular trails to explore including the Australian Walkabout, Kids' Trail, Reptile World, African Safari, Big Cats' Trail, Rainforest Trail, Seal Walk, Seals for the Wild, and the iconic must-see Free Flight Birds presentations. Zoo entry includes limited keeper talks, presentations, and access to the Sky Safari cable car. The many exhibits in Taronga Zoo can be reached by footpaths, ramps, lifts and escalators. 90% of Taronga Zoo is fully accessible. Strollers can be hired from the Visitor Information Desk in the main entrance at a small fee and manual wheelchairs can be rented for free and should be booked in advance.

Dubbo: Taronga Western Plains Zoo Entry Ticket Valid 2 Days

4. Dubbo: Taronga Western Plains Zoo Entry Ticket Valid 2 Days

Have plenty of time to explore Taronga Western Plains Zoo with a 2-day entry ticket. Walk, drive, or ride around the zoo's 5-kilometer circuit and see its rare and endangered animals. Enjoy access to the Welcome Plaza to shop or relax during your visit. Explore the zoo at your own pace and see its 100s of animals including giraffes, rhinos, elephants, and big cats. Be sure to check out the daily keeper activities (included with your ticket), special tours, and animal encounters. Your tickets are valid for 2 consecutive days, giving you ample time to experience all that is on offer. The zoo's Welcome Plaza includes a shop, playground, and cafe overlooking the Savannah Lake and Primate Island, home to black-handed spider monkeys and ring-tailed lemurs.

Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

5. Sydney: Harbour Cruise, Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari

Experience the most fun way to travel to Taronga Zoo and save money with a return ticket on the rocket ferry Circular Quay. Once inside the zoo, take in as many of the exhibits as you like at your own pace. Explore 10 themed areas, including Wild Australia, Wild Asia and the Great Southern Oceans. Hear talks by the zookeepers and go to interactive shows, such as the free bird show and free seal show. See native Australian animals, including koala and platypus, along with creatures from around the world such as Asian elephants, lions and giraffe. Grab some lunch at one of the many cafés, or take your own picnic and find a nice spot in the shade. Once you've had your animal fix for the day, head back to the dock and get some amazing views of Sydney on the cruise back to Circular Quay.

Sydney: Blue Mountains & Wildlife Park with River Cruise

6. Sydney: Blue Mountains & Wildlife Park with River Cruise

After being collected from your central Sydney accommodation, head out of town to see koalas and feed kangaroos. Meet all your favorite Australian animals in an outdoor bush setting at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Then head out to the Blue Mountains for the day. Admire the stunning scenic lookouts and amazing views of the famous mountains of Australia. This tour is ideal for participants wanting short guided bush walks to beautiful lookouts and famous landmarks. Traveling with an experienced guide, explore off-the-beaten-track routes away from the regular crowds. Get the chance of fantastic photographic opportunities as you encounter renowned Australian flora and fauna. Later, choose to swim under a waterfall and check out some of the best lookouts on the wild side of the national park. At the end of the tour, enjoy a relaxing and scenic cruise back to Sydney harbor along the Parramatta river.

Sydney: Go City Explorer Pass 3, 4, 5, or 7 Attractions

7. Sydney: Go City Explorer Pass 3, 4, 5, or 7 Attractions

Maximize your time and save during your visit to Sydney with the Explorer Pass. Valid for 60 days, you can save up to 45% off retail prices and enjoy discounts and benefits at over 20 of the city's most popular and famous attractions. Choose between a 3-, 4-, 5-, or 7-day pass. During your time in Sydney, you can use your pass to enjoy the Sydney Opera House Tour, the Australian National Maritime Museum, The Sydney Tower Eye with 4D Cinema Experience, a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Sydney and Bondi, and more. Choose from a variety of different experiences to enjoy with your pass: • The Sydney Opera House Tour • Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-On Hop-Off: 1-Day Classic Tour • The Sydney Opera House - Architectural Tour • Australian National Maritime Museum • Sydney Jet Thrill Ride • The Sydney Tower Eye with 4D Cinema Experience • Urban Winery Sydney Wine Tasting and Cheese • Entermission - Virtual Reality Escape Rooms • The Rocks Walking Tour • 4-hour Bike Rental by Bonza Bike Tours • Discover Bondi Coastal Walking Tour • Bondi Surf 2-Hour Board and Wetsuit Rental • Escape Hunt Sydney • Morning Yoga by the ocean • Adventure Clues - Bloomin’ Botanic Gardens Sydney • Adventure Clues - Unlock the Rocks • Adventure Clues - Secret Sydney • Adventure Clues - The Mad Botanist for Kids Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction list, including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go.

Sydney: Taronga Zoo & 1 or 2-Day Sydney Harbour Hopper Pass

8. Sydney: Taronga Zoo & 1 or 2-Day Sydney Harbour Hopper Pass

Enjoy a trip to the Taronga Zoo and a pass to explore Sydney Harbour with the Harbour Hopper Pass with Fantasea Cruising and choose from either a one or two-day option. See the various wildlife at the zoo and enjoy the beautiful sights from Sydney Harbour. Visit one of Sydney’s most famous attractions, the award-winning Taronga Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, including Australian native wildlife, as well as rare and endangered exotic animals. Explore the zoo overlooking the magnificent Sydney Harbour, the zoo is just 12 minutes from the city by ferry. Listen to daily keeper talks and see zoo shows, and access the Sky Safari, Sydney’s only cable car. See one of the world’s most beautiful natural harbours by boat and take in the sparkling blue waters, iconic tourist attractions, hidden beaches, pristine bushlands, and pretty botanic gardens brimming with native flora and charming islands that are made for exploring. Take advantage of perks included with your Sydney Harbour Hopper Pass: My Fast Ferry's direct fast ferry service between Manly and Circular Quay and direct ferry service between Manly and Watsons Bay (operates on weekends only).

Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park - Entry Ticket

9. Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park - Entry Ticket

Melbourne's award-winning wildlife park invites you to explore 10 hectares of bush-land, feed kangaroos and wallabies, pet koalas and enjoy encounters with colorful birds, reptiles, dingoes and many other animals, including endangered species. More than 60 species native to Australia reside at the Sanctuary, including about 80 kangaroos and wallabies that roam free in the bush, and others that are housed in large natural enclosures. Waterbirds populate the wetlands, and colorful parrots flit through the air, including the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot. The sanctuary also protects red-bellied pademelons, southern bettongs, spot tailed quolls, and Tasmanian devils. Moonlit Sanctuary is only 50 minutes south-east of central Melbourne, at the top of the Mornington Peninsula, and on the way to the Penguins on Phillip Island. Come visit the Sanctuary for a full day of presentations and animal shows that will be sure to entertain you and touch your heart!

Melbourne: Penguin Passport Experience at SEA LIFE

10. Melbourne: Penguin Passport Experience at SEA LIFE

Enjoy a once-in-a-life encounter with sub-Antarctic penguins with your SEA LIFE Penguin Passport.  Join keepers behind-the-scenes to learn more about the penguins and see how the colony is cared for. Put on some Antarctic snow gear for a 45-minute journey onto the ice to sit with some King and Gentoo penguins.  Visit the food preparation and veterinary areas, learn how the state-of-the-art exhibit maintains its sub-zero temperatures; and see first-hand the high standards of attention and care the animals receive.  Make the most of the rest of the day with all-day access to the rest of SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

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  • Melbourne
  • Katoomba
  • Leura
  • Anna Bay
  • Healesville
  • Nelson Bay
  • Helensburgh
  • Wollongong
  • Arthurs Seat
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What people are saying about New South Wales

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,156 reviews

This was a once in a lifetime special day. Very long and tiring but really interesting. Lots of variety and our tour guide/driver Terry was very informative and funny.

Adrian was an amazing tour guide, very knowledgeable and friendly, was a great day and would definitely recommend

Excellent experience. Pre-booking made everything so easy. Definitely recommend.

Just get your tickets here! Super fuss free. Nice zoo!

Great value, easy travelling, great friendly staff