It’s often joked that the giraffes at Taronga Zoo have the best view in Sydney. Located in the leafy suburb of Mosman, Taronga Zoo is home to a wide selection of animals and stunning views of Sydney Harbour. In fact, the word ‘Taronga´ is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘beautiful view’.
The zoo covers 21 hectares, is divided into eight zoogeographic regions and houses over 2,600 animals across 340 different species.
Taronga Zoo has animals from all over the world as well as many native species. You can see native Australian animals including Kangaroos, Koalas, Platypus, wombats, wallabies, crocodiles and emus. International animals include Snow Leopards, Sun Bears, Chimpanzees, Zebras and Thai Asian Elephants.
Taronga Zoo offers free keeper talks as well as animal shows throughout the day. The Seal Show is not to be missed. It features the stars of the Great Southern Oceans exhibit and takes a close look at marine wildlife.
There’s also a Free Flight Bird Show which takes places the Taronga’s amphitheatre at 12pm and 3pm every day. The shows at Taronga Zoo are very popular and its recommended that you arrive early to make sure you get a great seat.
Check the website for the daily timetable to make sure you make the most of your visit to Taronga Zoo.
The opening gates of Taronga Zoo are a heritage listed structure. There is plenty to do in this initial area, before you even make it past the ticket turnstiles. There are works of art by Aboriginal artists which form part of the Sculpture Walk. There are also a couple of wildlife exhibits which are open for free viewing. There’s also the souvenior shop and Café Terrace where you can enjoy a coffee or some food.
If you’re looking for the ultimate zoo adventure, why not take part in Roar & Snore? Roar & Snore is an exclusive sleepover event which sees you camping in special safari tents and waking up in the zoo to spectacular views of the harbour, just in time to feed the animals. A roast feast, drinks and breakfast are included in the package as is a chance to go behind the scenes to meet the animals and learn about the workings of the zoo before the park is open to members of the public.
This is a very popular activity and so booking well in advance is highly recommended.
Taronga Zoo is an easy drive in the hire car you picked up from Hertz Car Rental at Sydney airport. If you’re not keen to drive, leave your rental car behind and take a ferry from Circular Quay. The ferry is a must-do in itself, providing you with a pleasant trip and wonderful views. The Sky Safari cable cars will take you from the ferry wharf right to the top.
Taronga Zoo is open every day from 9.30am. Closing times vary on the time of year, so be sure to check the closing times on their website here.
An adult ticket to Taronga Zoo costs $44.00. Concessions apply for students and seniors. A child’s ticket is $22.00. Discounted family passes are also available.