Yes, it is quite mainstream as far as places-to-see-in-Sydney goes, but what if I tell you that you can tick off at least 5 things on your Sydney itinerary, simply by spending a day at one of Sydney’s most famous attractions?
It had been 23 years since I set foot in Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. Over the weekend, I decided to add and tick this off the bucketlist – again. If you only have a few days in my beautiful hometown, let me show you how you can see Taronga Zoo not just as any other zoo, but THE zoo.
5. Take a ferry or water taxi
Taronga Zoo is only 12 minutes away from Sydney CBD by ferry – much less via water taxi – but taking the ferry is the inexpensive option. You get treated to 360º views of the world famous Sydney Harbour – and you don’t have to pay extra to receive this added bonus! You can purchase a Zoo Pass which entitles you entry to the zoo and return ferry back to Circular Quay.
4. Hop, shop, zoo
You can take either 225/236/238 bus to the zoo, another cheaper transport alternative. It may take a bit longer but if you have time for some shopping, Military Road and Bradleys Head Road are lined with boutique outlets. Tackling these main roads alone will take a week, so if you are shopping for something or a brand in particular, just check to see if they have a store in the area.
3. Life is a beach
Neighbouring Manly Beach is only minutes away from Mosman. In my opinion, Manly is slightly better than Bondi Beach and definitely less touristy.
2. Animal instinct
Let’s not forget about the animals! At the entrance, make sure you grab a map – this place is huge. Take your pick and learn about some or all of the 4,000+ animals (including Australia’s poisonous species), Taronga’s conservation efforts, breeding programs and animal welfare. There are also scheduled zoo keeper talks and tours throughout the day so make sure you check for times. Personally, the highlight for me were the penguins and seals.
1. And finally, this: