A giant step up from Roar and Snore, Wildlife Retreat at Taronga pulls out all the stops with luxurious accommodation and a restaurant with views of Sydney Harbour
If you love the idea of spending a night at Taronga Zoo but the thought of Roar and Snore‘s safari-style accommodation makes you break out in a sweat, soon-to-open Wildlife Retreat at Taronga could be right up your alley.
The impressive new retreat will not only gives guests 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, but all from the comfort of a five star room – many of which have harbour views.
Designed by leading Australian architects at Cox Architecture, the Wildlife Retreat features five environmentally-sensitive, sustainably-designed lodges built into the native bushland setting of Taronga Zoo, with 62 elegant rooms and suites that overlook the wildlife habitat, many of them with stunning views of Sydney Harbour.
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 – exclusive to Retreat guests – boasts some of the most spectacular views in all of Sydney.
Cameron Kerr, CEO of Taronga Zoo, said that the Wildlife Retreat has been thoughtfully designed and curated to cater to couples and families alike, as well as appeal to both international visitors and locals: “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.”
From their stylishly appointed room, guests will step out into a lush sanctuary where koalas and echidnas roam and platypus swim. They can choose to 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 their stay has made a meaningful difference to this not-for-profit, conservation-based organisation.
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.
“Through the Wildlife Retreat, we will foster genuine connections between people and Australia’s fascinating wildlife, and inspire them to care as passionately as we do about our most precious residents. Guests will leave not only rejuvenated, but also with the knowledge that their stay has made a meaningful difference to wildlife and its conservation,” Kerr said.
The Wildlife Retreat at Taronga opens to guests from Thursday 10 October 2019, with rates starting from $790 per night for two including a two-course dinner, buffet breakfast, immersive and exclusive Australian animal experiences and complimentary general admission to Taronga Zoo.