Taronga Zoo, Sydney
*In case you are interested in wildlife,you could stay at the Toronga zoo one night!they have what is called roar and snore package!
*You could go to the blue mountains for a day trip.
*Dont miss the Darling harbour/circular quay area which come alive especailly in the nights.the area has plenty of eating options.
*Take a ride on the monorail.
*shop at paddy's market!
*go to the rocks.
*I found a lovely clock fountain in Hornsby(just outside the station)There are eating joints and a big mall nearby,perhaps one evening you could just go there for a meal and walk around the fountain area.The clock works due to the pressure of the water and is quite fascinating to watch.
A visit to Sydney would not be complete without a visit to the Taronga park zoo..this zoo is in such a wonderful location and is just a wonderful place to spend a day..there are all the Australian native animals here to be seen and up close ..walk among many species of Kangaroos and Wallabies..visit the Koala Bear house..and the nocturnal house is a must...great photo opportunities..set right on the shores of the Harbour some good photos of the city are here also..great conservation programmes here also with Western Plains Zoo..(see my Dubbo page) on the Western Plains zoo..
Do you want to see the famous animals in Australia? Such as Koala?
Visit the city zoo of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Officially opened on October 7th, 1916, it is located on the shores of Sydney Harbour in the suburb of Mosman. Taronga Zoo is managed by the Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales under the trading name, "Taronga Conservation Society", along with Dubbo's Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
ANOTHER NICE THING TO SEE WHILE YOUR IN SYDNEY IS TARONGA ZOO.
ITS A ZOO IN A LOVELY LOCATION LOOKING OUT OVER THE CITY...THOSE LUCKY ANIMALS ARE LIVING ON SOME OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE LAND IN AUSTRALIA !!!
WE TOOK THE FERRY FROM CIRCULAR QUAY ON THE SHORT 15 MIN TRIP OVER TO THE ZOO.
WHEN WE GOT OFF THE FERRY WE WHERE BUSSED UP TO THE MAIN ENTERANCE BUT YOU CAN ALSO GET THE CABLE CAR UP, BUT WE WHERE THERE AT 9AM AND THE CABLE CAR DOES NOT START TO 9.30 AM. YOU CAN ALSO GET A BUS TO THE ZOO FROM THE CITY AT WYNYARD BUS STATION. AND DEPART AGAIN FROM THE ZOO ENTRANCE.
THE ZOO HAS A LOVELY OLD ENTRANCE AND THE WHOLE PLACE HAS A REALLY GOOD FEEL ABOUT IT, THE STAFF ARE REALLY FRIENDLY AND ARE ALWAYS ON HAND TO POINT YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION OR TELL YOU WHAT THE LATEST INFO IS, LIKE THE DAILY SHOWS AND KEEPER TALKS.
ONCE INSIDE THE ZOO YOU ARE FREE TO RIDE THE CABLE CAR WHICH GIVES YOU A LOVELY VIEW OVER THE ZOO PLUS CRACKING VIEWS OUT OVER THE CITY.
THE CABLE CAR IS A GOOD WAY OF SEEING THE LAYOUT OF THE ZOO PLUS PINPOINTING THINGS YOU MIGHT WANT TO LOOK AT CLOSER LATER.
THE ANIMALS AT THIS ZOO ARE WELL TAKEN CARE OF AND THIS SHOWS IN THE FACT THAT LOOK HAPPY AND HEALTHY. WE HAD A GREAT DAY AT TARONGA AND THINK IT IS A LOVELY WAY TO SPEND A FEW HOURS WHILE YOUR IN SYDNEY.
PRICES ARE $39.00 FOR ADULTS
$19.00 FOR CHILDREN.
CHILDREN UNDER 4 FREE.
ZOO IS OPEN FROM 9AM TO 5PM
We took the Matilda Cruises Zoo Express across to the zoo and had a great harbour tour on both the forward and returning trip. We were given a comentary of historical sites, homes of the rich anfamous were pointed out to us and we went out to the harbour mouth. The all inclusive ticket also included the skytrain from the jetty to the zoo.
We had a great day wandering around the zoo the Giraffe's must have the best view of the city from their enclosure. There are plenty of places for food and drink to be purchased all around the park but there are also picnic areas that were being well used the day we were there. The tickets can be purchased at either Darling Harbour Pier 26 or Circular Quay Jetty 6. The zoo now has a teaching pool were you can be entertained by sealions and other sea animals unfortunatley we missed out on the show. It is a great day out for the whole family.
Taronga Zoo is a great place to visit for young and old!
They have a huge amount of Animals and a great Skylift that takes you over the whole zoo and you can see the animals from above, it's a great experience.
When I went they were building a new ocean section that wasn't open yet but is due to open sometime in 2008.
They also have demonstrations with animals throughout the day and feed times.
The Sydney zoo turned out to be a must. First, there were no animals to be seen in the wild in the middle of the continent where it was supposed to be teeming with them. Second, despite its originally off-putting price, the ticket includes not just the regular passive watching of semi-dosed animals but also entertaining shows where the birds or sea mammals are the stars. These are at least two of the good reasons to visit, not to mention the ferry crossing of the bay and the views of the Sydney harbour from the elevated point of the “bird amphitheater”. As juxtaposition to the Canadian approach to wild animals, the Australians have their beloved animals perform in order to raise awareness amongst the public for cleaner and safer environment with myriads of well-to-do species. This is not a Cirque du Soleil attitude. How can it be any different when Australia is a downunder and Canada is practically touching the North Pole!?
I've described Taronga Zoo in my intro to Sydney, but I must say again that it is a must see. If you aren't going to have a chance to wander up into Croc territory... you can see close up one of those huge Salties that Steve Irwin liked to play with. The birds of Australia are there to be enjoyed or giggle at. Your chance to see a Koala in the wilds is not too likely, much less an echidna, dingo or wombat... well here at the zoo you have your opportunity. I will always love seeing the big cats and apes of Africa & Asia, and Taronga offered me that chance again. The sister zoo in Dubbo, beyond the Blue Mtns wasn't as great, except for the huge tortoises.
The Toranga Zoo is the coolest Zoo I have ever been to. It's like a bunch of paths and on each path you go down there are animals to see. To me it felt like a safari (with an amazing view of Downtown Sydney!). It has so many animals that I had never seen before (in real life)! If I ever go back...more like when I do go back to Sydney, that will be the first place I will go!
Getting around the zoo was a lot of fun, it was our first zoo experience down under and we were in for a unique treat. A wide range of kangaroos make the zoo their home as well as storks, tree frogs, emus amd koalas. Pelicans, wallabies and exotic snakes are just a couple of the diverse animals and reptiles living at the zoo. We also found plenty of cafes and bistros serving food. There are also picnic areas located in the main areas of the park. It all adds up to its popularity by tourists as well for the locals.
What makes Taronga Park something really special is its location at Bradley's Head, Mossman. The Zoo is located at elevated land along the waterfront, in one of the most beautiful vantage points on the Sydney Harbour. We zigzagged our way up along the paths among the animal enclosures and we were able to enjoy magnificent harbour views.
Taronga Park Zoo is the nation's leading zoological garden, featuring Australia's finest collection of native animals and diverse collection of exotic species. This excellent Zoo does not restrict itselves to native animals like kangaroos and koalas, but most visitors will probably focus on the Australian fauna anyway.
We visited the Taronga Zoo on our second visit to Sydney. During our travels along the East coast we had encountered several native animals so our interest went out to the rest of the Zoo population. To make a decision like this is very important. Taronga is quite large and and extensive tour of each section is more than a day's worth of adventure. It has over 340 species and well over 2600 individual animals. So, we decided to visit thrilling places like the Giraffe House, the Aquarium and the Tiger Pits.
Opened in 1884, the Taronga Zoo is the first public zoo in New South Wales. The Taronga Zoo is located on the North side of the harbour. It's in a direct line of the center of Sydney. Just for its spectacular view on the Sydney skyline the Zoo is worth a visit.
Although you can drive to Taronga Zoo we prefered (like most visitors) to go there by ferry. You can reach the Zoo by the ferry from Circular Quay, from Wharf 2, which is a 12-minute journey. Once you're on the harbour of the Zoo there are three ways to travel to the enterance. Of course you can go by foot or by the bus, but the most spectacular way to do this is by cable railway (the Sky Safari cable car) along the hill towards the enterance. This journey provides spectacular views of the harbour. The most popular travel package referred to as the Zoopass, offers a there-and-back-again ferry ride, Zoo admission, as well as Sky Safari access.
After a visit to Germany in 1908 the elected Secretary of the zoo, Albert Sherbourne Le Souef, returned with a vision for a new Sydney zoo, based on the bar-less exhibits of Hamburg Zoo. The site at Moore Park had become too small and was not suited to the vision. A new site for the zoo was sought. On April 24th, 1912 the NSW Government granted 43 acres of land north of the harbour which were part of Ashton Park. Another 9 acres were granted in April 1916.
In 1913, Management of the zoo passed to a Trust named the New Zoological Gardens Trust which became the Taronga Zoological Park Trust.
The first exhibits to be built were the seal ponds, elephant temple, monkey pits, top entrance, aviaries, paths and roadways and the refreshment rooms. In all, 228 mammals, 552 birds and 64 reptiles were moved from Moore Park to Taronga. Many, including the elephants, crossed the harbour on board a flat top barge.
Taronga Zoo was officially opened on October 7th, 1916.
We spent the whole day at the zoo starting with the ferry from Circular Quay then onto the Gondola up to the top of the zoo. Very well set out, 90% of walking was downhill which was great for our son. Could have spent longer here but ran out of time.
The Taronga Zoo is a 15 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay. For about $40 Australian, you receive admission to the zoo, the return ferry ride and the bus or Sky Safari ride to the zoo entrance. I normally don't go to zoos when I travel as they don't provide a unique local experience and they all have similar if not the same animals. While Taronga Zoo has a few unique species, the real draw for me was the view across the water back to the city.
The giraffe/zebra area is fabulous as you get close enough to the animals to get great pictures - and the fence is placed so as to not block the view. The backdrop to the giraffes/zebras is the Sydney skyline including the opera house and Harbor Bridge. Another, immense view of the Sydney skyline is at the stadium where the Free Flight Bird Show is. The show is at 12noon and 3:00pm, but you can enjoy the view across the water anytime.