Get up close to our cuddly koalas
Our Animals Come First!
Please note that while we would love to let all of our guests pat a koala, this activity is not always possible. In the interests of animal welfare, and/or for operational reasons, we reserve the right to remove or alter activities, such as up-close encounters with our koalas, at any time without prior notice.
Koala Encounters, on the beautiful open air rooftop area of WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, invites you to meet and even get up close to our cuddly koalas. Get a photo with a koala to take home and make your friends and family jealous.
Koala Encounters is also the perfect place to stop for a coffee and snack and relax with the koalas.
Can I cuddle or pat a koala in Sydney?
Since a change in the rules a few years ago, it's now against the regulations for members of the public to cuddle koalas in Sydney and the rest of NSW. No zoo or wildlife park in NSW is permitted to allow guests to cuddle koalas. However, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo offers guests the chance to get as close to koalas as possible, and because we have very strict rules about how often our individual animals are on display, guests can be absolutely certain that the koalas are not stressed by these up-close encounters. On the contrary - sometimes they don't even bat an eyelid!
Enter the koala enclosure and get up close to a koala and take home one 6x8 printed photo per full paying guest. You also get digital copies of your printed photo!
Pricing and purchasing online:
When you purchase your admission tickets online, you will have an option to select Koala Encounter's as an add on to your ticket. For a single booking of $20 - you are allowed up to 4 people in the encounter and receive 3 complimentary photos in 1 book per group.
Pricing at the attraction:
Or how about dining with our koalas?
For the ultimate koala experience, you can have breakfast with our koalas!