Taronga Zoo

Crikey, this zoo is pretty bad ass...

Taronga Zoo

For almost 100 years, the Taronga Zoo has been home to thousands of animals and countless numbers of tourists.  The Zoo’s location is ideal for visitors as it can be reached by car or (more commonly) by ferry from Circular Quay.  My trip started with purchasing an Opal card (Sydney’s electronic fare card) and purchasing a round trip ferry ride to the zoo + admission.

Taronga Zoo

A quick 10 minute ferry ride across Sydney Harbor and we arrived at the docks where you’ll board a gondola cable car and zoom across the park just above the trees to the zoo’s main entrance.

Quick word on comfort…

During the summer, bring sun screen!Drink LOTS of water, this park is huge!

Bring comfy shoes – you’ll need them!

Upon entry, this first thing you’ll realize is how big the zoo actually is.  There are maps and park employees available to answer questions, but your best bet is to just start wandering. If you’re a die hard fan and want to see every exhibit, you’ll need a full day and a lot of energy – the zoo encompasses 52 acres of land.

I was quite impressed with the variety of local and non-local exhibits.  This zoo is has put amazing time and effort into curating an amazing destination.  Some of my favorite exhibits were:

  • Lemur Forest Adventure
  • Wild Australia (of course kangaroos and koalas)
  • African Waterhole

Taronga Zoo general admission gets you into most everything at the park, including walkabouts.  These areas are gated and once inside you’re in the animals habitat.  You see kangaroos, emu and a variety of other animals just wandering around a short distance from you.  Obviously, use common sense – these are wild animals.

Looking for a little more?

You can pay extra for “meet and greets” with select animals.  Koalas are the popular ones, however the zoo likes to rotate which animals are available.  If you’re looking to get up close with the wildlife, this is definitely worth the cost.

What do you think about this destination?