Taronga Zoo, Sydney
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.
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..
Taronga Zoo is the nation's leading zoological garden, featuring Australia's finest collection of native animals and a diverse collection of exotic species. What makes Taronga something special is its location at Bradley's Head, Mosman. The zoo is situated on elevated land along the waterfront, in one of the most beautiful vantage points on Sydney Harbour.
As you zigzag your way up along the paths among the animal enclosures, you are able to enjoy magnificent harbour views. Although you can drive to the zoo, most visitors prefer to go there by ferry - a 12-minute ferry ride from Wharf 2, Circular Quay. The Taronga Zoo has its own jetty and you are able step off the boat and walk directly into the zoo.
The Zoo offers special pre-booked tours and educational talks.
I admit I am not a zoo expert, but this seems like a pretty good one to me. Not only does it have a huge variety of animals, it has one of the best views of Sydney.
Take a friend or take the family, this is a nice way to spend a day in Sydney for tourists and locals alike.
Kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, native birds, assorted marsupials, reptiles, crocs are all here as well as lions, tigers and bears! You'll also see rhinos. apes, monkeys, elephants and for a few $ you can feed the giraffes and get a photo with them too!
There is no shortage of options for lunch or a snack, if you plan ahead you can bring a lunch with you and enjoy the many areas to have a bite to eat. There's also at least one big gift shop with a big variety of goodies or souvenirs.
For the best value, make a whole day of it!
Taronga Zoo is a great zoo. It is situated at the north shore of Sydney. You have to take the ferry to get there from Circular Quay. Once on the other side of the harbour you can either decide to walk to the top, since the zoo is built on a hill, or you can take the chair lift, which is much more relaxing and exciting too.
Once at the top you can explore your way from there. A lot of the animals in the zoo are native australian animals. At the entrance you can immediately see some koalas for example. To get really close to them you can pay 3 dollars, which I thought was really worth it. On to the kangaroos, platypuses, emus etc. So much to see in this zoo, that also has a great view over Sydney's Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
A good tip is that you can buy a ticket at the Circular Quay ferry terminal which includes a return ferry trip to the zoo and entrance to the
zoo for only 31 dollars.
Taronga Zoo is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon. If arriving from the ferry, take the chairlift or bus to the top (Taronga Zoo is on a hill) - they're free. From the top its easy to work your way down.
There is a lot to do, there is the seal show and the bird show, both of which are entertaining and informative. You can also (for a dollar or two) get your picture taken feeding a giraffe or standing right next to a koala. If you are travelling solo one of the zoo staff will happily take a photo for you.
There are also many places in Taronga Zoo where you get superb views of Sydney Harbour.
The only thing is that buying lunch can be a bit on the expensive side.
If you love animals like I do, it would be worth your time to check out the zoo. This famous harbourside zoo is home to over 2,000 animals and is just a ferry ride away out of Circular Quay.
Once you arrive, you pay a reasonable entrance fee and are whisked away by cable car to the the upper main entrance of the zoo.
The zoo is clean, well kept, and does not smell. The animals seem to be quite happy here.
Special emphasis is placed on unique Australian wildlife exhibits, and animals are contained in environments closely resembling their natural habitat.
Maps are provided, so you know where you are heading when wandering down the many walkways. There is also a refreshment stand there. If you are tired, thirsty, or hungry, you can stop here to get a bite.
If you want to take a picture with a koala, you can, for a fee.My advice to you, go to Featherdale (about 30 minutes out of Sydney by train) where you can take your picture with a koala for free. Another thing, I know they used to let you hold the koalas in the past, but because it causes stress to the animal, they now prohibit that. Sure, how would you feel if hundreds of people wanted to hold you and flash cameras in you face everyday? Not fun at all.
I especially recommend that you stop by and watch the chimpanzees. I spent most of my time there watching their comical acts. They do some really weird stuff.
When leaving the zoo, and heading out to the ferry, notice the small beach to the right. That little beach is home to a group of faery penguins ( the smallest penguins in the world!). They go out to sea during the day and return to their little burrows in the sand at night. Just some info that I thought you might like to know.
I could go on and on, but the best thing for you is to go and see for yourself!
Located across the harbor and accessed by boat, this is Australia largest and best known zoo. Here, one can see animals from all over the world. But it is the exhibits on native animals that attracts most visitors. Gray and Red Kangaroos can be seen in open enclosures. Koalas, Tasmanians Devils and a host of other aussie critters can be seen as well. If your not looking for wildlife in the wild, this is perhaps the best place to get to see the full range of Australian animals in one place. Of course, there are birds, reptiles and amphibians as well. For anyone interested in nature, the Taronga Zoo is a must.
Taronga Park is where i wanted to visit on my Birthday in Sydney. Chris and I hopped on a ferry from Circular Quay to the Zoo. The ferry left us off at the pier and we had the option of taking a bus or a sky tram to the Zoo. The bus line was shorter so we hopped on board the bus for a short five minute ride up the hill to the zoo entrance. I coul;d hardly wait to see the Koalas that I had been so eagerly anticipating since we arrived in Sydney.
Taronga Park has an unelievable collection of animals from around the world as well as Native Australian species. Our first stop in the zoo was to experience an Animal Encounter with a Koala. We waited in line and enjoyed watching some of the Koalas sleep and get fed. Our turn came fast and we took a picture with a cute little Fuzzball that decided he wanted to "eat" my head. It turns out my shampoo had australian Aloe and was atrating the little guy for a closer inspection. Thankfully a trainer came and scoped him up before the claws reached my head.
The zoo was a fun day of taking in the animal exhibits and the great views of Sydney Harbour. some of my favorite exhibits were the koalas, kangaroos, giraffe, meerkats, mountain goats and red pandas. It was a fun adventure and a perfect way to spend my birthday morning/afternoon.
A very pleasant day out will be had by all at Taronga Zoo, although I do warn you that there is a lot of walking involved and a lot of hills also! So ... get your walking shoes on!!!
Taronga Zoo is situated across the Harbour Bridge and directly opposite the City/Opera House. It is on Bradleys Head Road at in the leafy elite suburb of Mosman. It is only a 12 minute ferry ride from the City, and this is probably the easiest way to get there, saves you driving and parking your car.
There is just so much to see and do here, you could easily spend a few days. There are animal presentations and shows, guided tours or you can even arrange an overnight stay at the Zoo, giving you an entirely different perspective of animal life at night and all the noises etc.
There are also several viewpoints from where you can take the BEST photos of Sydney from, you can get an idea from the Giraffe picture. BY THE WAY ... did you know that the Giraffe has the highest blood pressure of any animal??? Did you know why??? Well, obviously cos it has to pump the blood all the way up its long neck to its head!!! That was obvious wasnt it! Funny, that was a trivia question many years ago and my hubby Frank was the only one who knew that answer - isnt he clever!
The Zoo is well known and definately recommended. Catch a ferry directly to the Zoo from Sydney Harbour. You can see all the Australian animals, hold a Koala and see awesome scenery and Sydney in the distance. They also have night surfaries. Check it out!!!
Clean, friendly, well presented zoo less than 15 minutes from Sydney's CBD withover 2,000 animals. It is elevated on a hill across the the harbour from the Opera House and the views from the zoo are spectacular. Staff was super friendly.
It's fun for all ages, a great way to spend an entire day with friends or family.
Open 9am - 5pm every day of the year (inluding Christmas!)
Please check the web sites(below) for most up to date prices & packages
The Taronga Zoo is fantastic! :) I totally recommend the ferry trip across the harbour to get to the zoo...
When we visited in March 2004 there were baby tiger cubs and a lion cub...very cute!!! :)
Entry is around $25 for an adult but you can get discount cards out of most Sydney informationn brochures so check them out before you go along.
You can get a return ferry ticket from Cirqular Quay plus entry to the zoo for $31 adult, which is great value. Might I suggest catching the skybus or the bus to the top entrance of the zoo once you get off your ferry, or else you will be walking up hill for the majority of your zoo experience ( like we did). It was a very hot day when we went so it was extra hard work!
Try to get to see a keeper talk or feeding session while you are there. We watched the chimpanzees getting fed and heard a 1/2 hour talk which was really informative. Also saw a bird display which was great. The koala talk was really interesting, I found out some things about these Aussie natives that even I didn't know, and I see them all the time!
They are in the process of building a huge new elephant enclosure which is great news.
You can have your photo taken with giraffes and koalas at certian times of the day, check your zoo guide for this.
There are masses of photos of the zoo animals at soon to be made travelouge.
Oh incidentally, if you have ever heard that the giraffes at the zoo have the best view in Sydney, they are sooooo right, it is unreal!!!
Taronga is believed to be an Aboriginal word meaning 'water view' and Taronga Zoo definitely has one of the best water views in the World. (see my photo!)
Taronga Zoo is Australias major zoo.
The Zoo was officially opened in 1916 and since then millions of people have enjoyed its wonderful animals and spectacular grounds.
Taronga Zoo has about 380 species and over 2200 individual animals.
The zoo is open every day of the year and can also be reached by ferry from Circular Quay. Taronga offers live shows involving performing animals of all kinds.
There is a Sky Safari cable car which operates between the Zoo wharf and the Top Entrance. If you arrive by ferry as we did, it is advisable to take the cable car to the top entrance to start your visit. It goes over the grounds and is a wonderful 'birds eye view' of the zoo before starting the tour - also the best part for the kids! You can use the cable car as often as you like as it is unlimited with your admission ticket.
It is also easier to walk through the zoo 'downwards' towards the wharf rather than upwards as it is a little steep.
There are strollers to hire, ( $12 a day.) which was a good plan as it took us the whole day to see everything and little legs get really tired.
Fast food outlets offer hot and cold snacks at various places in the grounds.
Koala Encounters – Have your photo taken with a Koala! We missed this as there are certain times when they do it as koalas are very sleepy. They were all sleeping when we saw them.