Address: WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

1-5 Wheat Road Darling Harbour

Sydney 2000

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Koala Encounters

Koala Encounters

Get up close to our cute Koalas
Time: 11am - 4.45pm
Duration: 10 minute estimate
Capacity: 5 people per encounter

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 very cute koalas. You'll have the opportunity to get a photo with our furry friends which you can then take home to show your friends and family!

Koala Encounters is also the perfect place to stop for a coffee and snack and relax with the koalas.


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Can I cuddle or pat a koala in Sydney?

Simply the answer is unfortunately no. 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! 

Koala Photos

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 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 $25 - you are allowed up to 4 people in the encounter and receive 3 complimentary photos in 1 book per group. 

Pricing at the attraction

  • $20: One person
  • $25: Two people
  • $30: Three people
  • $35: Four people
  • $40: Five people
  • $5 per extra printed photo

Or how about dining with our koalas?

For the ultimate koala experience, you can have breakfast with our koalas! Click here to find out more!