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Taronga Zoo Sydney Tours

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Easily the wildest place in Sydney, the Taronga Zoo Sydney is a sprawling sanctuary where over 4,000 animals crawl and chirp just minutes from the heart of downtown. Situated on Sydney Harbour a short ferry ride from Circular Quay, the sprawling sanctuary ranks as a top Sydney destination, with a range of tours, keeper talks, animal shows, and activities suitable for kids and adults. Visitors can see the fuzzy face of a native koala as it first wakes up from a nap, or stand a few feet from playful lemurs as they swing and play in the treetops. There are also opportunities to spot exotic species such as Malaysian sun bears, giraffes, and African lions, or marvel at a fearsome saltwater crocodile as it cruises through shallow waters.
 
The Basics:
The Taronga Zoo’s animals reside in 10 themed zones, each designed to resemble a natural habitat. Ticket options range from general entry tickets to admission with add-ons and upgrades such as supervised hand-feedings, behind-the-scenes experiences, and educational visits with Aboriginal guides to hear about the area’s indigenous connections to nature. There's even the chance to sleep at the zoo inside a classic safari tent, where visitors fall asleep to the sounds of the savanna but wake to views of the harbor. All tickets include a ride on the Sky Safari cable car, which glides above the zoo and provides an aerial view of the animals and Sydney Harbour. Those looking for convenience can book a tour that includes a Taronga Zoo visit, a Sydney Harbour cruise, and roundtrip transport from their hotel.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking through the extensive grounds.
  • The zoo is large and exhibits are spread out, so you might like to jump on the miniature train to get around.
  • All shows and presentations, food outlets, and shops are wheelchair accessible, as well as most exhibits and pathways, although some connecting paths are steep. 
  • Multi-attraction tickets offer admission discounts to top destinations such as the Taronga Zoo, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, the Sydney Opera House, and the Sydney Tower Eye. 
 
How to Get There
Taronga Zoo is on Little Sirius Cove, a couple of inlets east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The zoo is an easy and scenic 12-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay, from where ferries depart every 30 minutes. Ferries also depart daily from Darling Harbour and Manly. Upon arrival at the Taronga Wharf, either ride the Sky Safari cable car to the zoo entrance on top of the hill or take the zoo's shuttle bus from the ferry dock to the entrance gates. Public buses and trains also connect to the zoo, and paid parking is available.

When to Get There
The zoo is open daily from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Keeper talks take place throughout the day and are included with admission. Special events occur throughout the year, such as a summer evening concert series and a colorful light art exhibit during the city’s annual Vivid Sydney festival around May and June.
 
Views from the Zoo
Taronga is an aboriginal phrase that means “beautiful view.” Indeed, the zoo boasts sweeping views of Sydney Harbor and landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Snap a photo of giraffes with Sydney’s skyscrapers in the background, or soak in the scenery while relaxing at one of the picnic areas overlooking the harbor. For another perspective, test your limits on the ropes course (additional cost).
Address: Bradleys Head Road, Sydney, New South Wales 2088, Australia
Hours: Daily 9:30am–4:30pm (May-Aug), 9:30am-5:00pm (Sept-Apr), 9:30am-4:00pm (New Years Eve)
Admission: Varies
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Sydney

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Fantastic Zoo
Robert_C
, Feb 2020
Awesome zoo that is laid out great. Has all the unique Australian wildlife you would expect and hope to see. Well worth the price and would do again.
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Highly organised Zoo
showkathalibasheer
, Jan 2020
Good place to spend a day,take a ferry ride from the circular quey to Torango zoo.A lot of sitting place to take rest chill for a while and walk,very clean and organised zoo.I refer to any age categories.
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Taronga Zoo
Archangel1502
, Jan 2020
I really enjoyed going to Taronga, it was my favourite place as a kid and it didn't let me down this visit either. I can't wait for the new attractions to be opened for my trip next year.

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Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket

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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 cable car, 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Taronga Zoo Sydney hours of operation?
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Taronga Zoo Sydney hours of operation: Daily 9:30am–4:30pm (May-Aug), 9:30am-5:00pm (Sept-Apr), 9:30am-4:00pm (New Years Eve). Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Taronga Zoo Sydney tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Taronga Zoo Sydney can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 13 Taronga Zoo Sydney tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Taronga Zoo Sydney 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Taronga Zoo Sydney costs USD 34.64. Guided Taronga Zoo Sydney tours start around USD 34.64 per person. See all 13 Taronga Zoo Sydney tickets and tours on Viator.
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