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Sydney Harbour Ferry with Taronga Zoo Entry Ticket

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  • 4 to 8 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


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 Circular Quay to the zoo as well as admission where you can meet our incredible animals.
  • 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
  • Enjoy keeper talks and animal feedings that are scheduled daily
  • Have time to explore Taronga Zoo at your own pace

What's Included

  • Round-trip by Sydney Harbour cruise to Taronga Zoo
  • Taronga Zoo Entry
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Circular Quay Wharf 6
    Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

    Please check in for your return ferry and Zoo Entry tickets from the ticket office located at the wharf at least 20 minutes prior to departure. Ticket office is open from 9:00am and first cruise departure from Circular Quay Wharf 6 at 9:15am.

Start time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

Opening hours

  • 4/1/2023 - 3/31/2024

    Monday - Sunday : 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Make your own way to the boat dock at 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.

Once inside the zoo, enjoy 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.

Taronga Zoo

5 hours Admission Ticket Included

Sydney Harbour (Pass By)

Circular Quay (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Special timetables operate on public holidays and special event dates
  • Timetables are subject to change without notice
  • Taronga Zoo is open from 9:30am to 4:30pm daily
  • To ensure you have enough time to visit the many exhibits in Taronga Zoo, it is recommended that you board the first departing ferry of the day.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travel must begin with Captain Cook Cruises ferry from Circular Quay Wharf No.6
  • Cruises operate from Wednesday to Sunday
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 120 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips

Traveling with kids can be hard so you need to find activities so everyone can enjoy.
The zoo is a must for all visitors to Sydney.
I would recommend going for a few hours so you can see all the unique animals they have.


300 reviews
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This zoo is for you!
Tiffanie_M, Jun 2023
It is definitely a MUST DO when traveling to Sydney. I will surely go back. It was one of the best zoo experiences I have ever had. I lived every minute of it!
Good package deal.
Carol_L, Jun 2023
The Zoo was excellent. The ferry ride and Zoo package is only way to go. So easy. A lot of the animal dens were closed, like gorillas. That was disappointing but no fault of tour operator.
Mandy_B, May 2023
The giraffe experience was well worth the extra money. An experience I will never forget. Great day both the zoo and the trip via ferry.
The Great Adventure
Katrina_K, May 2023
The travel on the boat was my highlight got to see Sydney in a different way. And we loved the zoo. Easy to find the terminal to the ferry ⛴️ and the staff was helpful and friendly.
A day at the zoo
Wendy_P, May 2023
🐘 elephants One of the best. It was a great day & my granddaughter thought it was fantastic. It was wonderful to see such animals so close
Wonderful experience- the ride to the zoo
Becky_C, May 2023
The ferry ride was fun and it was lovely getting to see so many animals. Tiger exhibit was particularly creative for kids.
Response from Host, May 2023
Hi Becky, We are so pleased that you and your children enjoyed your cruise to Taronga Zoo! We hope you had a wonderful day. Thank you for taking the time to leave this lovely review, and we hope to see you again soon. Regards, Captain Cook Sydney Team
Trip to zoo
Arish_A, May 2023
It was a very easy process catching the ferry and getting to the zoo And coming back. With young children.
Ferry Fun
Mary_D, May 2023
I really enjoyed my ferry excursion to the zoo. It was a beautiful way to travel and I enjoyed the scenery. Would definitely recommend this to any one interested in this type of excursion.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Enjoyed the zoo and the quick ferry ride
Aret_S, Apr 2023
The kangaroos and the koalas were very cute. Would have preferred getting the regular ferry since this package didn’t give much of anything more than simply dropping us off at the zoo port. But still enjoyed the day.
Loved the koala bears and...
azatchison, Apr 2023
Loved the koala bears and kangaroos. Nice being up very close to the giraffes and elephants. Being from outside of Australia this experience was special. Great experience with the ferry system.
Great time at zoo
Didier_L, Apr 2023
All this species made we closer to the one who created them , and felt little compared to these varietes.
Disappointed Experience
rickandchris, Apr 2023
Though the ferry experience was quite convenient, the zoo was disappointing. The exhibits were so spread out and confusing to find. Australian animals were spread out and far away. Lots of walking with hills and steps to get around, though did have good access for strollers and other wheeled devices. A number if exhibits were closed for renovation.
Taronga Zoo extravaganza
Samantha_D, Apr 2023
Excellent experience. Easy to access transport and Taronga zoo is so amazing. Very family friendly. I’m
Great Experience!
Nicole_Y, Apr 2023
Great experience! Thoroughly enjoyed my time on the ferry, where I was able to see both the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge! My day at the zoom was also great, I was able to see all the animals that were in exhibit!
disappointed with organisation
Manu_M, Apr 2023
I had taken zoo ticket with return ferry ticket.But the person at the counter didn't actually give the exact ferry times but simply handed out the timing paper.Due to easter there were some changes . we lost the captain cook cruise and had to purchase another ferry ticket for 30 dollars. that could have been avoided.otherwise it was perfect
Zoo visit
Donna_C, Apr 2023
The Zoo was a joy. The animals were kind enough to be visible. Map given to me was easy to follow. Ferry was on time and clean.
Ferry time table wasn’t given to us, ferry sailing times we way to far apart, public transport ferry was cheaper.
Vytautas_A, Apr 2023
Do not buy ticket via Viator. Public ferries are more convenient to use, there is confusion redeeming the tickets in the zoo.
Day at the Zoo
Richard_F, Mar 2023
Ferry ride good. Amazing animals,birds,reptiles at the zoo. It must have been school yrip day as lots of students of various ages. They didnt affect our experience. Well worth the money
We loved the free talks,...
Larissa_P, Mar 2023
We loved the free talks, especially the bird and seal shows! Also loved catching a ferry to the zoo, very convenient and fun!
Taronga zoo
Timothy_W, Mar 2023
Good to get close up to the koalas although you need to get to the zoo early as it gets booked up The animals we saw looked well cared for and had plenty of room
Big Up Aussie Animals!
Perry_F, Mar 2023
We loved seeing the koalas and the talk was short,enjoyable and an informative experience. The kangaroos and wallabies were a joy to see but their enclosure looked very small. The Cassowary was extraordinary but again the enclosure for it and the pygmy hippo looked miserable. I hope the new plans for the Australian enclosures favour them rather than non Australian species.
Zoo and Ferry
Lauren_D, Mar 2023
Efficient. Good view of city from water. Just make sure to get to ferry dock on time. Take the bus to the top of the hill and enter the zoo from there. Zoo was fun and lots of cool animals.
You don’t need to book a tour
Jodie_D, Mar 2023
The zoo is a pleasant way to spend a few hours whilst in Sydney. The only negatives for us, booking through this tour, are the limited number of ferries. The advice is to go for the first ferry of the day at 9:00 (which we did) but it should be made clearer that, if you miss the first ferry, the next one isn’t until 11:00. Return ferries are also limited in number… we’d finished at the zoo by 14:00 so ended up paying for a regular ferry to get back to Circular Quay, as the first return through the tour wasn’t until 15:30, the next around 17:00. Our advice would be to do the zoo under your own steam… regular Sydney Harbour ferries (every 30 minutes) and tickets to enter the zoo readily available, or pay on entry.
2 travelers found this review helpful
The zoo is fantastically...
Kathleen_A, Feb 2023
The zoo is fantastically laid out and the animal enclosures well thought out and natural. Definitely start at the top and work your way down unless it’s a leg day.
Zoo was good - Ferry not so much
Maureen_M, Feb 2023
The Zoo was great. The cable car was not working. Missed the 1:10 ferry and had to wait until 3:40 for next ferry. Waste of a lot of time.
Sherri_C, Feb 2023
The ferry ride was fun but disappointed with the Zoo. It was hot but most of the animals weren't in their gages or dens. We couldn't watch the seals be their wasn't any cover from the sun. We arrived at the zoo just gone 10 am and left at 12 noon on the public ferry as we didn't want to hang about another hour for the one we had already paid for
Trip to Remember
Margaret_M, Jan 2023
Gondola rides over the Taranga Zoo having a good arial view together with the best view across the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Kids had fun and we all enjoyed it.
Ferry confused
charles_c, Jan 2023
Little confusion with the return ferry. Told to take anyone back by attendant but the one we took was the tap on-tap off ferry and we couldn't tap and had to let out of the terminal
A day at the zoo
Helen_G, Jan 2023
Family interaction, lovely surroundings a wide variety of animals, did miss the lions though.a good day had by all the family
It was a great experience...
Maria_K, Dec 2022
It was a great experience as we did not have a big queue to get on the ferry and it was very quick. Loved it.


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