Despite its proximity to the iconic Harbour and Sydney’s bustling CBD, Taronga Zoo feels secluded – a place where tourists and locals alike can escape the grind and reconnect with awesome nature. And the newly opened Wildlife Retreat at Taronga provides a stylish, unique setting in which to truly immerse yourself in the natural environment.
Nestled in the Zoo’s stunning native bushland, the eco-retreat provides an unmatched opportunity for guests to connect with the Indigenous Cammeraigal country and the animals that call Taronga home.
The upmarket eco-retreat boasts 62 rooms and suites across five stylish, sustainably designed lodges, along with an action-packed program of tours and talks that afford guests the opportunity to see the park come to life in the early morning and after dark. Passionate keepers with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the care of the native animals provide intimate and informative tours, the likes of which you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the country, much less outside your suite.
Here, koalas and echidnas roam, bandicoots rustle, and platypus swim just metres from elegant and thoughtfully appointed rooms, surrounded by natural bushland and offering unmatched views of Sydney Harbour. Whether guests choose to connect with the animals in their own time or join a guided tour is up to them.
The retreat’s commitment to nature also extends to the on-site restaurant, Me-Gal. Boasting a uniquely Australian seasonal menu, the restaurant serves up fresh local produce, native ingredients, and a curated wine list in a fine-dining setting. It also has some of the most spectacular views in all of Sydney.
Even better, a stay at the Wildlife Retreat helps to support Taronga Conservation Society Australia’s important work.
Taronga is a not-for-profit that supports more than 60 conservation and research programs in Australia and around the world. Revenue from the retreat will help fund this work, protecting critically endangered Corroboree Frogs in Kosciusko National Park, Orang-utans in Borneo, and African Elephants in Mozambique. It will also contribute essential funding towards the care of the animals at the Zoo.
Everything Taronga does is to create a shared future between people and nature, and the Wildlife Retreat is the latest step on the path to this goal. Guests will learn about the Indigenous land that the Zoo is built on, the threats facing Australian species, and what they can do to help conserve the environment – all while enjoying elegant and stylish accommodation in one of Sydney’s most beautiful spots.
Wildlife Retreat at Taronga is a brand-new and unique opportunity to experience and protect Australia’s stunning wildlife. Guests will walk away with a greater appreciation of native animals, armed with the knowledge of what they can do to help conserve the environment.
The Wildlife Retreat is now open, so you could be sleeping among native wallabies, echidna, koalas, and platypus as quickly as you can say “book your stay now”.
To find out more and book your stay at the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga visit taronga.org.au/retreat. Rates start at $790 per night for two adults and includes two-course dinner, buffet breakfast, immersive and exclusive Australian animal experiences and complimentary general admission to Taronga Zoo.
(Images courtesy of Taronga Zoo Wildlife Retreat)
Alana is the staff writer on AWOL who thinks the best way to travel is by taking spontaneous detours and stopping at every local bakery to try the cakes. She writes a lot about Australian TV, Big Things, cursed food, and theme parks. You can follow her on Instagram @alana.dotcom. It’s mostly dogs she meets along the way.