09/10/2012 07:37 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Hidden Gems: Sydney Icons Behind the Scenes (VIDEO)

Any trip to Australia is incomplete without a stop at the harbor city of Sydney. The city is full of iconic spots like the Sydney Opera House and the Taronga Zoo. But what most travelers don't know is within these well-known sites are some very cool behind-the-scenes experiences.

At the Sydney Opera House, early birds can actually get up onstage and conduct. And at the Taronga Zoo, you can arrange to have an up-close experience with Australian's most famous furry residents.

Watch me take the stage, learn about koala care, and go behind the scenes in the first installment of Hidden Gems: Australia.

For more Australian Hidden Gem adventures, watch Hidden Gems: Australia, Seaplane Adventures.