A fun 12 minute ferry ride across Sydney Harbour lands you right at beautiful Taronga Zoo. The name Taronga means beautiful view and is certainly appropriate. The zoo is located on a 52 acre site situated right on the north side of the harbour across from downtown Sydney.
Taronga Zoo first opened in 1916 replacing the first zoo in New South Wales that opened in Moore Park in 1884. The concept was to avoid bars and create a more natural environment for the animals. Today the zoo continues with a tradition of conservation and education. It is the first zoo in Australia to successfully breed and elephant and the second to breed a platypus. You can see, photograph and even interact with some of the 2600 animals representing 340 species. Zoo keepers hold interesting talks throughout the day.
For even more spectacular views you can enjoy a ride on the gondola which carries you above the zoo from the Ferry Wharf to the Main Entrance. Since you will probably want to spend the better part of a day here you can get something to eat form Bakhits's Cafe which has a regular dining area or take-out. You can also pack you own picnic launch end take advantage of the picnic and BBQ facilities located around the Zoo's walking circuit.
Cost: Admission charges apply. See the official website for current prices.
Hours: 365 days a year from 9am to 5pm
Address: Located in Manly in the Northern Beaches District of Sydney
Website: Taronga Zoo
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|Train and Ferry||Circular Quay||1 minute|
By Train and Ferry: Make your way to Circular Quay Station by Train or Bus and board the Taronga Zoo Ferry. This is an enjoyable 12 minute ferry ride that departs every 30 minutes at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour. Exit the Ferry and follow the walkway around the perimeter of the cul-de-sac to the to stairs or elevator up to the zoo entrance.
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