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Published April 28th 2012
Taronga Zoo is a fabulous day out with children, allowing them to learn about conservation as well as seeing amazing Australian and international wildlife, and having a lot of fun. Here are some simple tips to help you have a great day out with the little ones without having to be a lion-tamer!
1. Book your tickets online and skip the queue: Nothing bores the kiddies more than having to stand in line. You can book tickets on the Taronga Zoo website.
2. Plan ahead: Download a zoo map from the Taronga Zoo website, work out which animals your children would most like to see and plan your route. The map also includes a timetable of shows and details child friendly areas, such as KidZoo at Backyard to Bush and the Streets Beach at Great Southern Oceans.
3. Pack water, a hat and sunscreen: Taronga zoo has a sunny aspect and is set on spacious, sloping grounds, so you will be doing a lot of walking. Be well prepared and stay hydrated. If your little ones are finding the going too tough, strollers can be hired for a small fee.
4. Arrive early: Especially during public and school holidays, the zoo can be very busy, turning Military Road into a car park and the car park into...well - a full car park. Beat the queues by arriving in the morning. The animals are more active in the morning too!
5. Get a map: You can pick up a free map from the information desk at the main entrance plaza. It is very handy for finding your way around and also contains important information about amenities and show times.
6. Pack your lunch: The zoo food courts are quite expensive. You might just find that lunch and ice creams for the family are almost equal to your entry costs! There is a parent's room just above the main food court where you will find a microwave oven, should you need it.
7. Plan time to rest and enjoy the views: The Zoo has plenty of seating and rest areas where you can stop and rest. Take advantage of them. The views of Sydney harbour are breathtaking!
8. Consider buying a yearly membership: It only costs a little more than two zoo entries, and will make the day a lot less rushed. Whatever you don't see, you can see on the next visit! With my little one in tow, I've still never managed to do more than half the zoo in a day, so a pass is a great way to lower your stress levels, and the money goes towards conservation of our beautiful zoo. An annual membership also gives you free entry to Western Plains Zoo and discounted parking, as well as a range of other benefits. See the Taronga Zoo website for more details.