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Sydney Harbour Ferry with Taronga Zoo Entry Ticket

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Take in panoramic views of top Sydney landmarks as you cruise through Sydney Harbour en route to Taronga Zoo. Your package includes round-trip cruise from Circular Quay to the zoo, and a ride on the Sky Safari Gondola, which whisks you uphill from the boat dock to the main entrance of Taronga Zoo. From the gondola, get an early peek at some of the zoo's inhabitants, such as giraffes, big apes, and native animals like kangaroos and koalas.
  • Sydney Harbour cruise and entrance ticket to Taronga Zoo
  • Hear informative commentary on board the cruise
  • View Sydney landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge from the cruise and the zoo
  • Ride the Sky Safari Gondola across the Asian Rainforest and Amazon exhibits
  • Enjoy keeper talks and animal feedings that are scheduled daily
  • Have time to explore Taronga Zoo at your own pace
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Round-trip by Sydney Harbour cruise to Taronga Zoo
Commentary on board cruise
Sky Safari Gondola (subject to weather and maintenance)
Taronga Zoo Entry
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks
Circular Quay Wharf 6 , Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Please check in for your return ferry and Zoo Entry tickets from the ticket office located at the wharf at least 20 minutes prior to departure. Ticket office is open from 9:00am and first cruise departure from Circular Quay Wharf 6 at 9:25am.

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Make your own way to the boat dock at Circular Quay to board the spacious vessel that takes you out on the waters of Sydney Harbour. Soak up views of the waterfront, skyline, and famous landmarks including Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and Fort Denison as your boat cruises across the scenic harbor to the north shore, where you disembark for the zoo.

With your Taronga Zoo admission ticket and cruise, you can take the Sky Safari gondola from the waterfront up the hill to the main entrance of the zoo. Peek out of the windows of the fully-enclosed gondola cabin for an aerial perspective on some of the zoo's residents.

Once inside the zoo, enjoy the many exhibits at your own pace. More than 2,900 animals live here in 10 themed areas—including Wild Australia, Wild Asia, and the Great Southern Oceans. The enclosures mimic the natural habitat of each creature. Check the daily schedule for keeper talks, which focus on animals such as Tasmanian devils, little penguins, giraffes, lemurs, and koalas. You may want to watch the seals in action at Seal Theatre or catch the free-flight bird show, where birds of prey demonstrate their hunting skills.

Enjoy sweeping views of iconic sights such as Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House both from your boat cruise and the Taronga Zoo, aka 'the zoo with the view.'

Taronga Zoo also has many picnic areas; feel free to bring a picnic basket and enjoy lunch with views of Sydney Harbour, or purchase food at one of the on-site cafes or restaurants. When you have finished your zoo visit, simply return to the dock to catch the cruise back to Circular Quay.
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Taronga Zoo
Enjoy a day out at the award-winning Taronga Zoo, home to more than 2,900 exotic and native species. Learn about the different animals through one of the many free zoo-keeper talks; be entertained by the playful seals at the Seal Theatre; and watch the famous free-flight bird show, where birds of prey show off their hunting skills. Enter the zoo in style and take a ride on the Sky Safari Gondola. Skim across the top of the Asian Rainforest and see the orangutans swinging in the trees; then pass over the winding river of the AGL Amazon exhibit, home to animals from South America.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Sydney Harbour
Enjoy fantastic views of the harbor, city skyline and famous landmarks like the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Pass By:  
Circular Quay
Depart Circular Quay and enjoy fantastic views of the harbor, city skyline and famous landmarks like the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Special timetables operate on public holidays and special event dates
  • Timetables are subject to change without notice
  • Taronga Zoo is open from 9:30am to 4:30pm daily
  • To ensure you have enough time to visit the many exhibits in Taronga Zoo, it is recommended that you board the first departing ferry of the day.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travel must begin with Captain Cook Cruises ferry from Circular Quay Wharf No.6
  • The Sky Safari operates from the top entrance. A public bus operates regularly between the wharf and top entrance available for a small fee payable by debit/credit/Opal card.
  • Cruises operate Saturday - Sunday year round and Wed-Sun during NSW school holidays (subject to change)
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 120 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Captain Cook Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Sydney Harbour Ferry with Taronga Zoo Entry Ticket?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Sydney Harbour Ferry with Taronga Zoo Entry Ticket?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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  • "Traveling with kids can be hard so you need to find activities so everyone can enjoy." See review
  • "The zoo is a must for all visitors to Sydney." See review
  • "I would recommend going for a few hours so you can see all the unique animals they have." See review

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Nice day trip
, Aug 2022
Great day trip. Short ride on ferry from Circular Quay. Zoo has nice variety of exhibits for all ages. Enough to see in 1 day, but not overwhelming. Be aware that there is lots of walking, hills & stairs. There are ramps for strollers etc, but it might be difficult for some folks with ambulatory issues. Really nice day.
Amazing view of Sydney Opera House!
, Aug 2022
Worthwhile for 1/2 day trip. Boarded at 9am and left by 1p. Zoo is small but able to see kangaroos and other animals. Best part is able to enjoy the amazing view of Sydney Opera House from atop! Would recommend.
Great family day out.
, Jun 2022
Cable car was exciting for the kids and great variety of animals. Best to get there early got very busy in the afternoon.
Usual Zoo experience
, Jun 2022
Usual zoo experience, quite a lot of animals not there or couldn't see. Earlier return ferry would be good.
Big day
, May 2022
The whole trip and zoo was good to walk around all day. But foods basic and expensive. Water fountain is good idea.
Ferry Ride and Taronga Zoo
, May 2022
The trip was well organised and fast. Pick up times were clear and easy to follow. Zoo was world Class
Seeing a duck billed...
, May 2022
Seeing a duck billed platypus it was really cute. I didn't realise they were so small. Also lovely to see the large red kangaroos. So different to the other kangaroos
Fall in love with Wild Life
, Apr 2022
Easy transport, very polite staff, very neat and clean place, easy to walk every corner, signs help your way through. A lovely Sky Tour, great harbour view. Seal show was spectacular.
Be aware of limited private ferry departure and return times
, Apr 2022
Be aware the private ferry service is very limited so you need to time your trip well, otherwise you will be stuck waiting for up to an hour and a half for the next ferry.
Circular Quay to Taronga zoo
, Apr 2022
Easy to find the terminal, quick to check in. Boat was great as youd expect. Only 10 mins from Circular Quay to Taronga. Only downside was when we got off the ferry we had to catch a bus up too the zoo at pur own expense. That was pk but we are from QLD so the opal travel system is unknown to us. Didnt really know that you could just tap your visa card. Most other people had the same confusion as us. No fault of the ferry service they did mention at our own expense. Feel like Taronga zoo should have explanined better as they had a person stationed at the bus stop assuming to explain this to people.
Sydney/Taronga Zoo WOW!
, Dec 2020
First time in Australia from the U.K., the trip to Taronga was great! Ferry on time, friendly staff & made us a memorable time. The time Taronga was far exceeded our expectations! Beautiful, clean, brilliant animals & staff, very friendly & helpful - didn’t want to leave!
Amazing animals
, Mar 2020
The Taronga Zoo is incredible. I would recommend going for a few hours so you can see all the unique animals they have.
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Wonderful zoo but incorrect ferry information.
, Mar 2020
The zoo was wonderful, but incorrect information was given to us that we could use the 1pm hop on hop off ferry as well as the regular ferries for our trip back to Sydney. We wasted 2 hours of our time waiting for the next ferry.
The Zoo with the View!!!!
, Mar 2020
A wonderful zoo, but a lot of up and down walking. I actually preferred Featherdale Park as it was more of a hands-on zoo with more interaction with the animals. However, I did like the views of Sydney from the zoo. We actually have much better zoos back home in Milwaukee and Chicago.
, Jan 2020
The trip was good. Zoo layout is good but sadly get to see few animals, they were just not there! Still good
Vacation in family
, Jan 2020
The ferry was a good experience, the zoo doesn´t have so much animals. It was an interesting experience
Waste of a day
Melissa F
, Jan 2020
We were very excited to visit our first Australian zoo. However, the best part of this day was the ferry trip. The grounds of the zoo going downhill are quite nice. However, we barely saw any animals. The only interesting zone was the one with nocturnal animals, which allows you to see original creatures in the dark. Other than that, we were very disappointed. They only had 2 kangaroos (seriously?), the one gorilla was nowhere to be seen, we did not get a view of the Tasmanian devil, and many other animals just seemed to be missing from their enclosure. We did not see any keepers doing presentations (most exhibits only had 1 keeper presentation per day). Worst part is the restaurant actually closes at 2:30pm (though the zoo closes at 5pm), so basically we were not even able to have a late lunch. I don’t understand this, why not stay open during the zoo‘s business hours?? Not worth a day of our vacation.
Nice trip to the Zoo
, Dec 2019
I used the Cook Ferry to get from downtown Sydney (couple blocks from my hotel) to the Tauranga Zoo and back. Good trip both ways and friendly staff to answer my questions.
Kid friendly activity
, Nov 2019
Traveling with kids can be hard so you need to find activities so everyone can enjoy. This is one of them, we enjoyed the ferry ride overlooking the harbour and it's beautiful Opera House. Then we took the cable car all the way up to the top of the zoo, great views from up there. Then got to see some animals that we were looking forward to like platypus, kangaroos, koalas and some other animals. Overall a great place for the kids to run around, enjoy nature and get their energy out.
Must visit
, Nov 2019
Fantastic day out. Value for money trip for all ages. Lots to see and do. We really enjoyed the trip.

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