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  • Location:Sydney, Australia
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Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket

Located on shoreline of Sydney Harbour, Sydney Taronga Zoo is home to thousands of fascinating animals, including Australian natives such as the koala, kangaroo and platypus. With your admission ticket, you gain entrance to the zoo along with the Sky Safari gondola, which gives you the chance to look down into the animal enclosures and enjoy sweeping views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city skyline. Check the schedule for daily keeper presentations, or book an animal encounter or guided tour (own expense) for a more in-depth experience.


  • General admission ticket to Sydney Taronga Zoo
  • See more than 350 different animal species from around the world
  • Explore the large grounds with views of Sydney Harbour
  • Watch an amazing free-flight bird show
  • Enjoy family fun and tricks at the seal show
  • Ride the Sky Safari gondola for aerial views of the zoo
  • Get closer to animals like giraffes and koalas with wildlife encounters (own expense)

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Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket

The Zoo's Education Officers will help you get up close and personal with many of the animals.

Sydney Taronga Zoo opened in 1916 and has since become a major force for animal care, research and conservation. You can take the ferry from Circular Quay to the zoo, a scenic ride that lasts about 10 minutes and gives you stunning waterside views of the harbor city. Don’t miss a ride on the Sky Safari gondola, which whisks you high above the zoo grounds, giving you a bird’s-eye view of zoo inhabitants like elephants and big apes. It also provides photo ops of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera House.

Your Sydney Taronga Zoo ticket is valid for general admission to the zoo and the Sky Safari, the only cable car in Sydney. Once inside the zoo, proceed around ten themed areas where the animals live in surroundings similar to their natural habitats. Some of the featured themes focus on Wild Australia, the Great Southern Oceans and Wild Asia. During the daily keeper talks, you can witness an in-depth presentations about specific animals such as Tasmanian devils, giraffes, lemurs, little penguins and koalas.

Other optional activities such as animal encounters and guided tours can be booked at your own expense. If you're inspired to try swinging through the trees, Wild Ropes offers a low and high level ropes course for an adrenaline-fueled activity suitable for adults and older kids. You might even spot koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and emus as you make your way through the trees. Education Officers can offer you and your family a learning experience with live animals and plants in their natural environments, and develop an understanding about wildlife of all types.

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How to get to the zoo:
The easiest way to get to the zoo from central Sydney is by ferry. Not only is it convenient but it’s also a great way to get on the waters of Sydney Harbour. Ferries depart from Wharf 2 at Circular Quay every 30 minutes. When you arrive at Taronga Wharf, take the Sky Safari gondola to the top entrance of the zoo. The gondola is included in the price of zoo admission. Alternatively, you can take the zoo bus service that meets every ferry.

Food options:
  • Taronga Food Market – Located near the elephant enclosure with indoor and outdoor seating; offers six different food and beverage outlets
  • Cafe Harbourview – Cafe-style menu featuring Mediterranean plates, salads, hot food and cakes
  • The Fish Stop – Offers salt-and-pepper squid, calamari, garlic prawns and fish and chips
  • Terrace Cafe – Located inside the main entrance and offers a range of sandwiches, wraps, pastries, coffee and drinks
Taronga Zoo also has many picnic areas; feel free to bring a picnic basket and enjoy lunch with views of Sydney Harbour

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The zoo has a diverse range of displays and attractions that transports you to different natural environments. The seal show and bird show are both a highlight - entertaining and informative. However a trip to Taronga Zoo is worth it for the Sky Safari gondola ride alone from the harbour foreshore to top of the zoo, and back providing wonderful views. As a matter of fact the whole zoo has stunning views back over sydney harbour to the city that you can take in as you make your way through the native to overseas exhibits. You couldnt ask for a better panorama of the city. The zoo is set on the winding hillside of the north harbour and is a perfect setting, very appealing for families or visitors to sydney.

Phoenix K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great views of the city and the animals. Educational and fun for all. Be sure to bring your own food though, as the food options here, like with any theme park, its low quality food with high pricing.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I always love going to taronga zoo!

Calvin T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015


Susan K. T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

What a great zoo! Really enjoyed the whole experience: From the ferry trip over and the cable car ride up the hill, to the wonderful animals in their great habitats. Not to be missed!

Caroline L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very good


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

2 adults and 2 children under 8 years. The whole family loved the seal show and bird show. Not only was it highly entertaining, but educational and reinforced the importance of being a responsible sustainable citizen. We thought the staff were very helpful and informative when it came to the kids questions about the animals. Even though we didn’t partake in it, there was a challenging high ropes course which I look forward to completing with the kids when they are a bit older. There were lots of toilets, including disabled, and plenty of cafes and restaurants. To save money, we took our own food and drinks and easily found picnic tables and grass areas to eat from or relax in. The exhibits were large, clean and stimulating for the animals. Whist it could a little expensive to enter, it is obvious the Zoo invests their money into the animals and their surrounds to make for a educational and inquisitive environment for the whole family. A definite MUST for a holiday activity.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

I had never seen a kangaroo, wallabies, Emu, or wombats, but this zoo had all the animals I wanted to see. I have seen the koalas before, but this zoo definitely had more. Some of them awake! My favorite part was the Australian walkabout which basically is a wide open space with no fence between you and the animals. I feel like they could have come up to us and we can pet them. It was definitely the best zoo experience I had so far. The unexpected part was how you can see the city from the zoo. It really had a great view of the city and the water so you were able to see the a giraffe with the background of the whole Sydney skyline. I would highly recommend this spot to any visitors.

Jennifer W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Great zoo! Beautiful exhibits and it is a marvel that it is built into a "hill." We tried to buy a behind the scenes tour, but Viator doesn't update their website quickly enough and all the behind the scenes tours were sold out -wasting valuable time to find this out! Advice: book a behind the scenes tour ASAP, but even if you can't do that, you can still get up close to the kangaroos. You won't be able to hold a koala though. It's still a great opportunity!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This tour was amazing!

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