Taronga Zoo is known for its close encounter with your favorite Aussie animals such as wombats, koalas, and kangaroos. And in desperate to get to see up close a koala, we went for a visit to Taronga Zoo.
To get to Taronga Zoo, purchase a ferry ticket bound to Taronga Zoo at Circular Quay Railway Station. One way ticket fare cost 7AUD for government and 20AUD for private. *Prices may change without prior notice.
You can buy single tickets on the booths nearby.
Passengers prefer to stay in the open terrace to get a better view of Sydney.
While in the ferry, if you do not easily get seasick you can capture some picturesque cityscape of Sydney.
And after 30-40 mins ride, we finally get to docked in Taronga Zoo’s harbor. It seems like a secluded island exclusive only for the zoo.
To get to the zoo you can either walk for about 40 mins or so but the road is a bit steep.
Another option is the cable car that goes straight inside the zoo. The ride will only take 15 mins or less and will take you inside the zoo itself.
We choose to ride the bus. The incoming bus comes every 5 or 10 minutes.
Entrance ticket to Taronga Zoo cost 47AUD (Prices may change without prior notice) and opens 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM (varies depending on month).
Once you get inside, you’ll get to see the souvenir shop and photo board. Cute!
Here’s a snap of Taronga Zoo’s map which is available on every corner. You could also grab some brochures on the counter too 😉
Of course, our main goal this time is to get a closer look this time with the koalas. Only a few zoos in Australia offer a close encounter as it may cause stress with them. Taronga zoo is among those few who offer a close encounter with the koalas in a limited time only. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it on time. Good thing I brought my zoom lens. So here are some of my shots with these cute koalas.
Taronga is huge and we find ourselves lost sometimes. And more animals to meet along the way.
- Reptile world
- Wetland birds
- Rainforest trail is where the bears and tigers are. You can also get to watch a small clip all about tigers in Tiger Trek.
- Elephant trail
- Meerkats (cuuute!)
- Experience giraffe encounter too in a limited time only.
- Kids trail is designed more like a farm. There are alpacas, lambs, goats, emu, and even silkies chicken!
- Australian walkabout. Who wouldn’t miss the kangaroos and wallabies.
After all the rounds and getting lost on trails, make sure to fill up your stomach. Taronga Zoo has a restaurant inside with a lot of food menu to choose from. Love their chicken and spinach sandwich, very filling!
Or sip a cup of coffee located inside their souvenir shop. Maybe you could bump into a peacock as well. It looks like he wanted to have a cup of coffee too hehe.
We visited on a weekday and we bumped into kids that are I’m guessing on their field trip. And of course, families who are enjoying their picnics. Cuties!
If you’re in Sydney I recommend checking Taronga Zoo’s schedule of encounter so you could maximize your visit. Animal encounters happen in the early morning. And remember to just enjoy the experience 🙂
Check out also my video on YouTube!