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“Great experience but expensive” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo
Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman, New South Wales 2088, Australia
61 2 9969 2777
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Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Mosman
Activities: Camping, Viewing wildlife, Walking
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Taking a ferry directly from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo, located in the suburb of Mosman, is the first unexpected joy of visiting the animal park. Once there, the leisurely trails and opportunity to see some of Australia's distinct wildlife become apparent, as does the striking view of the Harbour Bridge from the seating at the aerial bird show. Advance booking can give you the chance to see koalas up close, or stay overnight and 'camp' in the zoo.
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“Great experience but expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

The Taronga Zoo is a must-do if you're not going to one of the out-of-Sydney wildlife parks (which I actually prefer). However, the Zoo is close in to the downtown area and so if you don't want an all day trip to a wildlife park, it is a great option.

To our surprise, the combo harbor ferry-zoo pass wasn't as cheap as a combo Capt Cook Cruises/zoo pass - we'd have thought the city ferries to be cheaper than the private enterprise cruise line.

The 'cuddle a koala' experience is now 'stand sort of close to a koala' - not quite the same thing at all, but perhaps better than nothing.

The gondola ride was great (and costs no more than walking or taking a bus to the main gate, so very recommended).

Visited August 2013
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“Don't miss the bird show!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

This zoo really does have a lovely view of Sydney Harbour, especially from the area where they hold the free-flight bird show. The bird show is a must-see!

I unfortunately didn't have quite enough time to wander around at leisure, but I managed to see most of the zoo and I think it's pretty good. Just a pity that most of the animals were slumbering or being lazy in the afternoon sun at the time...

(Side note: I don't quite know how to answer the "What sort of visit was this?" question because I went there with my sisters and parents and aunt, but none of us are teens or young children...)

Visited August 2013
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“Return to Taronga Zoo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We visited again just recently and thought it a good idea to show some of the prices
Parking there is plenty of it and all under cover only a short walk to the zoo entrance
$ 30 full day
Entry into the Zoo per person $44
Prices include map showing animal feeding times, shows, toilet, ATM stroller hire, cafe, take away, etc
Pensioner $31.50
2 sausage sizzles and 1 coke $22
We did not see any snow lions, only one male lion, the elephants were locked inside
It seemed darker than it usually is in the possums caves people were tripping over each other
Loved Rainforest walk
The Zoo is open 365 days

Bridge toll from Sydney $4 each way

Visited August 2013
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“Fun place to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

This is a fun zoo to visit. It is very well laid out and there are a lot of exhibits to see, including a very good show with a couple of different seal animals. Best way to get there is to go to Circular Quay, #2 and buy a family pass that includes return passage for two adults and two children, entrance to the zoo and a ride on the gondola from the ferry dock at the zoo to the park (I took the bus since the line for the gondola was long and slow moving). The zoo is designed so that you start at the top and work your way down so that you end up at the bottom, back near the ferry dock. If you buy the pass, you go right to the entrance of the zoo and do not have to wait in line for tickets. The cost of the family pass was the best deal that I could find. Plenty of animals for kids and you can easily spend 4-5 hours enjoying the place. Great views of the city from the ferry ride and also from the zoo.

Visited August 2013
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“The Zoo Of Your Dream”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This zoo consists of the best animal encounters in all of Sydney. There's just so much to see. You would go there for an entire day and still miss something. This zoo is entertaining, amusing and great for children too. Go to this zoo if you haven't already. I mean now.

Visited February 2013
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