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Taronga Zoo, Sydney

Some of the wildlife at Taronga Zoo have a better view of Sydney Harbout than others.

Taronga Zoo, Sydney

Taronga Zoo is Australia's leading zoological park, featuring a comprehensive collection of both native and exotic species.


What makes Taronga Zoo different to every other zoo in the world is its Sydney Harbour setting.


In what has to be the most exquisite setting for a zoo anywhere in the world, Taronga Park is situated on elevated land along the harbourside in one of the most beautiful vantage points on Sydney Harbour overlooking Sydney Cove, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.


As you zigzag your way along the paths among the animal enclosures, you are able to enjoy magnificent harbour views. The Taronga Zoo is just a few stops from Circular Quay by ferry and has its own jetty, so you can step off the ferry and walk into the zoo.


It is always best to start your tour of the Zoo from the top entrance. That way you'll be walking downhill facing the harbour. You'll then be continually surprised as you turn a corner and catch a different vista of the horizon. Then, when you reach the bottom you can catch the Zoo Sky Safari chair lift to take you to the top again and begin your downhill trek along a different path.

If you would like to get up close to the animals and have your picture taken, try the "Animal Encounters" experience. For a small fee, with the assistance of the rangers, you can enter the enclosures of some of the animals on display and have your picture taken by a professional. However, for anyone wanting to "cuddle" a koala, this will not be possible. Laws in NSW stipulate that people are not allowed to touch or hold koalas. This is because of the vulnerability of the animals - they can catch disease from humans or become easily stressed.


A must see while at the zoo is the new Great Southern Oceans exhibit. Covering 1.2 hectare, it features Australian sea lions and fur seals, New Zealand fur seals, Californian sea lions, leopard seals, penguins and pelicans.

Check out zoo specials

For sea creatures, try visiting the Aquarium.




Bradleys Head Rd, Mosmon

How to Get There:

By Ferry (best way): A 12-minute ferry ride from Wharf 2, Circular Quay
By Bus: Bus 247 departs from Wynyard bus station to and from the Zoo's Main Entrance daily - a 30 minute one way trip.
By Car: Parking is available for 120 cars (temporary). A fee applies.


+61 2 9969 2777

Opening Hours:

Open from 9.30am, every day of the year including Christmas day. Closing time varies in winter, please check the Taronga Zoo website for details.


Wheelchair hire; Stroller hire; Foreign language information sheets; Hot & cold food outlets; Animal presentations.


Zoo Specials.

Taronga Zoo, Sydney

Even the giraffes have a top outlook.

Taronga Zoo, Sydney

A tiger appears relaxed in his green enclosure.

Taronga Zoo, Sydney

A wallaby poses for a picture.