Family Fun: Taronga Zoo Sydney

Giraffe at Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo

Home to 4,000 of Australia’s native animals and a diverse collection of exotic species, Taronga Zoo Sydney is the nation’s leading zoological garden, making for the ideal family day out.

And with its large assortment of species (up to 350 at last count), there's plenty of opportunity to interact with the locals, including the elephants, giraffes, koalas and zebras. Other highlights include the Free-Flight Bird Show and live Seal Show, and taking in scenic views from Sydney's only Sky Safari cable car – watch the elephant herd play from above or try to spot the squirrel monkeys as they climb and leap around their home.

Aside from its inhabitants, what makes Taronga Zoo unique is its location. Only 12-minutes ferry-ride from Sydney CBD, and situated on elevated land along the waterfront, its position allows for magnificent vantage points over Sydney Harbour overlooking Sydney Cove, the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

Encouragingly, Taronga Zoo sets benchmarks in animal care and welfare through the combination of exceptional veterinary expertise, cutting-edge research and conservation. Learn more by visiting the nocturnal platypus habitat, the Great Southern Oceans section and the Asian elephant display.

Where: Taronga Zoo, Mosman

How to get there: Your Taronga Zoo adventure begins before you've stepped your foot in. Take a ferry from Circular Quay, where on arrival (and departure) you'll board the Sky Safari cable car, where you can soak n the magnificent Harbour views as you're whisked to the zoo. Better yet, NRMA Members save 20 percent off My Fast Ferry services and Taronga Zoo Combo Pass. Simply enter code 'NRMA20' when booking to redeem this offer.

Opening hours: 9.30am - 5:00pm (Taronga Zoo is open every day of the year, including Christmas Day)

Entry fee: For more information on ticket price for kids, adults, concessions and family passes, visit here. And don't forget, NRMA Members receive 15 percent off pre-purchased passes.

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