In this Taronga Zoo review I share tips for families going to Taronga Zoo Sydney for the first time!
A couple of weeks ago the family headed off to Taronga Zoo for the first time in ages. In fact, it was Mini’s first trip there so he, and we, were so excited!
Taronga kindly sent us a family pass to take the kids.
We met friends there and made a real day of it, staying over at the Ovolo in Woolloomooloo.
Our kids LOVE animals – well, most kids do, right? So Taronga zoo was a perfect day out for our family. I’d recommend Taronga Zoo for families for sure. Taronga Zoo for toddlers is perfect too as they can either walk or you can hire a stroller.
Review of Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo Giraffe Feeding
We queued for just a few minutes to pick up our tickets and the staff were lovely. Then the first place we headed was the giraffes! Both the kids love them and their godfather had bought them a ticket to have the chance to feed them!
Next Up was the elephants – plus a super cute baby elephant too.
My daughter loved the baby meerkats Taronga Zoo have – she has a toy of the one from the Compare the Market ads! She tried to hi-5 them through the glass and they seemed to enjoy playing along.
One of the highlights of the day was checking out the Taronga Zoo Sumatran Tigers. We boarded a pretend plane to take us on a Tiger Trek – the kids loved that! Next we explored our new destination and kept our eyes peeled for glimpses of the tigers! They’re Mini’s favourite animals right now.
The hippos were a bit elusive but this one finally popped out and the kids loved watching him.
On the way out, the kids insisted on another look at the elephants and we stopped for a family snap!
We had such a great family day out at Taronga Zoo. The kids loved it, we loved it and the sun shone all day! As well as seeing their favourite Taronga Zoo animals, they also got to learn a lot about them too.
Despite being a busy zoo, with a lot to see, we always find it a very peaceful and calm place to be. We’ll be back very soon!
Top Taronga Zoo Tips for Families!
Taronga Zoo is a great day out for kids. We’ve been numerous times over the years and we’ll definitely be back again. In fact we would go every weekend if my kids go their way!
Here are some tips tips for families travelling to Taronga Zoo:
How to get to Taronga Zoo
Travel to the Zoo is easy – we drove from Newcastle and parked easily in the large Taronga Zoo parking lot. Otherwise there are frequent buses or ferries. In fact Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo ferry is only 12 minutes. The car park day rate is currently $18.
Getting around Taronga Zoo
Make sure to pick up a map of Taronga Zoo on the way in so you can plan your course and make sure you see everything you want to see! Taronga Zoo stroller hire is an option too!
What’s On at Taronga Zoo
There are some great events on at the zoo throughout the year. Everytime we go, there’s something new to see! We loved the Tiger Trek this year. As the kids get older, there are even more fun activities we can come back and see. Check out the What’s On page here to see what suits your family.
Taronga Zoo Tickets
A family pass might be the best option for you. Also, if you have an Entertainment Book, you’ll get a discount. Children under four are free! Ask your friends if they have a Taronga Sydney Zoo annual pass you can borrow too!
Places to Eat
There’s a cafe at the Entrance/Exit as well as a food court inside Taronga Zoo and a couple of other places to grab snacks along the way. Most food options seemed to be fast-food with a little variety. You can take along your own packed lunch and snacks as there are plenty of places to sit and eat throughout the zoo.
Accessibility for Wheelchairs
There are elevators and ramps along the way and more than 95% of the animal displays are wheelchair viewable. An Accessibility Taronga Zoo Map is available to download here.
Taronga Zoo is quite hilly in places so if you do have a stroller, it might save you from having to carry your little ones.
Other facilities at Taronga Zoo include free Wi-fi, ATMs, First Aid, Lockers, Parents Room, Picnic areas, Stroller hire and Water Bubblers.
Taronga Zoo Opening Hours:
9.30am – 4.30pm (May – Aug)
9.30am – 5.00pm (Sept – Apr)
9.30am – 4.00pm (New Years Eve)
Taronga Zoo opening times also include Christmas day.
You can find out more about Taronga Zoo prices and more by clicking here.
Next up we want to stay for the Taronga Zoo Roar and Snore!
Find out about other Australian zoos here.
Terms and Conditions
- Open to Australian residents only.
- Giveaway closes on 31st October 2017
- I will announce the winner here after November 1st 2017.
- Game of skill – be original or creative in your answer!
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Disclosure: we were sent a family pass in exchange for this Taronga Zoo review – I hope it’s help you!