Taronga Zoo resides on the north side of the Sydney harbour where it commands a beautiful view of the city; its name comes from the aboriginal word taronga which means "beautiful view", and this is also true of the zoo's interior. Home to over 2,500 animals living in its lush forests, the Taronga Zoo is one of the biggest and best in Australia. Though only 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay, the zoo's 21 hectares of land feels like another world from the city. And there is much to see, from native favourites such as koalas, kangaroos, wombats, platypus and wallabies to exotic species like giraffes, elephants and gorillas.
There is always plenty going on at the zoo, including regularly animal feedings, tours, talks and shows. You can have photos taken with the koalas, see the Flight Bird Show or take the Sky Safari. A ZooPass, which includes the return Sydney ferry fare from Circular Quay, is a great option for an all day visit, or a Zoolink ticket if you're travelling by train. Onsite cafés and the food market provide great options for lunch. Address: Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, NSW, 2088.