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Take in panoramic views of top Sydney landmarks as you cruise through Sydney Harbour en route to Taronga Zoo. Your package includes round-trip cruise from Darling Harbour or Circular Quay to the zoo, and a ride on the Sky Safari Gondola, which whisks you uphill from the boat dock to the main entrance of Taronga Zoo. From the gondola, get an early peek at some of the zoo's inhabitants, such as giraffes, big apes, and native animals like kangaroos and koalas.


  • Sydney Harbour cruise and entrance ticket to Taronga Zoo
  • Hear informative commentary on board the cruise
  • View Sydney landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge from the cruise and the zoo
  • Ride the Sky Safari Gondola across the Asian Rainforest and Amazon exhibits
  • Enjoy keeper talks and animal feedings that are scheduled daily
  • Have time to explore Taronga Zoo at your own pace

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What You Can Expect

Sydney Harbour Cruise with Taronga Zoo Entry Ticket

Sydney Harbour Cruise and Taronga Zoo

Make your own way to the boat dock at either Darling Harbour or Circular Quay to board the spacious vessel that takes you out on the waters of Sydney Harbour. Soak up views of the waterfront, skyline, and famous landmarks including Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Fort Denison as your boat cruises across the scenic harbor to the north shore, where you disembark for the zoo.

With your Taronga Zoo admission ticket and cruise, you can take the Sky Safari gondola from the waterfront up the hill to the main entrance of the zoo. Peek out of the windows of the fully-enclosed gondola cabin for an aerial perspective on some of the zoo's residents.

Once inside the zoo, enjoy taking in the many exhibits at your own pace. More than 2,900 animals live here in 10 themed areas — including Wild Australia, Wild Asia and the Great Southern Oceans. The enclosures mimic the natural habitat of each creature. Check the daily schedule for keeper talks, which focus on animals such as Tasmanian devils, little penguins, giraffes, lemurs and koalas. You may want to watch the seals in action at Seal Theatre or catch the free-flight bird show, where birds of prey demonstrate their hunting skills.

Enjoy sweeping views of iconic sights such as Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House both from your boat cruise and the Taronga Zoo, aka 'the zoo with the view.'

Taronga Zoo also has many picnic areas; feel free to bring a picnic basket and enjoy lunch with views of Sydney Harbour, or purchase food at one of the on-site cafes or restaurants. When you have finished your zoo visit, simply return to the dock to catch the cruise back to Circular Quay or Darling Harbour.

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Customer Reviews

Fraser Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great day out. Lots to see and do.

Wolf H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Superb full day trip from the moment we stepped aboard Captain Cook Cruises at Wharf 6 Circular Quay.
We would recommend this trip to everyone


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016


Carolyn L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This went smoothly. It's a short but beautiful boat ride and same for the gondola, but both are worth the extra money for an extra fun trip to the zoo.

Kylie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Highly recommend this tour loved it!!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

An excellent trip. Very versatile in boat timings to allow you to enjoy the zoo for as long as you want. Leonie was giving a talk on our boat in each direction and was informative with a delightful sense of humour. A really good way to combine a cruise with a trip to the zoo. Be aware that you will not get close to koalas unless you buy a koala experience ticket at the zoo. The keepers are very knowledgeable. There is a large emu strolling freely about who is a bit scary ! It's a lovely place that has conservation as a focus.

Karen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The Zoo was great and taking the ferry is definitely the way to go.

Elizabeth E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Love this the very friendly staff on the cruise went out of their way to assist us couldn't fault the tour guide Elizabeth was such a pleasant lady

Nancy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Matt A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Such a fun visit! We enjoyed going with Captain Cook across Sydney Harbour. The folks were nice and the tour was laid back and fun. We hopped a train to Circular Quay which spits you right out at the warf. Captain Cook cruises was at warf 6 - but it's easy to find once you get off the train.

They take you right over to Taronga and you can take the sky rail up to the zoo entrance. Worth doing I think. The park felt a bit like I imagine Jurassic Park might feel like. : Lots of fun and some great animals to see. We had a blast.

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