Taronga Zoo @ Sydney, New South Wales

Crimson Finch

Taronga Zoo was on the list of places that I insisted we visit during our weekend stay in Sydney. You know me: as an avid photographer, I’d jump at any chance to spend a few (okay, many) hours in a place full of animals. And lucky us, the weather was absolutely gorgeous when we set out — frilly clouds against a stark blue sky, calm breezes without too much bite. As our hotel was located in the CBD, we figured the easiest way for us to get there was to catch a ferry from Circular Quay. It got us there in under 15 minutes.

Taronga Zoo

Situated on a hill along the shores of Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo’s elevated vantage point charmingly presents visitors with a lovely view of Sydney Cove, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. The zoo itself spans approximately 21 hectares and is home to over 4,000 animals from over 350 species. We came across creatures big and small – from mega Asian elephants to tiny Gouldian finches. There was quite a bit to see. Needless to say, we were at the zoo from morning to sundown. The following images make up just a fraction of the overall potpourri of pictures we managed to snap.

Red Panda Red Panda Red Panda Red Panda Red Panda Ducks Ducks Duck Koi Pond Koi Pond Koi Pond Koi Pond Koi Pond Ducks Mandarin Duck and Java Finch Mandarin Duck Black Ibis Java Finch Java Finch Asian Elephants Asian Elephant Gorilla Sea Lion Sea Lion Sea Lion Sea Lion Sea Lion Sea Lion Sea Lion Sea Lion Taronga Zoo Taronga Zoo Lemur Lemur Lemur Lemur Lemur Giraffe Giraffe Giraffe Giraffe Giraffe Giraffe Giraffe Giraffe Giraffe Mountain Goat Mountain Goat Mountain Goat Tiger Tiger Fennec Fox Meerkat Meerkat Meerkat Meerkat Rooster Rooster Peacock Peacock Green Pygmy-Goose Green Pygmy-Goose Gouldian Finch Finches Crimson Finch Crimson Finch Crimson Finch Gouldian Finch Gouldian Finch Gouldian Finch Rainbow Lorikeet

TARONGA ZOO
Bradleys Head Road
Mosman, NSW 2088
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 5:00pm/4:30pm (summer/winter)
Admission: $46 (adult), $23 (child)

See what we thought about other zoos and animal parks here:
1. The Singapore Zoo / Singapore
2. Nogeyama Zoological Gardens / Japan
3. Marine Life Park S.E.A. Aquarium / Singapore

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12 thoughts on “Taronga Zoo @ Sydney, New South Wales

    1. Oh, lucky you! Sydney is full of amazing places to visit! If you’re sticking around the city area, there are heaps of attractions within walking distance. If you like animals, the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo can both be found at Darling Harbour. Lots of cool restaurants and cafes in that area as well. If you want value for money, I recommend Taronga Zoo over WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo (they’re almost the same price to get in but Taronga offers a better experience in my opinion).

      You can visit Luna Park if you enjoy amusement parks (http://www.lunaparksydney.com/). If you like nature, wander around the Royal Botanical Gardens (the Opera House is nearby). For some luxury shopping, you can visit the QVB Building (https://www.qvb.com.au/) – the architecture is pretty awesome in there. For a good dinner, I recommend taking a walk around Regent Place Shopping & Dining Centre (http://regentplace.com.au/index.php) – lots of cool restaurants featuring Asian cuisine. Sydney’s Chinatown is also a good place for food!

      I hope this gives you some ideas! Enjoy your time in Sydney, Tiffany!

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