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Taronga Zoo

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Close encounter with a Taronga Zoo koala

Close encounter with a Taronga Zoo koala

Photo: Pierre Toussaint, courtesy Tourism New South Wales

Taronga Zoo, across the harbour from Sydney's Circular Quay, has the largest number and variety of animals and birds from many parts of the world, including unique species of Australian wildlife, in a major Australian city.

First opened at another Sydney location in 1884, Taronga Zoo is the first public zoo in New South Wales. It is located on 21 hectares (52 acres) of land on Sydney Harbour.

Bar-less concept

The Taronga Zoo site, based on the bar-less concept, was officially opened in 1916.

The name Taronga is said to be an Aborigina word meaning beautiful view.

Variety of species

Birds from the Australian wetlands and rainforests, kangaroos and wallabies, emus, koalas, platypuses, quolls, bilbies, potoroos, and a variety of reptiles are among the native animals and birds to be found at Taronga Zoo.

There are just so many bird and animal species at Taronga Zoo that it is well nigh impossible to list all of them here.

Getting to Taronga

Taronga Zoo is easily accessible by ferry.

If going by train, alight at Circular Quay and take the ferry to the zoo.

If going by bus from Sydney city centre, take the 247 bus from Wynyard at Carrington St. Buses originating in various Sydney suburbs may travel direct, or transfer to another bus, to Taronga Zoo.

If going by car, parking is available. (A new and bigger carpark is being built, so perking is extremely limited while construction is going on.)

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