The animals at Taronga Zoo quite possibly have one of the most stunning views of Sydney’s harbour. Opening in 1916, Taronga Zoo is a Sydney icon and one of the most popular attractions in town. Overlooking the incredible Sydney Harbour, the zoo can be accessed in just 12 minutes from the city by ferry. Its focus is on animal conservation with a strong commitment to preserving and rehabilitating wildlife, home to over 4,000 animals.
Begin your day at Taronga Zoo by jumping on the ferry at Circular Quay, taking you directly to the scenic harbour hillside. Begin to make your way through the cute kangaroos, koalas and other native Australian animals, then witness the QBE Free-Flight Bird Show to see some of the stunning birdlife. Other animal shows include the Daily Seal Show featuring sea lions and fur seals. For an adrenaline hit, take the Wild Ropes that will challenge you with cross suspension bridges, trees and obstacles, all while taking in views of the Sydney Harbour. Open year-round, the admission fee includes talks and shows, access to Sydney’s cable car and the Sky Safari.
Some of Taronga Zoo’s other highlights include the Asian elephant display, platypus habitat and the Great Southern Oceans section. The zoo raises the standard in animal care and welfare, and this is a crucial focus for the zoo. Take a wander, and you can experience feeding time and animal encounters up close. The zoo is accessible, offering all-terrain wheelchairs for free, with parking available for a small fee. The best way to get to the zoo is by ferry or bus and booking online before arrival will get you a discounted rate.
During your visit to Taronga Zoo, you’ll be spoilt for choice between nine different trails to explore. Choose between the Big Cats Trail, Kids’ Trail, Reptile World and Australia Walkabout, just to name a few. The variety of animals provide an educational and exciting experience to learn about how they live in the wild, and you can see how they are cared for by the zoo. It also has an operating wildlife hospital too.
If being surrounded by beautiful animals with harbour views is where you want to stay put, opt to spend the night at Taronga Zoo - with Roar and Snore. This overnight experience provides animal encounters, safari-style accommodation, delicious food and of course, sweeping views of Sydney Harbour. The safari tents are a unique experience, and a buffet dinner and breakfast is included too. Alongside accommodation, Taronga Zoo also provides a stunning function space perfect for weddings and events. Event spaces hold from 15 people in the boardroom to up to 2,000 in Taronga’s ground, depending on what you’re looking for. This memorable and unique location will most certainly impress your attendees.
Get up close with giraffes, koalas, owls and reptiles at Taronga Zoo, 365 days a year. Winning many awards, it is a not-for-profit organisation and supports over 30 conservation programs across the globe. Experience incredible animal encounters at Taronga Zoo, creating a memorable day for the entire family.