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Sydney taronga zoo tours, activities and tickets

Go buck wild at Taronga Zoo during your Sydney tour!  One of Australia’s oldest zoos has undergone significant renovations and represents one of the most modernized Sydney attractions.  So, a Taronga Zoo trip offers memorable encounters with exotic wildlife within settings that closely resemble their natural habitats.  And, as you could probably imagine, Taronga Zoo tickets provide the rare opportunity to come face-to-face with Australia’s unique, endemic animal species.  And, if you’d like a sneak peek into the life of a zookeeper, then why not upgrade to the Taronga Zoo Behind-the-scenes Guided Walking Tour?  Or, spend the night at the zoo and camp on the lush, verdant grounds during the Taronga Zoo Roar & Snore Experience.  You can even pair a Taronga Zoo sightseeing tour with an exciting whale watching excursion during your Sydney trip.  And, if you’d like to experience everything that Sydney has to offer, including the Taronga Zoo, then go all out with a Sydney iVenture Card!  It’s what to do in Sydney if you appreciate significant savings on Sydney attraction passes, dining experiences,  Sydney tours, and more!


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Our tips for Taronga Zoo


  • Think Ahead.Purchasing your Taronga Zoo tickets online can save you both time and money.And, there’s nothing quite like skipping the ticket booth and waltzing right in. 
  • Pack a Picnic Basket.Like any Sydney attraction that serves food, Taronga Zoo inflates prices significantly.So, pack your own lunch and save a bundle!
  • Do Your Research.For many visitors, exploring the entire Taronga Zoo in a single day is nigh impossible.So, figure out which animals you really want to see and plan a route that hits them all.
  • Time-saving Tip – Short on time? That’s O.K.! One way to save time and energy at Taronga Zoo is to take a ride on the Sky Safari. It takes you to the top of the hill; so, your walk around the park will be mostly downhill from there.

Good to know

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Taronga Zoo is September through November.  Please remember that the seasons are flipped south of the equator; so, this is Australia’s spring.  The weather is cool and the humidity subsides a bit, making for a more enjoyable Taronga Zoo trip.  March through August represents Australia’s runner-up, weather wise.  But, because these months overlap with summer break in most countries, you could run into a significant tourist crush.  December through February is Australia’s summer.  It’s hot.  It’s humid.  It’s inadvisable to book your Taronga Zoo tickets for this time of year.  Regardless of what time of year you arrive, the best time of day to start your Taronga Zoo tour is right when the gates open.  The air is crisp, the crowds are small, and the animals just woke up.  So, your favorite species will be at its most frisky.  Without question, arriving early during your Taronga Zoo sightseeing trip is one of the craftiest things to do in Sydney!

Getting there

Getting to the Taronga Zoo is simple!  And, interestingly enough, you can even reach the zoo by ferry.  It’s just over 10 minutes away from Circular Quay by ferry.  And, ferries run every 30 minutes.  Otherwise, you can take the Zoo Express, which is operated by Captain Cook Cruises.  Those who would like to travel by bus can catch the M30 from Town Hall, Central, and Wynyard train stations.  Another option is taking the 238 bus from the Balmoral Beach area.  If you are travelling through Sydney by train, then you will need to alight at Circular Quay and take the aforementioned ferry.  Taxis present the most seamless, stress-free way to get to Taronga Zoo.  But, you’ll soon discover that it’s also the most expensive mode of transportation.  Nevertheless, if you don’t mind paying up, taking a taxi to Taronga Zoo is one of the best things to do in Sydney!

Did you know?

Quick Trivia – Become the tour guide for your group with this Taronga Zoo trivia!

  • In 2004, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, attended the opening ceremony for the new bilby exhibit.  And, one of the bilbies was named “Bilby George” after their son.
  • Opened in 1916, Taronga Zoo does not hold the honor of Australia’s first zoo.  That belongs to the Melbourne Zoo.
  • The Taronga Zoo cares for over 4,000 animals spread over 350 different species.  And, many of them are threatened or endangered.
  • Taronga is an Australian Aboriginal word that roughly translates to “beautiful view”.

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