Taronga Zoo in Sydney is one of the top tourist spots in the city. Officially opened in 1916, Taronga Zoo has quickly become one of the most famous zoological parks in the world.
At Taronga Zoo, they believe animals and people can live on this planet together and have spent the last 100 years striving to achieve that.
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Where Is Taronga Zoo & How To Get There
Taronga Zoo is located in the suburb of Mosman, on the north side of Sydney Harbour.
If you’re already over on the northside of the harbour bridge, you can easily catch buses and taxi’s to the zoo. Equally, if you’re close enough you can take the walking trail along the coast and into the zoo.
If you’re in the central city, then getting to Taronga Zoo is pretty simple. Simply board one of the ferries at Circular Quay and take the peaceful, relaxing ride over to the Zoo. Taronga Zoo has it’s own ferry wharf, making it super simple to access the zoo.
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Taronga Zoo Prices
An adult ticket to Taronga Zoo will cost you around $47 AUD and a child ticket will be around $37 AUD.
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What To Expect At Taronga Zoo
If you have the time, I honestly would set aside the best part of an entire day to explore Taronga Zoo. From gorillas to seals and everything else in between, you’ll never be left wanting more from Taronga Zoo. From the entrance, the very first exhibition you’ll see is the most iconic animal in Australia, the Koala bears.
From here you’ll pick up a map of the zoo and make your way around each and every exhibition, making sure you check out what time the shows, feeding times and animal talks are on.
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Throughout the day, keepers will host talks and shows with the animals to give you a closer insight into what Taronga Zoo has on offer and to learn about the incredible animals they have on-site. A favorite of mine is the seal show which is usually on at around 2:00 pm every day.
Grab lunch in the huge on-site cafe with front row seats to the elephant enclosure before taking on the tiger trail and Australian bushwalk. Come face to face with kangaroos and experience the true beauty of these animals.
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A DAY AT TARONGA ZOO
A day at Taronga Zoo is not only a great way to explore the most iconic zoo in the world but to also slow down your pretty fast-paced trip of Sydney.
A day at the zoo will most likely include a very glacial paced walk around as you learn about each animal in the enclosure. You’re in for a great day but a very slow-paced one. Sometimes you need a day like this.
Finish up with ice cream on the wharf as you wait for your ferry to arrive, to take you back to the city.
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Taronga Zoo Facts
- Taronga Zoo has 4000 animals in its care and over 350 species.
- t’s Australia’s largest zoo and officially opened it’s doors in 1916.
- Taronga is an aboriginal word meaning Beautiful View.
- In 2003 it became the 2nd zoo in Australia to breed the platypus.
Final Thoughts On Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo will definitely be a highlight of your trip. Especially as they’re currently expanding the African Exhibition to add even more animals to the zoo, you’ll definitely see away a few hours here.
It’s a staple, tourist hotspot in Sydney, it has some of the most spectacular views of the city and it’s one of the most iconic zoos in the world. What’s not to like?
If you have any questions at all about visiting Taronga Zoo, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
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WHERE TO STAY IN SYDNEY
Sydney has hundreds of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Sydney to suit the needs of luxury travelers and budget backpackers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Hyatt Regency Sydney
Probably one of the most luxurious and top-rated hotels in Sydney, the Hyatt Regency. Located right under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, this hotel is at the height of luxury with a swimming pool, restaurants, open-air bars and a 24-hour fitness center! Spacious rooms with large comfortable beds, private bathroom, free wifi throughout as well as those incredible views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Mid Range: Ryals Hotel Broadway
This is the perfect mid-range option in Sydney. Located in Glebe, this stylish and modern hotel offers great value accommodation with luxury rooms. Large comfortable beds, free breakfast every morning, wifi throughout and even washing services. Located just a 40-minute walk from Circular Quay or if you’re not feeling the walk, then just hop on the tram from the station about 10 minutes from your door. A really great hotel for a really great price.
Budget: Holiday Lodge Hotel
A family-run hotel, located in Potts Point, just 10 minutes by public transport to the Harbour Bridge. A small, quaint and very unique hotel, offers you a wonderful stay during your time in Sydney, at a really reasonable price. With rooms that sleep up to 5 people, this accommodation offers something for everyone. Airport shuttle, wifi and heating are also features of this budget accommodation in Sydney.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR SYDNEY
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphones.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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