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Plan Your School Excursion

WLS School 67

Sydney's WILD Classroom

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo school excursions provide place-based and curriculum-aligned learning.

Centrally located in the centre of Sydney’s Darling Harbour precinct, the zoo is easy to get to either via public transport or bus, with short-term parking available.

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Plan your excursion

Before your visit

  • Enjoy a complimentary visit in order to plan your excursion and complete a risk assessment. Please request your pre-excursion visit via our teacher pre-visit booking form. One visit per year is permitted.
  • Book your excursion as early as possible to ensure your first choice date is still available. Please note, your booking is not confirmed until you have been contacted by a booking agent. As some periods are busier than others, please make sure you have a few date options in mind when booking.
  • Bookings are essential and should be made at least two weeks in advance.
  • Payment is made post-excursion by school cheque or credit card. Students cannot pay individually and we are unable to accept payment on the day.
  • Please note our aquarium is now 'cashless' and we are unable to accept cash at admissions, in our retail store or in our cafe.

Please find below some useful documents to read before your visit:

Excursion Planning Guide

COVID-19 Information Sheet for Schools

Attraction Map for Schools

Behaviour Guidelines

Parent Helper Information

Current Health and Safety Guidelines

Visual Story Guide for WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Ringo With Dirt On Nose

Teachers can pre-visit for free!

We welcome all NSW registered teachers to a complimentary admission ticket to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Come and explore an aquarium that is guaranteed to inspire your class!

Frequently Asked Questions

Our educational WILD Discovery guided tours are currently on hold due to COVID-19. Please visit our self-guided tours page for more information on current school excursion options. 

On average a self-guided school excursion takes around 1.5 hours to see all areas in the attraction. This time can vary depending on how you plan your visit, which animal talks you want to see and if your students are completing worksheets.

We highly recommend when possible to break your large group into smaller groups of 10 with a leader and another teacher to help look after the group. This allows for spreading out your school so that not all the students are trying to see the same exhibit at the same time.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is fully wheelchair accessible and has extensive wheelchair facilities throughout the attraction, including lifts and shallow ramped walkways. For more information please visit our accessibility page.

If you have divided your students into smaller groups there are several areas in the zoo where we suggest you can all meet up as a whole group again. Kangaroo Walk-About and Koala Rooftop are great areas to regroup, take a break and mark the roll.

Buses can drop off and pick up students from the bus bays behind the aquarium on Wheat Road, Darling Harbour. Bus parking is available at the King Street Wharf Coach layover parking which is found off Lime Street for tourist buses only. Privately owned buses cannot use the layover. Please note that buses cannot pick up and drop off from this location.

To help you plan your excursion and prepare your risk assessment teachers can access a complementary ticket to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo so you can visit ahead of bringing your students. This provides you with the opportunity to view the attraction and get familiar with the different exhibits, places to eat and what to see before you bring your students. To request your visit please go to our free teacher pre-visit page