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“spend a whole day here”
Review of Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo
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Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket
Ranked #2 of 24 things to do in Mosman
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Baradine, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“spend a whole day here”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

I hadn't been here since 1981 & really enjoyed it. We got a combination boat & zoo ticket which should have included a sky rail ride as well but the booking office at Circular Quay did not seem to be aware it was out of action however we were transported by bus. We found the layout good, the exhibits & surroundings for the animals very good & the animals looked relaxed, happy & healthy in their surroundings. The scenery over to the city is really nice . The timetable/map clearly sets out the show times etc so you can plan your day, the bird show was very good. We visited on a quiet mid week day & it was very pleasant wandering around & not having to fight the crowds, especially in the cafe. The food selections were good but were mostly closed by 4 pm when we were looking for something for afternoon tea.
There are new exhibits being constructed at present & we found by careful planning we walked from the top down arriving at the ferry terminal in plenty of time but we got to see all of the exhibits - some animals I hadn't seen before. Spend a whole day here as there is plenty to see . It may be costly, but for a whole day of entertainment it is generally very good value. The zoo appeals to all ages & they have made it very assessible for all abilities.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank gypsy039
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Newcastle, Australia
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“Great zoo but will cost you”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

First time at the zoo since the changes have happened...now have to pay to park! $16 a day in their carpark or $5.00 per hour in the street! Entrance is still the same but now you go inside to a new building to buy your tickets & entry point. Prices have gone up to $44 per adult or $112 per family (2 adults & 2 children).
Great to see all the animals and good variety of species. Taronga have tried to place their animals in more natural habitats, which is good. Great scenery as you walk the zoo, looking over the Sydney harbour to the bridge etc
If you are interested in seeing the different 'shows' make sure you know the times and choose which one's you want to go to.
A great place and full of entertainment. Funny to watch the younger generation (early 20's) getting scared of the wild birds (seagull's & ibis) wonder through the foodhall near the Asian elephant enclosures...we are in the animal evironment afterall!
Sadly they have changed the exit so if you finish near the 'Australian' side you have to walk back towards the 'entry' to exit, as they have the old way sanctioned off.
Our neice loved the zoo and preferred Taronga to her homeland one in Melbourne! Great day of entertainment...but sadly a more costly one now!

Visited February 2013
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Palm Springs, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Animals of the world both two legged and four”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Great day at the zoo. More oriented towards the animals than the guests and that is a good thing.
Easily walkable and handicapped acccessible.
The exhibits show the animals more in their natural habitat. Make sure you ask for the feeding times at the various exhibits and plan your day accordingly.
We had lunch at the City View overlooking the harbor. A very beautiful view. The food was excellent but the service sucked.
Plan for a whole day to take in all of the zoo. A great value!
If you are a senior ask for the discount.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank jchopstix
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Unusual location...on a hill.”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

We pre paid via the internet and so arrived not having to queue for tickets and access...
We were among the first in for the day at 10am....Plenty of parking in multi story carpark, we parked underneath thankfully as it was very hot but.....BEWARE, it cost us $16 to park for the day, and on exit we had to pay by credit card..
I was disappointed with the zoo after hearing so much in a positive way about it.....Lovely pleasant walkways and trails but so few animals seen....The apes couldnt care less, but the fishing cat looked stressed, as it was pacing up and down repeatedly..The tasmanian devil took to hiding, as did the roo's...we saw two who were sleeping. Not many birds seen or found at all dispite us being really quie and spending a lot of time watching, the koala's were being fed so we got to see them..The seal show was wonderul for the kids and quite entertaining, these were the most lively of all the animals we saw...If you want to attend all the shows you have to dot around and be quick....The cafe/food hall provided a good variety although a little expensive....Suggest you take an eski with a picnic. Plenty of places to sit and enjoy the gardens...and trails...When you reach the cable car at the bottom of the zoo, beware once you go back up to the top you are ''out'' of the zoo....On the ride up we had been told you will get brlliant views of the bridge and opera house.....how ever you cannot as the vegitation has grown so much, the views is blocked and you have to be really quick to get any photo's at all.....We have visited better zoo's in Australia, so personally I didnt get alot from this experience.

Visited February 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Best Zoo in the World”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

What a Zoo!! Pure and Simple you can easily spend a whole day here. Buy your tickets at the Ferry terminal in Circular Queue and save time at the Zoo. My advice is to take the cable car to the top and just work your way down. I think one of the most spectacular things at this zoo is the wildlife not behind bars. The walk to the cable car seems a pleasant walk with bushes and trees on either side. But Look Up!! Massive 3d Spider Webs with giant spiders in the middle of them. Not for the faint hearted but don't worry they are out of reach - Just and are only Golden Orb Spiders - pretty harmless. You see these spiders all over this zoo. But wait its not just kangaroos and koalas it has everything you could want to see with the exception of pandas (although Pandas are actually very boring anyway) The weather means all the animals are out basking in the sun which means lot to see. Finally adding a wee nocturnal house so you can see all the things you miss at night in Australia means this is THE Zoo to visit.

Visited March 2012
1 Thank Niall W
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