The animals at Taronga Zoo have to have the best view of Sydney's harbour. Given that Taronga is the Aboriginal word for 'beautiful view' I'm pretty sure that was the intention when the zoo was relocated to Athol Bay in the uber trendy Mosman from Moore Park, now the site of Sydney Boys High School.
Taronga Zoo has been operating for almost 100 years having opened in 1916. Housing 2,600 animals (340 species ) it certainly showcases a beautiful view of the harbour and the zoo itself embraces open style enclosures with very few bars and cages in site.
The giraffes have the best view, not only because of their height advantage but they are perched in a harbourside spot with the beautiful backdrop of Sydney Harbour Bridge. Open from 9.30pm to 5.00pm each day Taronga Zoo ensures you get your money's worth with the ever popular Great Southern Oceans seal show, hand feeding displays and keeper talks, animal encounters where you can get up close and personal, the amazing QBE free flight bird show and the gondola lift ,which spans the length of the park and gives you a great look at the enclosures from up above.
Always aiming to provide the best opportunities for humans and animals to interact, the newest exhibition, The Lemur Forest Adventure has just opened. A colourful playground for children to run, play, jump and explore right alongside the mischievous, cheeky lemur whilst learning more about them.
Perfectly equipped with kiosks, food court, plenty of toilets and gift shops Taronga Zoo is a wonderful day out with the family. Lots of walking involved but take your time (and comfortable shoes) and enjoy the wonderful experience.