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Sydney’s Taronga Zoo

Sydney’s Taronga Zoo

The second thing on our Sydney Wishlist was to go to Taronga Zoo, a zoo that we’ve surprisingly never been to before. On our most recent visit to Sydney, we were determined to rectify this and set off for the zoo early one morning.

Located in the suburb of Mosman, not only is Taronga Zoo home to over 2,000 animals, it also offers a stunning backdrop of the city skyline and Sydney Harbour.

Taronga Zoo Backdrop

The quickest and easiest way to get to Taronga Zoo is via public transport, either via a ferry from Circular Quay or a short bus trip from the city or North Sydney. After arriving at the ferry terminal, we took the sky safari (cable car) which provided aerial views of the zoo including going directly over the elephant enclosure. There is also a shuttle bus for those who want to stay on solid ground.

We picked up our map and headed straight for the giraffes, one of Amy’s favorite animals and conveniently located close to the main entrance.

Giraffes at Taronga Zoo

With their long necks and prime position in the zoo, these guys have possibly the best view of Sydney!

Like most zoos around the world, a lot of walking is required to see all the exhibits. Something that we really did like was the big numbers on the ground indicating which enclosures you were heading towards by referencing your map.

Numbers on the ground at Taronga Zoo

We spent a lot of our time in Area #2, the African Safari. Not only was this home to the giraffes, but also to some playful chimpanzees as well.

Chimpanzees at Taronga Zoo

The Big Cats trail was also impressive with the usual favorites – lions, snow leopards and tigers. There is a big cats keeper talk every afternoon, just one of many activities held at Taronga Zoo on a daily basis meaning that there is plenty to see from morning through to the late afternoon.

Big cats at Taronga Zoo - Tiger

As well as the free talks, there are several animal encounters available for a small cost. Currently Taronga Zoo has a Koala Encounter, Reptile Encounter, Owl Encounter and Giraffe Encounter on offer.

Regardless of whether you can take advantage of these encounters, there are still many great photo opportunities around the zoo!

Elephants at Taronga Zoo

After you’ve seen everything you want to see, the twelve-minute ferry ride back to the city just adds to the fun of a day at Taronga Zoo.

The ferry ride back to Sydney

If you’re visiting Sydney and love your animals as much as we do, a visit to Taronga Zoo is worth including on your itinerary.

Admission for adults is $44, children (4-15) are $22 and children under 4 free. Families save 15%.


Experience Sydney in 360˚

Sydney 360

A brand new innovation from Destination NSW allows us to participate in some of these iconic Sydney experiences before we even book a flight there.

We can now surf on Bondi Beach and kayak on Sydney Harbour without getting wet! We can also fly a helicopter over the Harbour without leaving the ground thanks to the new 360˚ video developed and launched by Destination NSW.

Check Sydney 360˚ out at sydney.com/sydney360


  1. Posted August 8, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Sydney’s Taronga zoo is one of my fav’s! I rarley visit zoos when im traveling for this reason. Another really good one is dubbo zoo, located outside of Sydney, its huge! Not only does this mean its great for the animals but also fun to cycle or drive around (yes this is needed)
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    • Posted August 9, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

      I went to the Western Plains Zoo out at Dubbo around 15 years ago and remember it being amazing. Would love to go back! Another one of our favorite zoos is the Werribee Zoo for that same reason – it’s open range and the animals have plenty of space to roam. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  2. Posted August 10, 2013 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    Yep, this is definitely on my Sydney bucket list 🙂

  3. Posted December 30, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    We really enjoyed Taronga zoo too!
    Although i seem to have missed the HUGE numbers on the ground, we got a little lost and missed a huge section – whoops!

    Love the views from the zoo!
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