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.
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