One of the best parts of the zoo, besides the gorgeous animals—ranging from the Aussie natives, to the African bongo, to "miraculous" Australian-born elephants from Asia—is the view. Due to its perfect location on Sydney Harbour, the zoo has many amazing look-out locations all over the grounds. And, if you aren't afraid of heights, the Gondola Lift takes you up above the entire zoo and provides you with an incredible view over the city.
Undoubtedly, one of my favorites is the view from the African Waterhole. Above the trees, between the spotted necks of the giraffes, sits the stunning city skyline. It's only a peek but has the wonderful ability to remind you that you're not too far away from the city. Yet you are.
Taronga Zoo is a haven. It's a sanctuary.
And it's definitely one of the most beautiful ways to experience the fabulous Sydney skyline.
(And the giraffes are a laugh too, especially at feeding time.)
To avoid waiting in line once you arrive at the Zoo's ticket booths, purchase tickets online:
The animals don't know it, but their address happens to be some of the most prized real estate in Sydney. This excellent zoo has a lofty harborside setting with 180-degree views over the water toward the city's skyline, bridge and opera house. Home to more than 4,000 animals and big on interactive displays like free-flight bird shows and meerkat encounters, the zoo ensures visitors feel involved, whether through feeding sessions or the "wild ropes" adventure—a high rope course set among native bushland.