A slice of the wilderness in the middle of Sydney, Taronga Zoo is home to thousands of native and exotic animals from more than 350 species.
Bradleys Head Rd
Mosman NSW 2088
Perched high on Bradley’s Head, on the northern edge of Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo first opened its gates in 1916 and over the past 100 years has transformed from a place of pure entertainment into one of the world’s leading conservation research facilities. Once you step inside the gates you’ll be surrounded by trees and hear the calls of birds or roars of big cats all around you. Spot lions, zebra and giraffes on the African Savannah; meet Sumatran tigers along the Tiger Trek; get up close to pygmy hippos and otters on the Rainforest Trail; and watch seals and penguins diving into their watery world. And at every turn, there’s the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline.
Each year for Vivid Sydney, Taronga Zoo lights up for a very special cause. Wild Lights will bathe the zoo in a rainbow of colour, with innovative, inclusive installations and breathtaking projections. As well as being a sensory wonderland, it shines a light on wildlife conservation, encouraging visitors to think about the role they can play in preserving these majestic creatures and their habitats. It’s a journey of discovery where inspiration and hope shine bright.
How to get there: Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay and ferries depart every 30 minutes. Other cruise companies also operate regular services from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and Manly. From the wharf, the 238 bus takes you to the zoo entrance. You can also catch the 100 bus from the Queen Victoria Building in the CBD and the journey takes around half an hour.