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Sydney Australia Taronga Zoo

Updated on February 21, 2013

Visit Taronga Zoo Sydney

Want to visit a zoo that features a cable car, has the option of staying overnight and enjoys some of the most spectacular city & harbour views in the world? Then you have come to the right place. Probably Australia's most famous zoo, Taronga zoo is centrally located on a slope facing the opera house and the harbour bridge, and unless there's another magical zoo with similar scenery somewhere, I would say it must be among the most beautiful zoos in the world.

It features most of the native Australian animals...naturally... as well as variety of African mammals, reptiles and marine life. You can either drive to the zoo or do the more romantic thing and arrive via one of Sydney's small ferries. Visiting Taronga Zoo sure is a great way to spend the day, so here's an introduction to the park.

Taronga Zoo Daily Activities

There is always a lot going on in the zoo so it's important to check the timetable before planning your trip, so you get the most out of the day.

Some of the daily activities are the classic 3pm FREE FLIGHT BIRD SHOW which is well worth watching, the SEAL SHOW as well as a variety of Zoo keeper talks and animal encounters.

Some of the Zoo's local residents: The red panda and the Komodo dragon.

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Roar & Snore

Would you like to stay over night at a zoo? Taronga Zoo organises an all inclusive experience where you'll get sleep in safari tents, enjoy a great meal and get behind the scenes of the zoo.

There is also the option of doing the Roar & Snore tour in Taronga's partner zoo "TARONGA WESTERN PLAINS" in DUBBO. The western plains zoo is another great place to visit, but it's not exactly close to Sydney. It's about a 6 hour drive from Sydney and is located in quite a different setting. The Zoo is set in an African theme with lots of African wild life and you can drive through parts of the park. I have done the Roar & Snore experiences and can highly recommend it!

Opening hours & Rates

The Zoo is open daily from 9am - 5pm and the admission prices are:

Regular Admission Prices:

Adults $44

Children (4-15 years) $22

Children (under 4) Free

Discounted Admission Prices:

Seniors $31.50

Pensioners $31.50

Students $31.50

Family: adult $37.40, child $18.70 (minimum of three guests visiting)

I know, it's not exactly cheap is it? :-) So why not become a ZOO FRIEND? An annual membership is only:

Joining Fee $10

Adult $107.50

Children (4-15 years) $52.50

Children (under 4) Free

Family $250.00 (2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children)

Concession $75

and you get to visit the Zoo as much as you like and join special events and animal encounters. So if you are in the area for an extended period of time, it's definitely not a bad option.

Thanks for visiting - hope you enjoyed it - Please feel free to add comments

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Have been to the Zoo a couple of times, and if I ever get back to Sydney, will visit again. Still haven't made Dubbo though.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      It's a fabulous zoo. My regret was we didn't allow enough time to see it properly. Don't think you can zip in and see everything in a couple of hours as it is a big zoo.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I did visit this zoo once! Loved it, great Lens, brings back memories!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Roar and Snore sounds like it would be right up my alley, what a wonderful experience...lucky you! You are tantalizing us!

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Great lens. I used to hear the lions roar across Sydney Harbour when I lived in Bondi as child. The Zoo was always high on the agenda for a day's outing and then the only way of getting around was by foot or elephant ride (great adverture for kids). It has changed a lot since then as had the view, but a great place to visit.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I haven't been to Sydney Zoo, but went to Melbourne Zoo when I was in Australia. That was a great experience. I would love to go back to Sydney, and Taronga would be a great place to stop.

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      ForestBear LM 6 years ago

      Thank you emerald125, yes you should do it!

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      Paula Morgan 6 years ago from Sydney Australia

      Great information for visitors planning a trip to Taronga Zoo. I really want to try the Roar and Snore.