Sydney's zoo, in a natural bush area on the harbor's north shore, houses an extensive collection of Australian fauna, including everybody's favorite marsupial, the koala. The zoo has taken great care to create spacious enclosures that simulate natural habitats. The hillside setting is steep in parts, and a complete tour can be tiring, but you can use the map distributed free at the entrance gate to plan a leisurely route. The views of the harbor are stunning. Use of children's
strollers (the basic model) is free. The best way to get here from the city is by ferry from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour. From Taronga Wharf a bus or the cable car will take you up the hill to the main entrance. The ZooPass, a combined ferry-zoo ticket (A$52) is available at Circular Quay. You can also stay overnight at the zoo in what's billed as the "wildest slumber party in town." The "Roar and Snore" program includes a night tour, two behind-the-scenes tours, drinks, dinner, breakfast, and luxury tent accommodation at A$261 per adult on week nights and A$290 per adult on Friday/Saturday. Other special programs include being a "Keeper for a Day."
Apr 6, 2007
I was a little disappointed with this zoo. It has several exhibits of Australian animals but seemed to be most interested in displaying their recent elephant exhibit. I've seen elephants before. Once you arrive, take the free skyway to the top of the hill and work your way down. Kids will enjoy it but as an adult I was finished within 30 minutes.
Jul 2, 2003
Walk with the Kangaroos, have a picture with a Koala, stare at the many snakes and komona dragons. Bigger bears than the ones I grew up with in Alaska! White tigers-snarling tasmanian devils--this place has it all!