Taronga Zoo
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Taking a ferry directly from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo, located in the suburb of Mosman, is the first unexpected joy of visiting the animal park. Once there, the leisurely trails and opportunity to see some of Australia's distinct wildlife become apparent, as does the striking view of the Harbour Bridge from the seating at the aerial bird show. Advance booking can give you the chance to see koalas up close, or stay overnight and 'camp' in the zoo.
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Neighbourhood: Mosman
With a variety of outdoor attractions, the sophisticated harbour suburb of Mosman has something for everyone. Shoppers can stroll Military Road for its unique offering of antiques, designer labels, and hip restaurants and cafes. Nature lovers can take in spectacular bushwalks like the Taronga to Balmoral walk, while families can enjoy snorkeling in the sheltered beaches of Balmoral Beach or scuba diving at Chowder Bay. History lovers enjoy exploring the fortifications at the end of Old Fort Road in Middle Head, which date back to the 1800s. Even the exhibitionist set can find entertainment in Mosman, with several nude beaches located in the area.
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  • Paula R
    Sunshine Coast, Australia46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Zoo With A View
    A beautiful zoo looking out on Sydney Harbour. Definitely worth a visit. Catch the ferry from Circular Quay. Once you arrive you can catch the shuttle bus to the main entry or walk up the hill (could be a hard walk for some) to another entry point. I would recommend catching the bus to the main gate and then making your way down through the zoo eventually finishing at the bottom where you have a short walk to the ferry. Food is very expensive for what is available. Time spent at the zoo was 3-4 hours.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 September 2023
  • hichelle
    Boston, Massachusetts186 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rainy morning to visit Taronga Zoo
    This was my husband & I's 1st Australia visit & we were only spending 2 nights in Sydney. in Circular Quay area. On our 2nd day, we took nearby ferry, it was lightly raining on and off but was supposed to clear up in early afternoon. It helped cut down on the crowds too. We wanted to see some native animals before flying North to rainforest and reef. The ferry ride was quick then you can either walk up hill to entrance or take shuttle. We opted for the shuttle and paid $102 AUD for 2 entry tickets, around $25 for 2 Koala encounters (no holding of touching) but photos allowed and about $140 AUD for 2 Dingo experience tickets. We walked around and loved seeing the elusive platypus , Tasmanian devil and different kangaroos and of course koalas sleeping in their trees. The zoo is pretty well laid out and is expanding with reptile exhibit later this year. The koala experience was 1st and you go in with guide to enclosed area where there were about 4 sleeping koalas (who sleep over 20 hours daily) there could only be a few people at a time and we were limited till about 10 minutes but were able to get decent pics. Then it cleared up and more of the animals came out. The Dingo experience was with a small group and the keeper brought the male and female out of pen and they were allowed to sniff us but again we couldn't pat them or anything but got a few pics. We both decided that what we paid was too much for the experience which got shortened due to keeper explaining that female was distracted by 1 of groupees sneakers and needed to go back in their pen sooner. They did lick us and that was discourage, so again especially for my husband the experience was shortened. We have had dogs through the years, though wild, the Dingo couple dind't show any signs of assertive behavior We enjoed seeing the Australia animals and were glad to be able to fit into trip. We didn't have time to go to Irwin zoo near Brisbane.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 September 2023
  • Galpo
    Liverpool, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Zoo
    A great experience and one of the leading not for profit zoos in Australia. I am very lucky to have Chester zoo on my doorstep where no other zoo has come close to being of the same standard but this exceeded my expectations and would attend again in the future given the opportunity. It is clean, animals look in good shape and the staff are friendly. The food is also not too expensive which is good!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Jess Ka
    Cairns, Australia147 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots under construction
    Sadly a little disappointed with my first visit to Taronga Zoo. Stunning location, but found a few negatives on the day. Firstly the paper map was confusing, the listed shows weren’t correct so I ended up downloading the app on my phone and threw the paper map out. The zoo layout is very spread out, with quite a walk between some of the animal enclosures. It’d be great to add more enclosures. There were filtered water fountains here and there, but there definitely needs to be more installed. Pram/wheelchair access wasn’t very good. At one point the escalator and the lift were out of service so we had to carry the pram up multiple flights of stairs. Not good during school holidays on a 36 degree day with 3 small children. The seal show was fantastic. The animals look to be very healthy and well looked after. The variety of animals was good. Very big day out if you have children or are mobility challenged. Be ready for the hills and shortage of toilets.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 October 2023
  • mcsquared
    Auckland Central, New Zealand12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice enough zoo
    We travelled from Circular Quay, purchasing our own ferry tickets and zoo tickets online whilst on the ferry. The ferry trip is great with great views of the city, bridge etc. From the ferry we walked up the hill to the southern entrance. First pro tip: In hindsight we should have taken the shuttle to the top main entrance. The zoo is spread out on a steep hillside. We effectively walked to the top and am back down again, starting from the top would be easier. The zoo itself was nice (with the usual moral conflict of wild animals being kept in very small enclosures) highlights being the koalas, Tasmanian Devils and some very large lizards running around the gardens. Along with the usual range of exotic animals it also cames with the ubiquitous outrageously over priced sub-par food - Second pro tip: stop at Woolworths and bring your own lunch. All up, a pretty good one for the kids.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 October 2023
  • guennie3
    Cambridge, United Kingdom420 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Zoo with a view
    What a fantastic zoo. My husband and I spent a most pleasant afternoon here, ambling around and looking at the many interesting animals in their very well set up and natural surroundings. We arrived by ferry from Circular Quay and then got the bus up to the zoo. The view of the city and harbour is amazing from here.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 October 2023
  • Ashleigh
    Bridgwater, United Kingdom29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely day out
    On my solo trip to Australia i decided to do a day out to Taronga zoo. I didn’t manage to see everything as it is so big! Loads of animals and what made it extra special was the view looking out onto the opera house and harbour. Although there are a lot of families here i think it’s definitely worth going a solo day trip too!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 January 2024
  • Lindajwil
    Heathcote, Australia396 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hard Work
    It’s certainly a lovely zoo. Perfectly placed on the amazing harbour but as far as user friendly- not so much. The ferry trip across from Circular Quay is easy but then after a nasty bus shuttle up the steep hill (never consider walking) to the entrance it is pretty cramped and maize like to get around. The animals habitats are well marked but I still am not convinced that their map was user friendly and once inside - it is hard to navigate a path back down to the outward ferry. Look, I am whinging but it should be easier to navigate with clearer signage.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 January 2024
  • robert k
    Atlanta, Georgia23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome place to see Australian animals of all kinds.
    This place was so awesome. We saw so many animals that you would never see anywhere else in the world. We saw koalas, snakes, lizards, bears, tigers, crocodiles, platypus, dingos, meerkats, kangaroos, wallaby’s, and Tasmanian devils. I’m sure I missed some but you see what I mean. Pretty much every animal in Australia is at this zoo and not to mention you can see the opera house, bridge, and city from this place. We happen to be there during vivid Sydney also so we got to see all the lights in the city and the zoo. June is a great time to visit. It is a little cold at night but a small jacket will keep you warm. Temperatures during the day were fine.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 April 2024
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D0nnamcm
Scottsdale, AZ8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I live in Scottsdale Arizona and as an artist, I visit zoos whenever we travel. Today we visited Sydney’s Tarango zoo. I usually have a love/hate relationship with zoos as I need to see the animals in order to draw them, but I want their enclosures to be very roomy. This zoo delivered both! Absolutely beautiful grounds and wonderful enclosures. I could see the animals well enough to draw most of them. The whole pride of lions were out sleeping though, but they all looked so healthy and beautiful! Nice place for a snack too. Thank you Sydney for a wonderful experience at your zoo.
Written 7 May 2024
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Sandra D
Knoxville, TN16 contributions
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Amazing experience! I highly recommend this tour. We had one on one time with an extremely knowledgeable tour guide and trainee.
Written 5 May 2024
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RickimusMaximus
Nashville, TN63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We've watched the Taronga Zoo show for a couple of years. This was our first stop in Sydney and it did not disappoint. Beautiful zoo with incredible views. The animals have incredible habitat enclosures - especially the elephants and tigers. Lots of animal variety and some great animal experiences are available.
Written 3 May 2024
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Wayne R
Adelaide, Australia10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
I was told by many people when I told people that I was visiting Sydney that the one stop you must go to is taronga Park zoo I was very disappointed in the Zoo. The animals looked very healthy and they delighted the children and everybody who looked at them. I thought the social show was very entertaining and informative and also the bird flying, but some places in cages you went to they were empty. No platypus, No lions. really not many animals.
As I was waiting in the queue to go into a show, I heard people over talking about the same thing. The gorillas is like nobody could find the gorillas. We understand that they sleep and they go in the habitat, But we've looked in the habitat where they sleep and where they they go to pass each other into the other yards. There was nothing. No animals but suddenly at 3:pm they all appeared. It was if anything just a average zoo. Nothing to write home about. Nothing to tell people what a great experience I had there. I will be telling my overseas visitors not to go there. I would not recommend it.
Disappointed.
I told my host about my experience while staying in Sydney and he said the same thing. Yeah other people come back and said to me. J it's just a average zoo they spent millions and millions on it. What have they achieved?
Written 29 April 2024
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robert k
Atlanta, GA23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This place was so awesome. We saw so many animals that you would never see anywhere else in the world. We saw koalas, snakes, lizards, bears, tigers, crocodiles, platypus, dingos, meerkats, kangaroos, wallaby’s, and Tasmanian devils. I’m sure I missed some but you see what I mean. Pretty much every animal in Australia is at this zoo and not to mention you can see the opera house, bridge, and city from this place. We happen to be there during vivid Sydney also so we got to see all the lights in the city and the zoo. June is a great time to visit. It is a little cold at night but a small jacket will keep you warm. Temperatures during the day were fine.
Written 23 April 2024
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Brohee
Perth, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Taronga Zoo was fantastic! Loved seeing native Australian animals up close, and the views of the harbor from the zoo were unbeatable.
Written 22 April 2024
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kitrynd
Curl Curl, Australia51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A really good experience in company of a 5 year old.

I wrote adversely of my experience four years ago.
This recent visit upgrades of many areas and better interaction and information made it a fun and informative day.
Written 19 April 2024
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia1,674 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It’s definitely one of better zoo’s I’ve seen.

To get here we took a ferry from circular quay. It cost 6 dollars each for memory one way. They seemed to leave every 20-30 minutes.

The zoo itself is quite extensive and featured animal sections from Australia and internationally. It covered most animals you would expect to see in a standard zoo. Its location on the harbour also afforded some spectacular views back towards Sydney. To see it all I would recommend doing this as a whole day activity.

Drinks and food were available at various parts in the park.

Animals seemed to all be treated very well and there was an emphasis on conservation efforts with a lot of them.

A lot of the information boards seemed to be aimed more towards a paediatric audience.

Would recommend.
Written 14 April 2024
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DiscoverAndEnjoy
Comox, Canada396 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A lovely zoo, with lots of hilly walks, but wheelchair/stroller safe. The diversity of animals was great, especially the birds and koalas. Where the attraction lacked was in interpretive signage, no time estimates to move through large sections of the park, and the special app was not helpful at all, the wifi kept kicking out and the detailed info on the app didn't follow where you were for additional info. If you have extra time on your visit - go for it, if pressed for time, give it a miss unless it's your only chance to see wildlife.
Written 8 April 2024
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60089
Arizona86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Excellent zoo. GO EARLY. I think they open at 9:00AM. We took the boat from Circular Quay and were there in no time. I mean these animals have a million dollar view of the city! The exhibits are excellent and the grounds well maintained. We saw it all from Lions to Koalas to Lemurs. Skip the "encounters" with the animals. It's a money grab and nothing you can't do with a telephoto lens. We will go back. Perhaps I can get my lovely wife to have an encounter with a hungry lion :) Seriously, well worth the money.
Written 5 April 2024
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