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
Official Website: Taronga ZooFee: From: $49.35 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations
Get an up-close look at the animals of the world at Sydney Taronga Zoo — the zoo with a view! Situated on the foreshore of Sydney's magnificent harbor, Taronga Zoo has something for animal-lovers of all ages. This entry ticket provides general admission to the zoo, including the Sky Safari cable car. If you’re interested in seeing or learning about more of the wildlife, optional activities such as keeper presentations, animal encounters, a seal show and bird show are available; some of these activities require an additional cost at your own expense.
From: $129.92 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations
Go behind-the-scenes at Sydney Taronga Zoo for an in-depth, interactive and close up encounter with Australian wildlife. Get close to a wallaby and take photos with a koala during this intimate small group tour which has a maximum of only eight participants. Led by a professional zoo keeper, you'll learn all about Australian animals as you meet them face-to-face at Sydney Taronga Zoo.
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- Monday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
- Tuesday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
- Wednesday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
- Thursday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
- Friday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
- Saturday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
- Sunday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Bradleys Head Rd
Mosman New South Wales 2088
Phone: +61 2 9969 2777
Jennifer H. May-30-2020
This is the furthest we ventured from Sydney CBDCBD during our trip there in January 2020. We had to ensure every destination was accessible, and Taronga... Read More
Edward H. Mar-06-2021
The location is lively. Easily accessible from the Circular Quay. Your either going up or down here, the zoo is built on a hillside. The grounds are... Read More
Joanna T. Sep-25-2019
We had a hard time choosing between Taronga and Featherdale but ended up here because the trip was so much shorter. It's a quick ferry ride from Circular... Read More
Accommodations near Taronga Zoo:
|Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|L2, T2, T3, or T8 + Ferry F2||Circular Quay||1 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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