Taronga Zoo, Sydney
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 Zoo is one of the major tourist attractions in Sydney. The best way to get there is by ferry from Circular Quay. Once you arrive at the ferry landing on Mosma, take the tram up to the Zoo. You get a bird's eye view of the park and of Sydney Harbor.
I must say I was a bit disappointed with the Zoo. It was undergoing major restoration/construction and many of the exhibits and animals were not available for viewing. We were lucky enough to meet a travel writer who was staying at our hotel who gave us free passes to visit the Zoo. The free passes made up for any dissappointment as the entrance to the Zoo is a bit on the pricey side.
We did enjoy what little animals there were to see. One of the reasons why I wanted to visit the zoo was to see the koalas and kangaroos. You are allowed to be photographed with the koalas but you are not allowed to touch them.
This particular Koala had a joey in her pouch.
The koala area is located upon entering the park.
Make sure to take in one of the many bird and seal shows given throughout the day.
Showtimes are posted along the park and can also indicated on the park map.
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!?
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.
It is perfect for visitors who are interested in Australian animals and their environment. Taronga Zoo has about 340 species and over 2600 individual animals.
It is located along the waterfront, in one of the most beautiful points on Sydney Harbour overlooking Sydney Cove, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.
It's truly the best zoo I have ever been to. You can get FREE ANIMAL PRESENTATIONS AND SHOWS like Free Flight Bird Show, Seal Show...You also get to see kangaroos and wallabies, with the opportunity to hand feed them
Whilst not the cheapest thing to do ( at around 32 $ per adult) it is the most spectacular location for a zoo and there are certainly plenty of animals to look at and you will get a lot of exercise walking around. I've been to the zoo many times but had never been to a bird show ( which is fantastic & very hands on) which I would definitely recommend. Now that the elephants are there it would be worth going as their enclosure alone was quite a sight. The new aquarium enclosure will be wonderful when finished, but if merecats, pigmy hippos, lions & leopard pups don't excite you then nothing will!! If you're a zooo lover - try a tax deductable zoo friends sponsorship which allows free entry for two people for an entire year and you actually know that you are helping to feed whichever kind of animal it is you love , i.e. spider monkey!
Another Sydney’s family vacation package; No matter if you’re an adult or a kid, Taronga is worth visiting.
As you know Ozzy has very unique animals, which could be found nowhere else in the world like the Koalas, Wombats, Tasmanian Devils, Kiwi Birds and many more. Buy a *Taronga Zoo Pass* at the Circulay Quay and take the yellow / green ferry enjoy the wide-angular view of the CBD, this is maybe the only way to see the Opera House, Habor Bridge and the Sydney Tower at the same time.
I recommend coming here on Wednesday or Thursday, it’s the least crowded (no children bugging all around you) but some shows maybe canceled if there’re not enough audiences. My favorite thing to do is watching the Chimpanzee family, I just sat there for over 2 hours, they’re so like humans.
One of the best zoo i've ever been. It was terrific as they have almost all the animals and it took us 1 whole day to go around it. You can get to the Taronga Zoo thru ferry which takes roughly a 12 minute ride. But on our way back, they had rush hour at 5pm so we waited for almost 40 minutes before riding the ferry.