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Planning a short visit

It takes three and a half to four hours to fully explore Taronga Zoo and appreciate the large variety of animals on display, but it is still a perfect destination for those with only one or two hours to spare.

Get the most out of a short visit by following these tips.

Buy your tickets online
Avoid waiting in line and get express entry by buying tickets online.
Purchase tickets online here. 

Download the map and plan your day in advance
Download and print your own copy of the Zoo Map, plan a route based on which animals interest you most or pick one of our pre-planned shorter routes.
Get a map and plan you visit here.

Don’t miss the Keeper talks and shows
If you want to know more about a specific animal, Taronga has a variety of keeper talks; Daily Timetable. If you have time, don’t forget the QBE Free Flight Bird Show, where you will see a variety of species in full flight!

Pick up a Wild Australia Walk Map
The map suggests things to do in 40 minutes, 60 minutes and 90 minutes and mentions highlights like Australia’s unique nocturnal wildlife.

Visit the free Main Entrance Plaza
Taronga Zoo’s newly redeveloped historical Main Entrance Plaza is a free access zone where visitors can get a taste of the famous Zoo even if they can only stay for a short visit. Here you can view the Waterbird exhibit, browse the Zoo Shop for souvenirs, and enjoy a coffee or meal at the new Café Terrace.

Don’t forget to use the Sky Safari and experience the Zoo from above
Learn why they call Taronga the “Zoo with the View.” The Sky Safari offers an uninterrupted panorama of Sydney Harbour and a birds-eye view of many animals. See if you can spot the elephant calves, Luk Chai and Pathi Harn, playing in their paddock!