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Taronga Zoo Sydney – A Great Place to Visit

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published January 22nd 2017
Get amongst the animals at Taronga Zoo
Early in the year we had the opportunity to take our grandsons to Taronga Zoo in Sydney. What we didn't expect is that two three-and-a-half-year-old boys would last five hours at the zoo.

What's your favourite animal at the zoo? Image by Gary Brown.


Not only were Riley and Lachie well behaved throughout the day, they couldn't get enough of what the zoo had to offer.

Before venturing on our day at the Taronga Zoo Leanne and I worked out a bit of a plan that we would do on the day. This would help make the day more enjoyable for all of us. Riley mainly want to see the giraffes and Lachie wanted to see the zebras. For me it was definitely the meerkats and for Leanne it was the seal show.

Riley mainly wanted to see the giraffes. Image by Gary Brown.


Lachie wanted to see the zebras. Image by Gary Brown


I could have watched the meerkats for hours. Image by Gary Brown.


Make sure you get to the seal show early to get good seats. Image by Gary Brown.


So, what has Taronga Zoo Sydney have on offer?

Click on each heading to find out more.

The koalas are a favourite with many who come to the zoo. Image by Gary Brown.


• Taronga cares for 4,000 animals from over 350 species, many of which are threatened.

• Education programs.

• Conservation Programs.

• Venue Hire / Functions.

• Wild Ropes.

• Accommodation.

• Annual passes.

• Visit Taronga Zoo for $1 On Your Birthday in 2017.

• Newsletters.

• Sky Safari.

• Zoo Shop.

It was decided that we would arrive when the zoo opened. So, after parking and meeting up with Alissa and Andrew we made our way to the area that houses the reptiles, then onto the African Safari (orange path), where the boys got to see their favourites the giraffes and zebras. I also managed a long stop off at the meerkats.

I didn't know that they were so big. Image by Gary Brown.


Look, but don't touch. Image by Gary Brown.


From here we made our way past the gorillas to find a seat at the seal show which was on from 11am. The next major attractions were the elephants and a brief encounter with a few owls, eagles and other birds at the QBE free-flight bird show (blue path).

Don't forget to check out the Gorilla Keeper talk at 3pm. Image by Gary Brown.


Gee, the elephants are big Lachie! Image by Gary Brown.


The free-flight birds have one of the best views in the zoo. Image by Gary Brown.


It was then a trip back up to the top on the Sky Safari to take a walk around the Australian Walkabout (yellow path) to check out the kangaroos, emus, wombats, koalas and Tassie devils.

If Lachie had his way we would have been going up and down on the Sky Safari all day. Image by Gary Brown.


We also checked out a few more animals on the red path and then were amazed at the seals and penguins on the blue path. From here we made our way back up on the Sky Safari and were able to check out the elephants, monkeys and bush birds for one last time.

Alissa wishes that she had a pool like the seal have. Image by Gary Brown.


To make things a bit cheaper for us, Leanne packed a bunch of nibbles, water bottles and bacon and cheese rolls for us and the boys, while Alissa and Andrew brought along cookies. By doing this it cost us just under a $100 for parking, entry for two adults, and food and drinks, and the boys got in for free because they were under four years old. Not bad for just over five hours at the zoo.

To help you make informed choices for your next trip to Taronga Zoo Sydney use the blue links above. Also, you can click on the links below for more information:

Catch a ferry to the zoo. Image by Gary Brown.


• Getting there.

• Opening hours and prices.

• Places to eat.

• Apps to help you while you are there.

• In house tours.

A big day was had by all at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Image by Gary Brown.


Whether you are a resident of Sydney, visiting from interstate, Australia wide or from overseas, Taronga Zoo in Sydney is a place that you will need to visit in the near future.
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Why? A great day out for everyone.
When: Year round
Phone: (02) 9969 2777
Where: Bradley's Head Road, MOSMAN,
Cost: Various. Ref to web site.
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Nice article. Unfortunately every time I went to this zoo either parts of the zoo was going under renovations or parts of it was closed or some of the animals decided not to come out. It's a lovely zoo otherwise.
by RC (score: 3|1221) 692 days ago
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