Taronga Zoo With a View

Taronga means ‘beautiful view’ and the panoramic vistas are just one of the highlights of a visit to Australia’s No.1 zoological garden.

Getting to Taronga Zoo is another. Start your zoo adventure with a fun ferry ride across beautiful Sydney Harbour, leaving from the city and disembarking at Bradley’s Head Road.

From the wharf there’s a short walk to catch the awesome Sky Safari gondola lift up to Taronga Zoo. Alternatively, get the bus. But the gondola is way more exciting. Sydney Ferries has a package deal that includes your return ferry fare, zoo entry and gondola ride. Some tour boat operators also offer package deals for Taronga Zoo.

Taronga Zoo is Magical

Taronga Zoo is a must-see for locals and visitors alike.

The zoo is spread over 17 beautifully designed and landscaped hectares, with Sydney Habour providing a glorious backdrop to many exhibits. (There’s a long-running Sydney joke that Taronga Zoo’s giraffes inhabit the most desirable piece of real estate in the country.)

The zoo is laid out with attractive walking trails, gardens and trees, making it very pleasant to wander from awesome exhibit to another, checking out the huge array of exotic and native animals. There are good spots to enjoy a picnic or takeaways, or simply relax and enjoy the zoo’s views, sights and sounds.

Taronga Zoo Must-do’s

It is possible to see and do just about everything Taronga Zoo has to offer in one leisurely day so long as you plan your visit and get here early.

Keep in mind that there are fantastic keeper talks, animal encounters and free shows scheduled throughout the day, including:

The Seal Show at Taronga Zoo’s new 950-seat theatre. This show is a blockbuster so arrive well before show-time to ensure you get a good seat.

The Free Flight Bird Show at the zoo’s amphitheater is informative and thrilling – especially when the show’s agile stars swoop just above over your head.

Photo opportunities – get your photo professionally taken with a giraffe, owl, reptile or koala. Bookings are essential. There’s also great Green Screen for virtual photographs with endangered animals – a must if you fancy a pic of yourself cosying up to a massive gorilla or rhino for this year’s Christmas card.

Guided tours and experiences – one of the best is Taronga’s Wild Australia Experience which is highly recommended for international visitors. The fee includes a two-hour tour with a keeper and close encounters and photos with animals.

For more information, timetables and bookings visit Taronga Zoo online.