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Taronga Zoo
Vacation Travel Guide

This world-renowned zoo is cherished for its Sydney Harbour views and its residents.

Nestled into 185-acres (75-hectares) of hilly harbor-side bushland in the upscale suburb of Mosman, you’ll find one of the world’s most spectacular zoos. Taronga Zoo is the perfect place to encounter Australia's wildlife. And, with more than 2,500 animals representing 340-plus species, Taronga has the entire world covered.

Taronga Zoo is a 12-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay. Disembark at the Zoo Wharf, grab a map and climb aboard the Sky Safari for the scenic cable-car ride to the top of the hill.

Australian native animals are strongly represented at the zoo, including koalas, Tasmanian devils, echidnas and kangaroos. Pay a visit to the Nocturnal House where you’ll see many of Australia’s marsupials at play, including the platypus and the bilby, Australia’s answer to the Easter Bunny.

Enjoy the playful antics of the juvenile Asian elephants and see the ring-tailed lemurs as they swing through their enclosure. Watch otters play and meerkats scurry about their rocky home. Give your feet a rest during the free bird show, as kites, black cockatoos and a giant condor fly free overhead.

Learn more about the zoo’s residents at the free daily keeper talks or book an Animal Encounters experience where you’ll get to feed the giraffes, meet a cute koala, or have your photograph taken with an owl perched on your arm.

If you’re hungry, stop in at one of the zoo’s cafés or grab a sunny spot in one of the picnic areas, perfect for taking in the views. For a memorable zoo experience, consider joining the Roar & Snore program. This overnight adventure entails camping overnight in safari tents, enjoying food and wine, and seeing the animals up-close.

Taronga Zoo is open daily, including public holidays. If traveling by ferry, buy a pass which includes the ferry ticket as well as zoo entry for a discounted price. Parking is available on-site; fees apply after the first 90 minutes.

Top Hotels Close to Taronga Zoo

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥20,065 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6

This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (2,092 reviews)

"Beautiful rooms although little on the small side. Harbour view rooms worth the extra price. Breakfast was limited for what I would expect for a 5 star hotel"…"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2021

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Wildlife Retreat at Taronga
Wildlife Retreat at Taronga
4.5 out of 5
Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, NSW
The price is ¥29,804 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9

Located in Mosman, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Taronga Zoo, Balmoral Beach, and Kirribilli House. Museum of Sydney and Museum of Contemporary ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)

"Fantastic experience, will definitely refer family and friends."…"

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2020

Wildlife Retreat at Taronga
Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo Sydney
Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo Sydney
3 out of 5
Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, NSW
The price is ¥18,109 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5

Located in Mosman, this campground is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Taronga Zoo and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Circular Quay. Balmoral Beach and Museum of Sydney are also within ...

Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo Sydney
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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥20,065 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Wildlife Retreat at Taronga
Wildlife Retreat at Taronga
4.5 out of 5
Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, NSW
The price is ¥29,804 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9
Wildlife Retreat at Taronga
Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo Sydney
Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo Sydney
3 out of 5
Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, NSW
The price is ¥18,109 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo Sydney
Mosman Torre - Executive Luxury Home
Mosman Torre - Executive Luxury Home
Sydney, NSW
Mosman Torre - Executive Luxury Home
Serenity on Sirius Family Retreat
Serenity on Sirius Family Retreat
Sydney, NSW
Serenity on Sirius Family Retreat
Art Deco Pad - Mosman Furnished Apartment
Art Deco Pad - Mosman Furnished Apartment
Sydney, NSW
Art Deco Pad - Mosman Furnished Apartment
MRS Milner - Lovely 5 Bedroom Home With Harbour Views & Plunge Pool
MRS Milner - Lovely 5 Bedroom Home With Harbour Views & Plunge Pool
Sydney, NSW
MRS Milner - Lovely 5 Bedroom Home With Harbour Views & Plunge Pool
Modern Studio Mosman Balmoral
Modern Studio Mosman Balmoral
Sydney, NSW
Modern Studio Mosman Balmoral
Luxury Studio Mosman
Luxury Studio Mosman
Sydney, NSW
Luxury Studio Mosman
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