Itinerary: Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay and Manly

Giraffe at Taronga Zoo
Giraffe at Taronga Zoo mob

Sightseeing in Sydney? With three different ferry services to must-see Sydney Harbour locations, unlimited travel on Manly Fast Ferry, the highest service frequency and longest operating hours, the My Fast Ferry 24-hour Hop On / Hop Off pass offers excellent value, all in one ticket.

9:25 – Board the Hop On / Hop Off service at Circular Quay for Taronga Zoo

Operating a 24hr Hop On / Hop Off fast ferry service, the My Fast Ferry Hop On / Hop Off offers great value with three different sightseeing cruise services included in one pass, stopping at must-see Sydney locations, including Manly, Darling Harbour, Watsons Bay, Taronga Zoo, Quarantine Station, Circular Quay, Pyrmont Bay and Milsons Point.

9:35 - Get off at Taronga Zoo.

The nation’s leading zoological garden, Taronga Zoo features 4,000 of Australia’s native animals and a diverse collection of exotic species. The zoo’s uniquely elevated location allows for magnificent vantage points over Sydney Harbour overlooking Sydney Cove, the Harbour Bridge and the Bridgehouse. Enjoy a live seal show, feed the giraffes, and see up to 350 species including baby elephants, lions, tigers, bears and rare snow leopards.

13:20 – Board the Hop On / Hop Off at Taronga Zoo for Watsons Bay

13:30 – Disembark at Watsons Bay

Located in the Eastern suburbs, Watson’s Bay is Sydney’s oldest fishing village, famous for its spectacular Harbour views and fresh seafood. Take a stroll along one of two walking paths from the wharf; the Watsons Bay Walk runs north past Lady Bay, and on to South Head where on route you’ll see the city skyline, the Pacific Ocean and the historic Hornby Lighthouse. Or head south towards Gap Park and take in Signal Station, Macquarie Lighthouse, the site of the wreck of Dunbar, as you traverse along coastal clifftops. Once you’ve built up an appetite, head to Doyle’s Restaurant to sample their popular fish and chips, or Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, for waterfront dining.

15:09 or 16:10 – Board the Hop On / Hop Off at Watsons Bay to Manly Wharf 2.

15:22 or 16:21 – Disembark at Manly Wharf 2

With its famous surf breaks, golden stretch of 2km sand line with Norfolk Pines, and relaxed beachside vibe, it’s hard to believe Manly is only a 18-minute ferry ride from the bustle of Sydney CBD. Explore the esplanade and walking trails by foot or rent a bike, snorkel the azure waters around Shelley Beach and Cabbage Tree Bay, or rent a kayak and paddle to Store Beach before working up an appetite and grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many Manly cafes, bars and restaurants. Use the my nrma app to search for food and drink options nearby.

20:30 – 21:30 – Board the Fast Ferry back to Circular Quay

From out of town? Plan your trip to Sydney

Accommodation: We recommend you’re centrally located during your trip to make the most of your visit, as several of Sydney’s highlights can be taken in for free or cheaply, simply by walking around. Don't forget, NRMA Members save on stays at Travelodge and NRMA holiday parks and hotels

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