The Wildlife Retreat at Taronga is opening to guests from Thursday 10 October 2019. 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.

Guests of the Wildlife Retreat will have the chance to wake up to the rustling of a bandicoot or the call of a lyrebird, and to revel in the natural beauty of the surrounding bushland.  From your room, you will step out into a lush sanctuary where koalas and echidnas roam and platypus swim.

During your stay at the Wildlife Retreat join guided tours with passionate keepers and guides, or simply connect with the wildlife and its habitat in their own time, reassured by the knowledge that your stay has made a meaningful difference to this not-for-profit, conservation-based organisation.

The Retreat has been designed by leading Australian architects at Cox Architecture,  featureing five environmentally-sensitive, sustainably-designed lodges built into the native bushland setting of Taronga Zo0 and 62 elegant rooms and suites that overlook the wildlife habitat, many of which have wonderful views of Sydney Harbour.  Guests will have a choice for four different room types; Bushland Room, Animal View Room, Harbour View Room and Treetop Suites.

Integral to the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga experience is its dining, featuring uniquely Australian menus with a strong focus on fresh local produce and native ingredients. The restaurant, Me-Gal, boasts some of the most spectacular views in all of Sydney. Through every element of its concept, design and experience, the Wildlife Retreat has been thoughtfully designed and curated to cater to couples and families alike, and to appeal to local guests as powerfully as it does international visitors.

Says Cameron Kerr, CEO of Taronga Zoo: “For a zoo to remain relevant, it must constantly evolve. Our new Wildlife Retreat at Taronga will deliver truly unique experiences to the people of Sydney, NSW, Australia and our international visitors.

Guests will leave not only rejuvenated, but also with the knowledge that their stay has made a meaningful difference to wildlife and its conservation.”

Owned and operated by Taronga Conservation Society Australia, the Wildlife Retreat will contribute essential funding towards the care of Taronga’s animals and broader conservation and education programs in Australia and around the world, as well as increasing employment opportunities in the areas of hospitality and tourism. Taronga is a not for profit organisation and works tirelessly to achieve a shared future for wildlife and people, striving to be a centre for conservation excellence and an inspiration to individuals and communities.