Taronga Zoo is due to open Sydney’s newest luxury eco-retreat

You can wake up to the sounds of the animals rousing from their sleep while the sun rises over the harbour.

If you've ever wanted to experience an overnight safari, this is for you. Taronga Zoo are due to open their first permanent accommodation, the Wildlife Retreat, which provides guests with a completely unique and unforgettable experience. 

Designed by Australian architects, Cox Architecture, guests will be able to sleep in their designer suite while they look out to a full glass wall to see and hear animals roam around them. 

Opening on October 10, the retreat is comprised of five lodges, with guests having the option to either book a suite with a harbour, bush, animal or treeetop view. 

While the zoo currently runs a Roar and Snore glamping experience, offering guests an overnight experience in the zoo - this luxurious, eco-friendly retreat will be a permanent addition.

The retreat is positioned in the middle of a sanctuary where koalas, platypus and echidnas live, so you'll be able to meet the cute creatures up close.

And while staying at the retreat is the main drawcard, the hotel also comes with a brand new restaurant with spectacular, uninterrupted harbour and city views. 

Named, Me-Gal, the menu will focus on local produce and native ingredients while guests dine in the light, open plan room.

While the retreat offers a premium experience, it has a price tag to match. Rates start at $790 for two adults, which includes a two-course dinner at Me-Gal, breakfast and general admission to the zoo, as well  exclusive, up-close access to animals.

However, your money will be going towards something good. The retreat is owned by non-for-profit organisation, Taronga Conversation Society Australia, and each stay will be contributing towards the zoo, as well as conservation and education programs across the country. 

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