Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo is considered to be one of the world's most beautiful zoos

That's one tall giraffe
That's one tall giraffe cc licensed photo by Shayan (USA)

A fun 12 minute ferry ride across Sydney Harbour lands you right at beautiful Taronga Zoo. The name Taronga means beautiful view and is certainly appropriate. The zoo is located on a 52 acre site situated right on the north side of the harbour across from downtown Sydney.

Taronga Zoo first opened in 1916 replacing the first zoo in New South Wales that opened in Moore Park in 1884. The concept was to avoid bars and create a more natural environment for the animals. Today the zoo continues with a tradition of conservation and education. It is the first zoo in Australia to successfully breed an elephant and the second to breed a platypus. You can see, photograph and even interact with some of the 2600 animals representing 340 species. Zoo keepers hold interesting talks throughout the day.

For even more spectacular views you can enjoy a ride on the gondola which carries you above the zoo from the Ferry Wharf to the Main Entrance. Since you will probably want to spend the better part of a day here you can get something to eat form Bakhits's Cafe which has a regular dining area or take-out. You can also pack you own picnic lunch taking advantage of the picnic and BBQ facilities located around the Zoo's walking circuit.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes.

Taronga Zoo Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088, Australia

Phone: (02) 9969 2777

Official Website: Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating When we were planning our trip, I didn't expect we could spend 6 hours here. It was truly a fascinating experience. It made me very happy that the animals did not live too close to their natural habitats. I saw tigers, koalas, red panda and penguins for the first time in my life. It was a great opportunity to sell souvenirs and have dining areas inside. When you come here, take into account the possibility of taking a lot of photos and take your powerbank with you. Don't forget your sunglasses, hat, water bottle and sneakers.
Ilgın Özer - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Awesome views from the Zoo of Sydney Harbour & Bridge. Taronga Zoo has awesome up close enclosures to view all the animals as well. It's really easy to get to by the Ferry. Had an awesome day. Do yourself a favour & visit. The views across the harbour to the city are worth it on their own & the animals are a bonus 😀 Just do it!! P.S. Buy your tickets online & save yourself a few bucks. Enjoy
Mark Eekelschot - a month ago

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5 Star Rating The best place to experience Australia's fauna if you are in Sydney. Check the times of seal and bird watching shows so you can plan accordingly. 4 hours were enough for me to check most of the animals, including 15 mins of observing a kangaroo itch herself. There are 2 spots each to watch koalas and kangaroos. Very satisfied with the experience overall.
Abha Kumari - in the last week

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5 Star Rating Great location and views of the city. An not for profit community. Animal's in comfortable surroundings. Elephants , TAS devil, giraffe , gorilla etc. Cafe and restaurant ,gift shop. Wheelchair accessible and information ℹ️ centre. Great customer service friendly staff Australian nocturnal animals and marsupial 🦘 are for your viewing.
Andrew Lewis - 2 weeks ago

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4 Star Rating First of all it is a Zoo, for those who do not like to see animals locked up it is a problem. In my case, I think those animals are well cared for, and they receive very good care. The zoo is very clean in general, and the workers are very communicative and help you whenever you have any questions. The crystals to see the lions were so dirty that they don't let the animals see well, I think it's the only thing I can emphasise.
Yadys M - a week ago

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Directions

Line Nearest Station Walking Time
L2, T2, T3, or T8 + Ferry F2Circular Quay1 minute

How to get to Taronga Zoo by

By Train and Ferry: Make your way to Circular Quay Station by Train or Bus and board the F2 Taronga Zoo Ferry which usually operates out of Wharf 2. This is an enjoyable 12 minute ferry ride that departs every 30 minutes at 10 and 50 minutes past the hour on weekdays and every 20 minutes at 0, 20 and 40 minutes past the hour on weekends. Exit the ferry and follow the walkway around the perimeter of the cul-de-sac to the stairs or elevator up to the zoo entrance.

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