Perhaps the most well-known zoo in Sydney is Taronga Zoo.
The highlights of the zoo for me personally were:
* the enclosure with roaming wallabies and an emu (see my photos),
* watching a keeper feed the beautiful birds,
* the elephant "show" (wasn't really a show but they looked so happy squirting water at their keepers),
* the view from the giraffe enclosure
* and seeing a random kookaburra (I spooked some random people by tiptoeing over to their picnic table and snapping photos of the kookaburra that landed behind them, they did soon join in with me though!).
I found the koalas, perhaps one of the main attractions at any Australian zoo, disappointing. I know koalas sleep 21 hours a day but I had a much better experience of them in Port Douglas.
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time as we ran out of time to go on the cable car and I think we may have missed a couple of the animals.
Taronga Zoo is a great day out and if you're like me you will be surprised at how small a platypus is and how big a wombat is!
Zoo is open 9am - 5pm and tickets are around $41 for an adult.
Check out the Sydney Seafood School at the Fish Markets - you watch an instructor cook a feast of food, then break into groups and learn to cook it all yourself. Great way to experience fresh seafood in Sydney.
Agree with Taronga Zoo, you can't miss that! Also if you're going to learn to surf anywhere, Bondi is definitely the place. Big Wave Dave says he has a 90% success rate in getting his students to stand on their first lesson.
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.
Want to see unique creatures from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific? Then the Taronga Zoo is the place for you. I saw it all except the elusive platypus.
Zoo entry plus Round Trip Fare on the Ferry is $48 AUS.
You can also get a water side view of the opera house on the ferry ride to/from the zoo.
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!
*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!?