Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo is 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: From: $44.49 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket

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: $122.12 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket and Wild Australia Experience

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. 

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • 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

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Line Nearest Station Walking Time
T2 or T3 + FerryCircular 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 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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Rated 4.4 out of 5Taronga Zoo Sydney Star Rating

5 Star Rating A very well maintained zoo with relatively happy animals that are mostly rescued and nurtured back to be released or intended for conservation &educational purposes. Highly recommended for all ages. Plenty of interesting things to see for everyone. The view of Sydney harbour is amazing, the bird show and seal show are not to be missed. An excellent facility to teach everyone especially children on the subject of sustainability and environmental awareness issues. Be sure to turn up early to cover the huge complex. The facilities are very good; plenty of water fountains to refill your bottle, clean toilets, a lot of shades for picnics and enjoying the nature. Kids would love the farm animals bit where they can feed and pet them, the playgrounds are added bonus! Be sure to bring hats and spare clothes as they can get wet and messy-fun! For locals(with children especially), get an annual membership to make the most out of this fantastic place!

squid24 - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating Taronga Zoo is upgrading their savanna exhibit, but even their current exhibits are great. I went with the roar and snore program and it was absolutely awesome. My partner and I loved it. The hosts were well informed and passionate about the animals and the causes. Seeing the animals in their downtown with only a small group of people was more enjoyable and the behind the scene events were great. We got the tiger and giraffe in the morning and they were adorable. The view of the campsite was great as you see the beautiful Sydney icons over the harbour.

Michael C - 16 days ago

5 Star Rating Visited on a winter's afternoon and it was a terrific day. The animals were very active because feeding time was close by, which in my experience is the time you should aim to visit zoos. The chimpanzees and monkeys were a delight to watch. I was surprised there were so many baby animals about and I think that is a sign of the quality of the zoo. The cafe/restaurant near the top entrance was reasonably priced and won't break the bank for small families. There are also many grassy areas to sit at if you would like to bring along a picnic.

Melissa Buskens - 23 days ago

5 Star Rating Really good emphasis on conservation. Good ethos throughout. Extensive building works ongoing currently. All the animals looked well kept and happy. Great views across the bay in between looking at the amazing animals. Very reasonable entry cost when bought combined with ferry ticket. Sky car is a neat little way to get to the top too. Don't miss the gorgeous little frogs exhibit! The bird show was also fantastic.

Bethan Morris - 30 days ago

5 Star Rating Lovely zoo! The ride to the zoo with the ferry is what makes it very Sydney-like. We didn’t take the gondola as there were loads of people waiting so we simply walked everywhere but that was so lovely. It was very busy around lunchtime, but after about 3pm people started to leave so it was nice and quiet. The animals are in good shape and seem happy. Caretakers seemed also very professional and caring! The bird show was excellent 👍🏽 I wish it were a bit longer than 12 minutes though. Overall, a wonderful experience!

Naomi Dukes - 1 month ago


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