It may seem a little bizarre seeing a giraffe gracing the Sydney skyline but that is exactly what you get at Taronga Zoo. The beautiful back drop of the harbour is changed from architectural masterpiece to wildlife wilderness in a flash. Situated on the shore of the harbour in the suburb of Mosman, it's one of Sydneys most well-known attractions. This award winning zoo cares for 4,000 animals from over 350 species, many of which are threatened - and has the best outlook of any zoo in the world. Taronga is a not-for-profit organisation supporting wildlife conservation.
There is an array of tour options at Taronga Zoo and it's good to first decide if you would like to do one of these before your trip.
Wildlife Hospital Tour - Behind the scenes experience of the veterinary hospital - more info
Wild Australia Experience - The closest experience you can have with the wildlife - more info
Aboriginal Discovery - Wildlife told through the perspective of an Aboriginal guide, with tales of their shared history - more info
VIP Aussie Gold Tour - Go where visitors never do! - more info
Walkabout Tour - Go from one end of the zoo to the other with a guide - more info
Self Tour - Download the app and take a tour easily yourself - more info
Things To Do
Taronga Zoo is more than just observing animals, it's much more interactive. To give you an idea, here's the rundown on some of the main things you can do there:
Animal Encounters - Get up close to animals like koala, giraffes, meerkat, owls and penguins! - $25/$50
Talks & Shows - There are plenty of talks to learn everything about some of the animals at the zoo. The shows are very entertaining also, the seal show is the one to watch! Timetable here
Keeper For A Day - Get taken behind the scenes to understand what it's like to be a keeper - more info
Wild Ropes - A 90 minute sky high adventure tackling obstacles on ropes - more info
Save up to 20% online in advance, so plan ahead you'll benefit.
Staying At Taronga Zoo
Another unique option which Taronga Zoo offers is the Roar & Snore - You can stay overnight at the zoo in safari style tents and here the zoo at night with the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbou Bridge in the background - a truly unique experience! - more info
Taronga Zoo is suited for absolutely everyone; of course perfect for families and the children simply won't want to leave. A great day out for couples and friends. An experience for the traveller. And something great for the local with so much on offer and special events throughout the year there's always a reason to return.
To get to Taronga Zoo there are several options but by far the easiest is the ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo Wharf where you will then take a cable car over the zoo getting a birdseye view before your experience has even begun! For more ways to get to Taronga Zoo check out their information page here.