Taronga ZooTravelers should visit Taronga Zoo as much for its harbor views as for the 4,000 resident animals (who get to see them all day long). Ferry 15 minutes from Circular Quay and take an optional Sky Safari cable car, included in the ticket price, and you’re in an exotic land of giraffes, elephants, and bongos as well as native echidnas, wombats, and Tasmanian devils. Wildlife tours, zookeeper talks (including impressive bird shows), and special events such as the Twilight at Taronga summer concert series are on the calendar, and a tented camp accommodates overnight guests who help feed select animals before a sunset dinner set against the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Tent cabins feature decks that lure campers out of bed for sunrise.
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.