April 23, 2007 at 10:44 am | Posted in Australia, General, Out and About, Sydney, Travel | Leave a comment

I took the ferry to Taronga Zoo a few weeks ago and walked the short distance to the chair lift which provides a nice birds eye view of the zoo (including the elephants) below. I’ve been to any number of Australia wildlife parks but Taronga is my first “real” zoo featuring more than just native flora and fauna. There are certainly a good variety of animals from the region and the world but I had assumed it would have been at least 50-50 between Australian-Foreign creatures not the 75-25 level. Granted for tourists coming to Australia it would be an excellent opportunity to see a snapshot of Australiana.

I enjoyed the chance to see the lions, giraffes, gorillas and even the mountain goats – even if some were less than active. Walking around the park was pleasant with not nearly as many people as I’d anticipated which made it pretty easy to get around. Buying the $3 map and guide is a reasonable purchase particularly when you’re on a tight timeframe.

I had anticipated spending a good chunk of the day at the zoo but after arriving at midday I was pretty much done by 3 (this was without seeing any of the shows and just looking at the exhibits). During the last half hour I’d been hankering for a burger, Coke and fries and arrived just before 3 at the food court to the burger joint named “Tarongas”. While waiting in line they put out at a sign saying they close at 3PM. Shocking. On the other hand I saw many families bring their own picnics to eat within the grounds and overlooking some spectacular views of the city.  

With that disappointment in mind I walked back down to the ferry and took another pleasant trip across the harbour and finally got my burger at Burgerlicious.

Overall, Taronga Zoo is an enjoyable experience, providing both Australian and international. Your best bet to get there is by Sydney Ferry and when you buy your ticket you can get your zoo pass at the same time.

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The Thinker.

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Nice view!

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Big Mac?

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Good Balance

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