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STS Festival
Visit the Local Wildlife PDF Print E-mail

Unique Fauna: Australia developed a unique fauna when it broke away from the super-continent Gondwana more than 50 million years ago. Today Australia is home to a wealth of wildlife not found anywhere else in the world. We have around 800 species of birds, half of which are unique to this country. Our marine environments contain more than 4,000 fish varieties and tens of thousands of species of invertebrates, plants and micro-organisms. About 80 per cent of Australia's southern marine species are found nowhere else in the world.

Flourishing flora: Australia also supports at least 25,000 species of plants, compared to 17,500 in Europe. That includes living fossils like the Wollemi pine and the grass tree, and brilliant wildflowers. There are over 12,000 species in Western Australia alone!

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Platypus Kookaburra Wombat

 

See these creatures and many more, up close at Tarango ZooSydney Aquarium and Sydney Wildlife World

Tarango Zoo
Taronga Zoo is located on the shores of Sydney harbour and is Aus tralia's leading zoological garden, featuring an extensive selection of native animals and a diverse collection of exotic species. What makes Taronga special is it's location, with one of the most beautiful vantage points on Sydney Harbour overlooking Sydney Cove, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Officially opened on October 7, 1916, it is divided into eight zoogeographic regions and is home to over 2,600 animals on 21 hectares, making it one of the largest of its kind.
Taronga Zoo is best seen over a whole day, taking in the many animals and fantastic harbour views.

How to get there:
The best way to get to Taronga is via ferry.
Please see the Taronga Zoo ferry timetable here
- Ferry: A 12-minute ferry ride from Wharf 2, Circular Quay
- Bus: Bus 247 departs from Wynyard bus station to and from the Zoo's Main Entrance daily - a 30 minute one way trip.


Sydney Aquarium
Sydney Aquarium is located on the boardwalk of Darling Harbour. The aquarium contains a large variety of Australian aquatic life, displaying more than 650 species comprising more than 6,000 individual fish and other sea and water creatures from most of Australia's water habitats. Its key exhibits are a series of underwater, see-through, acrylic glass tunnels where sharks swim above visitors, and recreation of a Great Barrier Reef coral environment.

The Sydney Aquarium was opened in 1988, during Australia's bicentenary celebrations, and is one of the largest aquariums in the world.

Sydney Wildlife World is next door to Sydney Aquarium and a doublepass to both attractions is advised for your full land and sea Australiana exhibition.

You can purchase your tickets online, or at the Aquarium entrance

How to get there:
Darling Harbour has many transport options:
- On Foot: Within minutes of the city, use Market St or King St access.
- Bus: Sydney Explorer Bus Stop 22.
- Ferry: Ferries from Circular Quay (Wharf 5).
- Monorail from City: Darling Park Station.
- Train: Town Hall Station.


Sydney Wildlife World
Sydney Wildlife World is located next to Sydney Aquarium on the shores of Darling Harbour.

The Sydney Wildlife World is unusual for a zoo in that it is entirely enclosed and air-conditioned. The development features a one-kilometre walkway which snakes through 7000 square metres of enclosures. The enclosures feature around 6000 native animals.

Sydney Wildlife World is next door to Sydney Aquarium and a doublepass to both attractions is advised for your full land and sea Australiana exhibition.

You can purchase your tickets online, or at the Wildlife World entrance

How to get there:
Darling Harbour has many transport options:
- On Foot: Within minutes of the city, use Market St or King St access.
- Bus: Sydney Explorer Bus Stop 22.
- Ferry: Ferries from Circular Quay (Wharf 5).
- Monorail from City: Darling Park Station.
- Train: Town Hall Station.

 

The Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Opera House

The Opera House

The Blue Mountains

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Northern Beaches

Sydney Harbour Bridge