About Taronga Zoo
The iconic zoo, spread over 69 acres of harbor land, is habitat to some of the exotic flora and fauna which include, but not limited to Australian Kangaroos, Koalas, Wallabies, Sumatran Tigers, Asian Elephants, Platypus, etc. A long list of additions to the Taronga Zoo includes a giraffe house in 1923, a marine museum or fish tank in 1927, Tahr hummock in 1932, and tiger dens in 1939.
A range of experiences like tiger trek, elephant trail, serpentarium, and tours such as keeper-guided Wild Australian tour, VIP Aussie Gold tour, Nuara Diya tour, Roar & Snore tour, etc, captivate and entertain visitors. Shows such as Seal show, Chimpanzee keeper talk, Penguin talk, Sky safari, and Wild ropes attract droves of visitors throughout the year. Every year 1.5 million tourists visit Taronga zoo.
How to Reach Taronga Zoo
- Visitors can reach Taronga Zoo from Sydney airport either by engaging a taxi, shuttle, Towncar, uber, or by public transport. Self-driving is the cheapest mode of transport from Sydney airport to Taronga Zoo, which costs around Rs. 140 – 210.
Best Time to Visit Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo opens every day of the year from 9.30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. It remains open even for Christmas festivals too.
What Not to Miss at Taronga Zoo
The most preferred and highly visited programs in Taronga Zoo are the QBE bird show and the Seal show. Both of the shows are free for those who buy Taronga Zoo entry tickets.
QBE, the free-flight bird show, which begins daily at 12 pm and 3 pm, showcases the quintessential behavior of the birds in their natural surroundings. Visitors can expect to see an Andean Candor spreading its 3-meter broad wings or watch the flight of Red-tailed Black Cockatoo and Galah against picturesque Sydney harbor skyline. The duration of the show is 20 minutes.
The Seal show happens at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily with an additional show on weekends at 1 p.m. Visitors will be enthralled by the seals’ instinctive skills of fishing, climbing and diving maneuvers. Also, learn about the marine environment and watch the inborn abilities of Australian Sea Lion, Californian sea Lion, and New Zealand fur seal, etc.
8. In the penguins’ talk show (2:40 pm), the host explains the journey of penguins to the Taronga Zoo, and how the injured penguins reach the zoo and find rehabilitation in their new home.
The free to enter “tiger trek” tour equips onlookers about the different facets of Sumatran tigers like their habitation, hunting skills, and their dwindling population. Enthusiasts get to watch the majestic tigers from close quarters.
The 4 adult & junior wild rope courses of different levels, which let visitors navigate suspension bridges, climb walls, and slide, pump up the adrenalin and conquer fears. Two wild rope courses are available for kids too. The course time ranges between 45 minutes to 2 hours based on the package and type of challenge selected. Tariffs: Adults- $ 39 (Rs. 1908), Juniors- $34 (Rs. 1663), and children- $22 (Rs. 1076).
Other Essential Information About Taronga Zoo
Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
The zoo opens from
Facilities for visitors:
The zoo’s mobile app dishes out all kinds of information to the visitor to plan the day, find areas and routes one likes to visit and learn about animals. Its facilities include cafes, eateries, picnic spots, and free Wi-Fi zones, ATMs, parent rooms, restrooms, first aid kits, lockers, stroller hire, and free water bubblers.
Distance from Sydney Airport:
The road distance from Sydney airport to Taronga Zoo, Sydney is 22.5 km.
Explore Fauna and Flora of Taronga Zoo
The Zoo houses around 4,000 animals belonging to 350 types in 8 geographic regions.
Australian wetland animals such as black-necked stork, Australian pelican, black swan, little pied cormorant, royal spoonbill, brolga, water whistling duck are some of the inhabitants the Taronga zoo.
Tasmanian devil, barn owl, eastern quoll, feather-tail glider, gecko, ghost bat, diamond python, possum, etc. grouped under Australian Nightlife charm the visitors.
Birdwatchers will have a field day watching the Australian rainforest aviary comprising rainbow lorikeet, double-eyed fig parrot, pacific emerald dove, black-faced monarch, Wonga parrot, white-headed pigeon, and other varieties.
A range of seals and sea lions of the great southern oceans captivate the crowds. The numerous reptiles of the Taronga zoo scare and surprise the onlookers.
The chimpanzees, gorillas, Asian elephant, and Wild Asia trail exhibits amuse and amaze visitors.
Tips before visiting Taronga Zoo
- People are advised to carry hats, sunscreen lotion, etc to protect themselves from the harsh sun and high UV radiation.
- Tourists are advised to keep themselves hydrated, by carrying mineral water bottles along with them, as the tour takes 4 hrs to a day.
- The Zoo has many cafes and eateries. But outside food is allowed and families can gather at the many picnic spots of the zoo and enjoy a bite.
- Covering all the attractions on the 28-hectare zoo in a day can be quite a task. Seek keepers talk and interactive guides to decide on must-see animals and tours to optimize your experience.
- Buying tickets online will not only save your money but helps to skip the long queues.