Wildlife Retreat at Taronga: new zoo experience

Taronga Zoo has just announced the opening of ‘Wildlife Retreat at Taronga’, a new overnight eco-retreat in the famous Sydney zoo, which stands on Cammeraigal country. Wildlife Retreat will offer guests the opportunity to spend the night in luxury amongst the zoo’s animals while supporting wildlife conservation projects. 


Within five lodges, there are 62 rooms and suites that overlook the surrounding habitat, as well some breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour. Set amongst the zoo’s diverse native bushland, the Wildlife Retreat’s lodges are sustainably-designed and environmentally friendly, designed by Australian firm Cox Architects. Room choices include the Bushland Room, Animal View Room, Harbour View Room and Treetop Suites. All of the rooms feature king-size beds and sustainable amenities with no single-use plastics, as well as design elements that could rival any established luxury hotel.

Wildlife Retreat at Taronga: new zoo experience
Animal View Room


Headed by executive chef, Gursu Mertel, the dining experience at Wildlife Retreat at Taronga centres around the restaurant ‘Me-Gal’. It promises uniquely Australian menus that champion fresh, local produce and native ingredients.

Wildlife Retreat at Taronga: new zoo experience
Me-Gal Restaurant

Experiences and conservation

Apart from waking up to the sounds of native Australian animals like koalas, echidnas and lyrebirds roaming around, guests at Wildlife Retreat at Taronga can either join guided tours or explore the sanctuary in their own time.

Wildlife Retreat at Taronga: new zoo experience

Wildlife Retreat is owned and operated by Taronga Conservation Society Australia, which contributes funding towards the care of Taronga’s animals, as well as other conservation and education programs in Australia and around the world. 

“For a zoo to remain relevant, it must constantly evolve. Our new Wildlife Retreat at Taronga will deliver truly unique experiences to the people of Sydney, NSW, Australia and our international visitors. Through the Wildlife Retreat, we will foster genuine connections between people and Australia’s fascinating wildlife, and inspire them to care as passionately as we do about our most precious residents. Guests will leave not only rejuvenated, but also with the knowledge that their stay has made a meaningful difference to wildlife and its conservation,” said Cameron Kerr, CEO of Taronga Zoo. 

Wildlife Retreat at Taronga opens from Thursday 10 October 2019. Rates start at $790 per night for two adults and include a two-course dinner, buffet breakfast, immersive and exclusive Australian animal experiences and complimentary general admission to Taronga Zoo. 

Find out more: taronga.org.au/retreat

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