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  • Location: Sydney, Australia
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Get an up-close look at the animals of the world at Sydney Taronga Zoo — the zoo with a view! Situated on the foreshore of Sydney's magnificent harbor, Taronga Zoo has something for animal-lovers of all ages. This entry ticket provides general admission to the zoo, including the Sky Safari gondola. If you’re interested in seeing or learning about more of the wildlife, optional activities such as keeper presentations, animal encounters, a seal show and bird show are available; some of these activities require an additional cost at your own expense.

Highlights

  • 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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What You Can Expect

Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket

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

Your Sydney Taronga Zoo entry ticket provides general admission to the zoo and includes the Sky Safari gondola. Any guided tours, animal encounters and other optional activities inside the zoo are at your own expense.

After entering the zoo, make your way around its 10 themed areas — including Wild Australia, Wild Asia and the Great Southern Oceans — where you can see animals living in unique environments that imitate their natural habitats. Have your camera ready at all times, as views of Sydney Harbour and Harbour Bridge abound.

Don’t miss a ride on the Sky Safari gondola, which whisks you high above the zoo grounds, giving you bird’s-eye views of zoo inhabitants like elephants. It also provides photo ops of Sydney Harbour, Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

If you'd like a more up close and personal experience, you can pay for optional animal encounters with wildlife like koalas, giraffes and reptiles. Meet these fascinating creatures, and take home a souvenir photograph.

Education Officers can offer you and your family a wildly different learning experience, allowing you to go face to face with live animals. Learn about plants and animals in their natural environments, and develop an understanding and positive attitude about wildlife of all types. This experience gives visitors both young and old the skills and enthusiasm to actively participate in the care and conservation of flora and fauna in their own communities.

Sydney Taronga Zoo opened on October 7, 1916. Since then, the zoo has conducted 33 conservation breeding programs, 11 recovery programs, 10 in situ conservation partnerships and is involved in a further 10 major research programs for conservation. The zoo is a not-for-profit organization and maintains a proud international reputation for animal care and conservation.

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 see spectacular 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, so feel free to bring a picnic basket and enjoy lunch with views of Sydney Harbour

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Customer Reviews

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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.
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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.
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