A few weeks ago, I stayed overnight with my five-year-old at Taronga Zoo for the Roar and Snore program, a phenomenal experience for us both. Being a non-camper, it was ideal for me – luxury camping in a safari tent where you wake to spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. I’d recommend this experience to any tourist or local.
Roar and Snore is a fully hosted experience that includes architecturally designed tents, a delicious roast feast next to the elephant enclosure, drinks in the main tent and lots of up-close animal encounters. The luxury camping experience has views of Sydney Harbour on one side and lions, snow leopards and meerkats on the other. The tents all have double and single beds (with electric blankets) and all linen is provided. There are also bathrooms with hot showers – now that’s my kind of camping!
The adventure starts just after 6pm with drinks and nibbles after settling into your tent. Then it’s time to meet some of Taronga’s creatures. We met a small crocodile, snakes and a few other friendly animals. It’s then off to dinner and at 9pm the night safari begins. I loved this part of the adventure, and though raining, it was an incredible adventure to walk around the zoo looking at the animals by torchlight. Unfortunately my five-year-old was asleep for most of the night safari so unless you have little ones who can stay up late, it might be best to save this one for when they are a little older.
The next day was incredible, and my daughter enjoyed the morning activities most of all. Waking up to views over Sydney Harbour, we shared breakfast and headed out to feed the giraffes before spending time in the nocturnal house hearing many zoo secrets. By 9am the official tour concludes and the rest of the day at the zoo is yours. For a full itinerary, click here.
Roar and Snore takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening throughout the year, and every night during NSW school holidays. Children must be at least five years old to attend.
Adult tickets start at $260 and children $185 for the Roar and Snore adventure.