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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

It was a very pleasant trip. The zoo worth to be visited you can spend few good hours there. I want to mention that we had iVenture card and doesn't worth to buy it. They say Swipe and go, there is not such a thing, you have to stay in line at each place you want to visit with everybody else to pick up the ticket. And i lost time going to a certain place to pick up the card, it is probably 10 bucks cheaper for 5 events but too much time lost to pick up the card and then wait in every line like you are buying ticket. When we wanted to go with the Hop on Hop off the bus driver told us that we have to go to a certain location to pick up the tickets for the bus, and that because we had the iventure card, otherwise we could simply pay to him and get on the bus. And when outside is plus 40 C walking to a ceratin location is not very pleasant. Just decide where you want to go and stay in line and buy the ticket, is much easier.

Jay J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Loved it from beginning to end. Get there early to book the animal experiences. We did the Koalas and it was fabulous. Take the cable car to the top and work your way down. There is still lots of climbing but it is the easier way to do it.

Donald D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great zoo. Takes all day to see all the exhibits.

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.

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