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New York, New York
April 1, 2011
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October 30, 2009
From journal Things to See in Sydney
Corpus Christi, Texas
September 24, 2006
From journal Living in Australia
August 8, 2006
From journal Nine Days in Australia
January 30, 2006
Taronga Zoo is located next to the Parramatta river, at the opposite site from the centre of the city. It lies on Bradleys Head road in the suburb Mosman. It is easily reachable by bus or by car, but definitely the most scenic way to come to the zoo is taking the ferry from Circular Quay in Sydney's city centre. A round trip ticket, including the entrance ticket to the zoo, will cost you 20-35 aussie bucks. Even if you don't like zoos or when you are short of money, you should take the ferry here at least one time (5AU$ one way), cause it offers superb views on the Parramatta river, the Harbour bridge, the Opera House and the CBD of Sydney.
The lower entrance to the zoo is just next to the wharf. A second entrance is foreseen at the upper edge of the zoo (it is built on the slopes of a hill) for people coming by bus or car. The zoo was started during the 1920's, quite old for a zoo. You can see this at the entrance gate, a nice neo-classical building. Just after the lower entrance is a bassin with seals and sea lions, with a seal show twice a day. Next stop is the African part of the zoo, with zebra's, camels and giraffes. A little bit further they do a bird show twice a day, with parrots and birds of prey. They even half a huge eagle flying over the heads of the public. Amazing!
Other very interesting parts of the zoo are the Asian part with Asian elephants and tapirs, the aviary where you can walk between storks, ducks and pelicans, the excellent serpenteria, with boa's, crocodiles, lizzards, toads and frogs, and the exquisite Australian nightlife experience. The latter one is not a pounding techno music bar full of drunk people (which can easily be found in Sydney, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings), but a darkened hall (your eyes need to adapt to the lack of light for a few minutes) packed with interesting Australian night creatures, like flying foxes, bats, possums, and an aquarium with platypuses. We were unable to spot these strange and timid animals, looking like a cross-bred between a duck and a beaver, but the movement in the water made it clear that they were somewhere.
You can spot many other animals in the park including wallabies, kangaroos, emu's, gibbons, gorillas, foxes, tigers, bears, etc. Last but not least, the zoo offers some spectacular views on Sydney Harbour and the city centre.
From journal Summer in Australia's Biggest City
Brooklyn, New York
September 13, 2005
If you won't be getting out in the wild while visiting Australia, this zoo is a must. You can see all the native animals here: wombats, echidnas, kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. They also had some animals I'd never seen at zoos before: tafirs, meercats, and tahrs.
They are building an Asian animal pavilion, which was unfinished when I was there.
From journal A Taste of Sydney, Australia
San Jose, California
September 11, 2005
The VIP Gold Tour is well worth the extra cost. Requiring advanced reservations, a small group (max. 6) is guided through up-close and personal encounters with a good variety of Australian wildlife. Other visitors were jealous to watch me and a family of four petting echidnas and getting our pictures taken right next to the koalas. The two guides were highly knowledgeable and very friendly.
Taronga is rightly known as "the zoo with a view." Some of the best views I had of Sydney were from there. The Sky Safari cable car to and from the ferry landing gives some you won't get any other way.
The zoo is rather hilly and can be quite tiring to walk around. Give yourself plenty of time to explore. Those with mobility difficulties might want to consider a wheelchair.
Entrance to the Taronga Zoo is included in the Smart Visit card.
From journal Cosmopolitan Sydney
March 10, 2005
From journal Finding Home in Sydney
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
January 24, 2005
The best part of Taronga is the view. It's set up on a hill with fantastic views of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House, and the Bridge. It's accessible by ferry from Circular Quay, then a short cable-car ride up to the zoo entrance.
Get there early if you want to get your picture taken with a koala.
From journal Sydney in summer
July 14, 2004
The zoo is on the pricey side (adults AU$27, roughly US$20), but it's well worth it. (Note: you can buy a "Zoopass" for roundtrip travel to/from the zoo plus admission, from Circular Quay; or transport/discount is included in a SydneyPass). The park opened in October of 1916, and has only been closed twice in its history - it is otherwise open 9-5 daily, every day of the year. Taronga Zoo, and its sister zoo, the Western Plains Zoo, focuses on scientific research, conservation and education, with planned projects to constantly expand and enhance their current offerings.
I had not been to a zoo in several years, but it seemed the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon - plus, it gave me the excuse to take the ferry. I couldn't possibly visit Sydney without getting out on that magnificent harbor!
I was blissfully happy as our ferry sped across the harbor, the wonderful Australian sun on my face, and we were soon disembarking at the zoo's dock. There are three ways into the zoo - the 'Lower', 'Sky Safari' and the 'Top' entrances. Taronga Zoo, you see, is built on a hillside overlooking the harbor - the line to take the "Sky Safari" gondola ride was very long, nearly half an hour, while the shuttlebus was ready to go and had us at the entry building in under five minutes.
The zoo's trail system rambles up and down the hillsides, so it is best to start at the and work your way down the paths - plot out the places you'd like to go in advance. The zoo's layout is more wheelchair-friendly than you might think, although there are some areas that may be slightly more difficult to access.
Taronga houses a magnificent collection of animals in a "bar-free" environment, showcasing their animals in more "natural" environments - one of the world leaders in this kind of zoo setting. Every so often as you wander about you catch a glimpse of the harbor and the city beyond, and you have to think that these animals have one of the best views in the world!
I was particularly fond of a walk-through exhibit where you could get quite close to kangaroos. Somewhere too I had seen that you could get to hold koalas at the zoo - an idea that was readily debunked once I found my way to the koala enclosure. You can get very close up to a koala (they look absolutely cuddly, too), but you cannot hold one yourself these days. Still, it is fascinating seeing these creatures much closer than I ever have before.
The zoo staff is wonderful, happy to share their knowledge with you, clear in their love for their animals. Taronga also puts on many talks and shows throughout the day, so there is plenty to see, do and learn here.
From journal CT Yankee in the Land of Oz