An animal lover’s guide to Sydney

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Sydney may just be an animal-lover's dream destination.


Whether furry, fluffy, smelly or loud, you love them all – animals! And when on a holiday to Sydney, there are plenty of activities to do that involve fun with animals.

Here is a quick guide on some furry-activities around The Macleay Hotel to warm your animal-loving heart.

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Toronga Zoo 

Zoos may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Toronga Zoo isn’t like many other zoos! It’s a non-profit organisation that specifically aims to support wildlife conservation. Here, you’ll find that all the animals are happy and well cared for, and if you book a Wild Australian experience, you will even get to see this up close!

Book online for a discount on tickets and make sure you get there early! Staying in a location as central as the Macleay Hotel should help.

Wild Life Sydney Zoo

Staying on-trend, it’s another zoo! The Wild Life Sydney Zoo is set in Darling Harbour, and offers you the finest specimens that Australia has to offer. You’ll get to see kangaroos, crocodiles and koalas, among many more animals.

If you’re a big fan of breakfast and just food in general, definitely try out the Koala Breakfast! No, you don’t get to eat these cuddly creatures, instead, you get a full tour of the zoo and can enjoy a full buffet breakfast with koalas for company! Learn about these cute marsupials as you dine and grab a selfie or two.

Do you dare to swim amongst sharks?Do you dare to swim amongst sharks?

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

Splash out this holiday and treat yourself to an immersive, underwater experience! You’ll get to observe sea creatures in the world’s largest collection of Australian aquatic life. There’s sharks, seahorses, stingrays, turtles, jellyfish, platypus, penguins and even the odd-looking dugongs, just to name a few!

Book a boat tour to get a glimpse behind the scenes or, if you’re brave enough, have a quick swim with some sharks!

Catmosphere Sydney

What do you get when you combine coffee, space and cats? A space-themed cat cafe, of course!

It’s every cat-lover’s dream. Bask in the company of slinky felines as you enjoy a coffee with a cat-shaped cookie. You can even browse a range of adorable kittens up for adoption. Be careful, or you may have to explain to the Macleay Hotel staff why you’re trying to sneak a few cats into your room!

If you’re after some exercise as well, just combine it with your cat cafe visit – called Yoga with the Catstronauts, it’s 45 minutes of cardio activity with 15 minutes of cooling down/cat cuddling time. What more could you wish for?

Snuggle up with a feline friend whilst enjoying your latte.Snuggle up with a feline friend whilst enjoying your latte.

Hopefully one (or all!) of these places tickles your fancy. Make sure you’ve got everything sorted for your trip to Sydney, including accommodation at The Macleay Hotel. All that’s left to do is to visit some animals!