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“100 bucks for charity”
Review of Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo
Ranked #3 of 26 things to do in Mosman
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Taking a ferry directly from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo, located in the suburb of Mosman, is the first unexpected joy of visiting the animal park. Once there, the leisurely trails and opportunity to see some of Australia's distinct wildlife become apparent, as does the striking view of the Harbour Bridge from the seating at the aerial bird show. Advance booking can give you the chance to see koalas up close, or stay overnight and 'camp' in the zoo.
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

I generally tend to review places which i have really enjoyed to encourage others to have the same experience and also not to waste my own time. Howver this experience was so rubbish that i jist could not stop myself from expending this effort.

We decided to treat our daughter ron her birthday to Taronga Zoo. She was so excited about it . Her checklist was :
1. Touch a koala
2. See Joey in Mummy Kangaroos pocket.
3. Feed Gerald Giraffe( courtesy Peppa Pig)
4. See a duck billed platypus (PP again)
5. See wombat in the cave

They dont allow you to touch a koala. There were only 3 male kangaroos with no joey in thr australian walkabout. The only platypus ( in ehat is billed as platypus world) couldnt be seen. No wombat could ve seen drspite waiting an hour next to its enclosure. Half the zoo is closed for renovation (although we continue to be charged full price). One of the zoo staff misguided us that you dont have to pay for feed a giraffe. When we realised it was a paid experience, it was too late as apparently it was full for the day. We explained the situation and begged with the person there to let our daughter just feed a carrot and not even post a photo and that we are ready to pay for just that. She was actually very rude. It was possible to have refused in a more sensitive way. There are actually mich much larger and frequent eating zones than animal enclosures( The main food zone is atleast 4 times the australian walkway(. So the focus is more on taking your money than providing an animal experience. Seriously the unnecessary introduction to seeing the single tiger and the props to go with it and to think your entrance money goes into all of these makes me shudder. There are hardly 1 or 2 animals of each type advertised.

The good things - The views of the CBD skyline are amazing and the seal show ( though overcrowded) is good.

If you want a real Australian animal experience, i personally would recommend you head west to Featherdale where you would get 3 times the experience at half the price.

All in all if you want to get the feeling of donating 100 bucks to charity you should probably spend a day at the place. I hope the ATO is listening and would provide me a tax rebate to get some gain from a wasted day. 1 star is because Trip Advisor wouldnt let me give zero and the amazing views of the cbd.

Thank manncomps
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Arriving with the (gov) ferry entering the zoo with cable car is convenient.
The cable car is great experience, the zoo is huge and has many species
Some restaurant for drinks / food.
We watched the bird show, hilarious since the big birds didn’t want to fly and stayed on top of the tower.
Koala experience was overcrowded and fully booked , a good place for getting Koala photo’s is for example Kuranda close to Cairns, later on our Australia trip we saw many koalas in wild hanging in trees
The price is a bit high but the overall experience is worth it.

Thank Tuurtje75
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

The draw back for going on a hot , good Friday to the zoo is the heat makes the animals disappear. Still a good day providing you bring your own water.

Thank thecubhole
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We have visited many zoos throughout the world and still rate Taronga as one of the best with one of the best views. There is a vast collection of animals to view. The animal shows are a must see too.

Thank Andy B
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

If you are Zoo member, yes definitely a must! The geographical location of the Zoo does make it a bit challenging for the faint hearted or the less active person as there is a fair bit of ground to cover walking along the elevated paths. The hiring facilities for prams or wheel chairs is available at the Zoo shop. The Zoo is home to variety of animals and for public to see and enjoy. I would recommend to experience the Sky Safari Cable car which takes you from the zoo to the wharf and back . Then there is an option for you to hop on the ferry which takes you to the circular Quay. The ferry lets you get close to both the master pieces Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

Thank Awesome4Gs
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