Taronga Zoo is a city zoo located in Sydney. The zoo, which is managed by the Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales is home to some 2,600 animals from around 340 different species. Covering some 21 hectares, the zoo features animals from Australia, Asia, South America and Africa, and is an ideal city day trip for Sydney locals and tourists.

Zoo Packages

  • General Entry – Includes admission and round trip on sky safari gondola.
Adult $46
Child (4-15) $23
Concession $32.50

Families can save 10% with a minimum of three people, including one child.

  • Australian VIP Gold Tour – An even more exclusive tour around Taronga Zoo, led by an expert guide in a very small group to explore the zoo’s Australian wildlife. The 1.5-2 hour tour includes zoo access, unique photo opportunities with some zoo characters, and a round trip in the Sky Safari cable car to see the amazing Taronga Zoo view.
  • Nura Diya (Aboriginal Discovery Tour) – Learn more about both the wildlife and rich cultural heritage that make up Australia by taking the Nura Diya tour. Led by an Aboriginal guide, you’ll explore Taronga Zoo and hear all of the traditional stories that link the local people of the area with the animals, and the land.

  • The Wild Australia Experience – This additional 2-hour zoo tour is a great way for international visitors to see everything on offer at Taronga Zoo. The tour runs twice a day with a small group and includes everything from behind the scenes to animal encounters as well as a take-home photograph and complimentary refreshments.

  • Australian Walkabout Tour – A perfect way to be introduced to all the wonderful Australian wildlife, the Australian Walkabout Tour is a 1-1.5 hour tour that takes you through the Australian exhibits with an expert guide. Price includes zoo access and a round trip on the famous Sky Safari cable car.
Wild Australia Tour Walkabout Tour VIP Aussie Gold Tour Nura Diya
Adult $127 $50 $99 $99
Children (4-15) $81 $32 $68 $69
  • Roar and SnoreIn this totally unique Taronga Zoo experience you have a chance to stay overnight at the zoo in safari tents, and participate in an amazing series of activities. The night runs from 6:15pm to 9:00pm and includes all food and refreshments, a night safari and two behind the scenes tours before opening, with lots of animal encounters in between.
Peak (Fri, Sat, Sun, Public & School Holidays) Off Peak (10% reduced price)
Adult $320 $288
Chile $205 $184.50

Minimum of two people per tent, maximum of four. All children must be accompanied by an adult, with a maximum of three people per adult.

  • Keeper for a Day – This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a true behind the scenes experience is now available for visitors to Taronga Zoo. See what it’s like to spend a day working as a zookeeper, and getting up close and personal with all of the animal characters at the zoo. Anyone aged eight and up can participate and snacks are included.
Adult $240-280 (Wed/Sat)
Child (3-17) $99
Child (8-12) $95

  • Animal Encounters – Get up and personal with some of your favorite animals for a photo opportunity.
Koala Encounter $19.95
Reptile Encounter $24.95
Giraffe Encounter $24.95

Tips

  • Keeper Talks and Shows – Taronga Zoo offers an incredible range of keeper talks and animal shows free to visitors of the zoo. They run all through the day, and an in-depth timetable can be found online. Anyone can attend the tours, but Taronga Zoo suggests arriving a few minutes early to get a good view.
  • Free Audio Tour Guide – There is a free audio tour guide available online for both iOS and Android, which features 33 audio tracks in 10 categories. The app also includes an interactive map, a day planner for keeper talks and shows, and information about current conservation programs.
  • Animal Encounters – You don’t have to do a full day Taronga Zoo Tour to be able to get up close with some of the amazing animals that call the zoo home. An Animal Encounter gives you a chance to meet a koala, reptile or giraffe, and take home a photograph to prove it.

Transport

  • FerryFerries leave from Circular Quay and take just 12 minutes on average to reach the zoo. You can buy combined zoo and ferry tickets (at the ferry ticket office) for discounts.
  • Bus: Coming from the city you can catch the 247 to the zoo from Wynyard Stand A (Carrington Street) or QVB Stand D (York Street).
  • Train: Take a train to Circular Quay, and then catch a ferry, or take a train to Wynyard Station and catch the 247 bus from there.
  • Car: Cross the harbour either via the Harbour Bridge or the Sydney Harbour Tunney and then take the Warringah Freeway. Turn right at the Military Road exit and continue on it past Spit Junction. At the roundabout in Mosman, take the second exit to Bradleys Head Road to get to Taronga Zoo.

History

In it’s current location, Taronga Zoo was originally opened on October 7th, 1916. However, most of the animals that came to call Taronga Zoo home had originally come from the first public zoo to open in New South Wales. This zoo, which opened in 1884 on the Billy Goat Swamp in Moore Park, was quickly outgrown by the animals and public demand, which led to the establishment of Taronga Zoo.

In 1967 the zoo began to undergo changes that heralded a move away from attractions that today might be considered animal cruelty to focus on educational facilities and conservation.

Interesting Facts

  • When the zoo first opened there were 228 mammals, 52 birds and 64 reptiles.
  • Taronga Zoo once offered elephant rides and a monkey circus, but this changed in 1967.
  • In it’s entire history, Taronga Zoo has only been closed twice. Once from August 8th – October 26th 1917 when labourers employed on the Sydney wharves were housed there during a strike and once on Australia day 1988 to commemorate Australia’s Bicentenary.

6 Reviews

  1. infinitesundays
    infinitesundays
    Philippines 25 Comments
     -  27 Nov 2017

    Excellent

    Always torn between Featherdale and Taronga but if you can only go to one then Taronga should be your choice. There are so many sights and animals to see that it deserves a full day. The scenic ride from Circular Quay to Taronga wharf is also a pleasant attraction. I suggest planning your day to ensure that you get to see the shows! I especially loved the bird show and the seal show. Delightful even for adults.

  2. travelbloggerKT
    travelbloggerKT 43 Comments
     -  15 Sep 2017

    Excellent

    A little expensive for a one-day zoo visit, but a great experience if you’re stuck for things to do in Sydney. Good shows, great animal exhibits.

  3. Luh2sell
    Luh2sell
    United States 11 Comments
     -  14 Jun 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    This is the most beautiful zoo I have been to! The giraffes have a great view of the Sydney Opera House. It must be so nice to live there! I also saw a Tasmanian devil for the first time. He looks nothing like the cartoon! I got some awesome pictures of the other animals. It’s a great place to spend the day.

  4. Sara
    Sara 29 Comments
     -  01 Jun 2017

    Excellent

    with stunning views over Sydney’s infamous harbour, Taronga Zoo is a great day trip from the city.
    Tickets are not cheap but you can buy a multiple city pass which includes many attractions.
    A great organization of the park will get you up on the top on a cable way and let you walk your way back down to the harbour. Unfortunately, NSW laws do not allow for Koala-holding pictures.

  5. MarijaA
    MarijaA 10 Comments
     -  17 Mar 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Taronga Zoo is located just opposite the business district of the city, offering an amazing view. You’ll need 3-4 hours to comb through the ZOO and enjoy every part of the authentically combined animal spaces. Most of the species are only local, which is a great thing – you’ll get to know more about Australia’s inhabitants in just hours. Great experience!

  6. Karlics
    Karlics 10 Comments
     -  12 Feb 2017

    Fantastic attraction

    Better be prepared for tons of fun and also bring some walking shoes with you! Don’t miss the scheduled encounters, the one with the birds is simply the best.

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