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Overview

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.
  • 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)
Sydney Taronga Zoo opened in 1916 and has since become a major force for animal care, research and conservation. You can take the ferry from Circular Quay to the zoo, a scenic ride that lasts about 10 minutes and gives you stunning waterside views of the harbor city. Don’t miss a ride on the Sky Safari cable car, which whisks you high above the zoo grounds, giving you a bird’s-eye view of zoo inhabitants like elephants and big apes. It also provides photo ops of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera House.

Your Sydney Taronga Zoo ticket is valid for general admission to the zoo and the Sky Safari, the only cable car in Sydney. Once inside the zoo, proceed around ten themed areas where the animals live in surroundings similar to their natural habitats. Some of the featured themes focus on Wild Australia, the Great Southern Oceans and Wild Asia. During the daily keeper talks, you can witness an in-depth presentations about specific animals such as Tasmanian devils, giraffes, lemurs, little penguins and koalas.

Other optional activities such as animal encounters and guided tours can be booked at your own expense. If you're inspired to try swinging through the trees, Wild Ropes offers a low and high level ropes course for an adrenaline-fueled activity suitable for adults and older kids. You might even spot koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and emus as you make your way through the trees. Education Officers can offer you and your family a learning experience with live animals and plants in their natural environments, and develop an understanding about wildlife of all types.

Itinerary

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 get on the waters of Sydney Harbour. Ferries depart from Wharf 4 at Circular Quay every 30 minutes. When you arrive at Taronga Wharf, take the Sky Safari cable car to the top entrance of the zoo. The cable car 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
  • The View – 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
  • Forage and Graze – Located inside the main entrance and offers a range of sandwiches, wraps, pastries, coffee and drinks
Taronga Zoo also has many picnic areas; feel free to bring a picnic basket and enjoy lunch with views of Sydney Harbour

Reviews

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D
, Mar 2018

Go and see the koalas at he start as it gets busy - lovely day and views of Sydney are amazing

S
, Nov 2017

Zoológico muito bem cuidado.

m
, Nov 2017

A must do while in Syndey

L
, Nov 2017

Excellent zoo - so much to see!!!

C
, Oct 2017

We loved the zoo! Once we figured out how to purchase our ferry tickets and where to board, it was smooth sailing. The cable car from the zoo entrance to the top was a great feature that allowed us to take a few good pictures, and the trails and signage at the zoo was were really good. We enjoyed all the exhibits, animals, talks, and shows. The sea lion show was especially fun to watch. We're in our 70's and we had a great time. The photo ops are outstanding.

K
, Oct 2017

would highly recomend

S
, Sep 2017

WE took the ferry from Wharf 2, purchasing a separate ticket...much cheaper that way. you can buy a 2 day pass for the ferry which will take you to the zoo and 2 all the islands if you are going to be there for couple of days It includes the zoo ticket, gondala ride at the zoo, and transportation from circular quay pronounced key to/from for 54. Good deal otherwise indivual round trip ferry ticket is 7.50 zoo ticket 35. WEll with it. FUn relaxing day, enjoying nature walks . BEautiful view of harbor and bridges from gondalo. HIghly Recommend. Easy to navigate from start to finish.

G
, Jul 2017

My only suggestion is to get there early and plan on staying all day. If possible take public transport Bus or Ferry as the car park fills quickly. Lots to see and do including lots of walking. Bring water bottles there are free refill stations around the Zoo. Several new food and drink locations not overpriced and the food quality is what you would expect from fast food places. The coffee is medium quality. An enjoyable, tiring day.

S
, May 2017

I enjoyed the squirrel monkeys and the sea lions show the sky lift over to the zoo and you are able get photos with some of the animals I would of loved to get a photo of feeding the giraffes it a very good day out for the whole family

J
, Apr 2017

Taronga zoo has spectacular views, lots of animals and is well laid out for a zoo. If it weren't raining the day of our visit, it would have been a most enjoyable day. Since we started late, we had to catch the last ferry at 4:30 p.m. to go back to Sydney. I will probably visit it again at a different time when it's not so rainy in Sydney due to the remnants of Cyclone Debbie.

S
, Jan 2017

GrEt visit. I recommend it.

F
, Jan 2017
C
, Jan 2017

test review

j
, Dec 2016

Very good experience.

J
, Nov 2016

a very fine zoo in a beautiful location. accessing the zoo by ferry made it even better.

P
, Nov 2016

So far was ok. I had lunch and I had a cup of yogurt at there. I found a moldy berry in the yogurt, they did not have a proper check when in food preparing.

Some of the staffs are not polite, especially those who are in the koala area. Perhaps I am a Chinese, when I asked them some direction and about the photo taking with koalas, the way they talked to me like the way they talked to those China Chinese, very impatient and impolite. I'm sorry, I don't deny some Chinese misbehaved and impolite at there

V
, Oct 2016

As zoos go, this one was OK. The kangaroos were a disappointment, but the koalas made up for it. The views over the harbor are a plus. The seal show and bird show were both very good.

D
, Oct 2016

The kids loved seeing the Giraffes and Elephants as well as the Seal Show.

J
, Sep 2016

Taronga Zoo does not recognize viator e-tickets....plan on being passed by from paper ticket holders as you try to explain how you purchased you entrance...too me half hour as hundreds paased me by.

E
, Sep 2016

Great experience at the zoo. All the workers and volunteers were polite and helpful. Must see part of any trip!


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