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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  • Geraldine P
    Australia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Service
    We took our grandson to Taronga Zoo today and apart from the obvious wonders of Taronga (aka Harbour and Opera House views and fascinating animals from around the globe) the day was made even more incredible by the service we received from Kathleen at the Zoo Friends office. Kathleen went above and beyond to get our memberships sorted out in the best way possible. Thank you!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 March 2023
  • ISE21
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out
    Lovely location, plenty to see and do. We arrived across the harbour and up to the zoo by cable car. Great views across the harbour followed by a great day at the zoo. Certainly worth a visit
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 April 2023
  • Paula R
    Sunshine Coast, Australia33 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, Massachusetts190 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 Kingdom18 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, Australia121 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 Zealand4 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 Kingdom250 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 Kingdom18 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, Australia255 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
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Jane
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
The taronga zoo preserve in itself if nice and modern. The lounge is cozy and inviting and the rooms are very small but nice (although very expensive!). The reception staff was very friendly and professional. The view from the lounge (sunset) is fantastic.
I loved the fact that we had 2 private tours (one at night with no one else)and the guides were amazing and very knowledgeable!
The area of improvement would be at the lounge-bar… there’s absolutely no service. The barman was lazy and everyone had to go order at the bar (for food or drinks), to get the menu or for anything else…and it was not busy. Also, they only open at 2pm… which is not practical if you want to have lunch…you have to go to the zoo grab fast food. The lounge menu is also very limited. You only have 3 choices.. ! That’s a huge disappointment. As a luxury hotel, they should improve that…
Also, the wifi didn’t work for most of my stay. The front desk told me they didn’t have a reliable internet provider. It’s not acceptable for a luxury hotel in a city like Sydney. They should look at changing provider!
For elderly people: please note that the parking is very far. There’s parking in front of the hotel in the street but we can’t use it.
Also, the air in the room was stifling (there’s no opening windows). I had to open my door for a good 2 hours to get the air circulating. I kept sneezing every time i entered the room. The beds were very comfortable but their air wasn’t.
The zoo in itself is under massive renovations for a lot of areas closed.
They should improve the signalisation… I saw a lot of people that were completely lost …. Not a good customer experience.
Overall a nice place that needs to address a few issues.
Written 24 February 2024
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Skiahlc
Legend, Hungary169 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Interesting but very old Zoo (historic) built along a hillside. Flow wasn't very convenient to seeing everything without backtracking a few times. Some exhibits have been or are going to be updated but it's a construction zone now.
Written 21 February 2024
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sunbonnettrio
Vancouver, Canada6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We LOVED our time at the Taronga Zoo and we are not big zoo people. I was so impressed with the quality of the exhibits. Make sure to attend the zookeeper talks for animals you're interested in - we planned our day around these talks. Also the tiger exhibit is extremely cool and immersive. The ferry ride there is also a great Sydney experience.
Written 19 February 2024
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MrsCockburn
45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We caught the ferry over to the zoo and had a lengthy wait for the bus (not free) to take us up to the main entrance of the zoo. If you’re feeling fit you can hoof it uphill to the lower zoo entry and navigate yourself up from there.
It was an incredibly hot day & although a lot of the animals were sleeping/chilling there was lots to see. The keeper talks were brilliant & the animal enclosures were large & clean.
There is a lot of walking involved and most of it uphill but the views of Sydney are well worth it.
The bird show is a definite must see & it was wonderful to hear & see first hand how these beautiful birds are being encouraged to thrive at Taronga. We would visit again 🐨🦁🐯🦒🐒🦧
Written 13 February 2024
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Nick
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Although it was 30 degrees in shade , most animals were out of sight or sleeping!
Picked a bad time to visit on a Sunday at 3 pm .
Written 3 February 2024
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Exploration787907
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Wonderfully laid out zoo! So great to see so many animals in open and spacious areas for viewing. Of course seeing koala's and kangaroo's was our highlight. It was great to see how respectful the guide and staff are with respect to the animal sensitivities. They deftly handled the tourists who felt they had a right to touch and hold animals that were legally protected. We have great respect for how the guides balanced the experience with care for the animals. Overall a wonderful experience and we recommend allowing a whole day for this visit!
Written 2 February 2024
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Patricia M
Gosford, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Still a very special place to visit. The ferry ride is just the beginning. The cable car is not operational as it is being revamped. There are free shuttle buses to the main gate at the top of the hill. This means you can wander down all day ready to catch the ferry back to Circular Quay. Booking online was easy and cheap. Dont be scammed by some tour companies which I found to charge nearly double.
Written 30 January 2024
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london057
Dublin, OH695 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This is the best zoo in Oceana . Another thing they have a great 👍 Australia 🇦🇺 exhibit too . Also both the Dingos and Kolas Bears 🐻 are amazing 🤩 . Lastly this is a very clean zoo too .
Written 26 January 2024
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Lindz888
Albury, Australia88 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
My wife and I took our daughter , a son and our 2 norwegian grand children aged 8 & 6 to Taronga on 12/12/2023. After 2 pensioner discounts the entry fee was $269.70. It was a very disappointing family day out. We saw no lions , no tigers , no bears , no water animals etc etc etc All we saw was 4 giraffes , a few koalas, a few kangaroos, a bird aviary , a indoor reptile display . I have been there numerous times in the last 40 years but this visit was so bad I almost asked for a refund ! Canberra Zoo is a 10/10 but Taronga !! is a RIP OFF
Written 23 January 2024
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Azarul F
Shah Alam, Malaysia114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I highly recommend you to visit the Zoo if you're in Sydney. The place is huge with lots of spaces for the animals and not cramped like any zoo in the city area. I would recommend going there via the ferry from CQ. This will take you at the bottom of the hill which you can then use the bus to go up to the Zoo main entrance or walk uphill for about 5 mins for the side entrance. Using the ferry will provide a difference experience as you will sail pass the harbour bridge and the Sydney Opera House. At the zoo, you can easily spend a whole day here exploring everything. There are also stunning views of Sydney Harbour.
Written 19 January 2024
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Taronga Zoo admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost AU$51.95, while a popular guided tour starts around AU$13.73 per person.

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