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Sydney's Newest Luxury Eco-Retreat Is Located Right in the Middle of Taronga Zoo

The 62 rooms will not only be located among the zoo's animals, but will have epic views over the zoo and Sydney Harbour.
By Libby Curran
August 26, 2019
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Sydney's Newest Luxury Eco-Retreat Is Located Right in the Middle of Taronga Zoo

The 62 rooms will not only be located among the zoo's animals, but will have epic views over the zoo and Sydney Harbour.
By Libby Curran
August 26, 2019
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If you prefer your overnight getaways with a healthy dose of wildlife thrown into the mix, Sydney's newest eco-retreat will be right up your alley — because it's located smack-bang in the middle of Taronga Zoo. Slated to open this October,  the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga is offering the ultimate sleepover with Sydney's biggest animals.

Currently you can glamp overnight at the zoo as part of the Roar and Snore experience, but this is the zoo's first permanent accommodation offering. The impressive new structure is the work of acclaimed Australian studio Cox Architecture, and will see five lodges built into the zoo's bushland. There'll be 62 designer suites all up, with choices of harbour, bush, animal or treetop views.

Best of all, the sounds and sights of Mother Nature will be literally out your front door — the retreat is located in a sanctuary where koalas, echidnas and platypus live. So you can wander out to spot some at your own leisure, or else join a tour to gain some more knowledge.

Me-Gal

Food is set to be another big drawcard here, as the retreat's will also boast a new restaurant, Me-Gal. It'll dish up an Aussie-accented offering centred around local produce and native ingredients.

As you have probably gathered, rooms at the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga don't come cheap. Rates start from $790 per night for two adults, which includes a two-course dinner, breakfast, general admission to Taronga Zoo, and a some exclusive Australian animal experiences. But, as well as a pretty unique experience, your cash will go towards a good cause. As the retreat is owned and operated by non-profit Taronga Conservation Society Australia, each stay at the retreat will contribute to helping the zoo caring for its animals, as well as contributing to conservation and education programs across Australia.

The retreat will no doubt be a drawcard for international tourists, but would make for a great night away for a special occasion where you really want to splash out.

The Wildlife Retreat at Taronga will open on October 10, 2019, at Taronga Zoo Bradleys Head Road, Mosman. You can book now here

Published on August 26, 2019 by Libby Curran

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