From $8.00 per adult

To redeem a NSW Parent voucher, check cruise availability online first via 'Book Now', then call us: +61 2 9206 1111 - bookings cannot be made online

*Specials available on selected dates only and subject to limited availability. T&C's apply.

  • One-way or Return Ferry
  • OpalPay accepted onboard
  • Free WiFi onboard
  • Combine with Taronga Zoo Entry

The express way to ferry to Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo wharf lies on the northern side of the harbour between Sirius Cove Mosman and Bradleys Head and is Australia's most famous zoo. The Taronga Zoo entrance is located at the top of the hill via a public bus service. The easy and fun way to travel to Taronga Zoo is by the Taronga Zoo Express which includes return rocket ferry, zoo entrance and express entrance on the Sky Safari cable car directly from the wharf.

Taronga Zoo Ferry

  • One-way or return ferry from Circular Quay, Watsons Bay or Manly
  • OpalPay accepted

From $8.00

Taronga Zoo Express

  • Entry to Taronga Zoo
  • Sky Safari Cable Car
  • Return rocket ferry from Circular Quay, Watsons Bay or Manly
  • NSW Parent Vouchers accepted

Specials from $59.00


  • Regular services operate between Taronga Zoo, Circular Quay and Darling Harbour
  • Weekends: Year round
  • Weekdays: Wed-Sun from 01 October 2022 and NSW School Holidays.
  • 2022 NSW school holiday dates: 02-17 Jul 22, 24Sep-09Oct 22, 21Dec 22-25Jan 23.
  • Variations to this schedule are noted on the bottom section of each timetable.
  • Special timetables may operate on selected dates. Explore our timetable section for the latest information.

Note: Guests with ferry only tickets are required to enter via the main entrance at the top of the hill. Access is via a public bus (at own expense). Passengers holding Zoo entry tickets may access the entrance via the Sky Safari directly from the wharf. Note the Sky Safari is subject to weather and operational conditions.

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Legend: ^Commuter Services (Mon-Fri) | #Pick-up only | *Set down only | ▲Operates Saturday during Daylight Savings


Indicative route. See timetable for order of stops for your service.


Taronga Zoo ExpressSpecial $59.00
(Normally $69)
To/From Circular Quay, Watsons Bay, Manly or Darling Harbour$8.00$5.50

View ferry only return and concession fares here. Visa/MasterCard/Amex & OpalPay accepted. All ferry services are cashless. All prices are per person and subject to change.

There's more to Taronga Zoo than just the animals

Taronga is an aboriginal word meaning beautiful view. There are several popular walking trails from Taronga Zoo wharf that take in beautiful secluded beaches, picturesque bay, impressive handland lookouts and historical sights. The Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach trail is 6.8kms (one way) and starts at Athol Bay Road only moments from the wharf. The Taronga Zoo to Bradleys Head trail is 1.4km or you can carry on to beautiful Chowder Bay for a total of 4.4km (one way).

More Information

Before you visit

Taronga Zoo and cares for over 5,000 animals from over 350 species, including Australian native wildlife, as well as rare and endangered exotic animals. Admission tickets include daily keeper talks, QBE Free-Flight Bird Show and daily Seal Show.

  • Zoo tickets are not available at Taronga Zoo entry - all tickets must be pre-purchased
  • Until further notice, the lower entrance is closed and all guests must enter via the main entrance. Guests arriving by ferry can take a bus up to the main entrance (at own expense)
  • Taronga Zoo is generally open 365 days of the year, between 9:30am and 4:30pm*
  • Sky Safari cable car operates between 10am - 3pm and is subject to weather & operational conditions
  • Taronga Zoo wharf is wheelchair accessible - contact the team at Taronga Zoo on (02) 9969 2777 to enquire about accessibility inside the zoo
  • From time to time, some animal exhibits may close for maintenance works
  • Plan your day before you visit and download the Taronga Zoo map
  • Taronga Zoo entry can also be combined with a 1 or 2-day Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer pass

*Visit Taronga Zoo for the latest show times and opening hours

OpalPay FAQ

Please note, the below information is correct at the time of publishing and subject to change. Visit OpalPay for the latest information and services.

What is Opalpay?OpalPay is a convenient way to pay for travel using your Opal card on participating privately operated transport services.
Where can I use OpalPay?You can now tap to pay with your Opal card on selected private ferry services. Look for 'OpalPay accepted here' signs.
Why use OpalPay?With OpalPay, you can use your Opal card on a wider range of transport services, allowing you to travel to more places more easily. There is no need to buy individual trip tickets, you can just tap to pay with your Opal card for a more convenient way of paying your fare.
How much is an OpalPay fare?
  • OpalPay fares are not the same as standard Opal fares.
  • Fares are set by the private transport operators and are non-refundable.
  • Concession fares are only available on selected routes and it's best to check with staff before paying with your Opal card, as you could be charged the full adult fare.
How do I use OpalPay?
  • To pay for your travel using OpalPay, make sure you have sufficient funds on your Opal card to cover the full price of your fare and simply tap to pay on the operator's payment device. The transaction will be declined if you don't not have enough funds to cover the cost of the trip.
  • If you have set auto top up on your Opal card, this will be activated at the payment device if the amount on the card, plus the auto top up value is enough to cover the transaction. If the two values are not enough, the transaction will be declined and the auto top up will not be processed. You can set auto top up, to up online or at an Opal top up and ticket machine. Check for all the options.
  • Do not tap on an Opal card reader. OpalPay fares are deducted from your Opal card when you tap on, so you won't need to tap off at the end of your trip.
Which Opal cards are compatible with OpalPay?
  • Reloadable Opal cards (cards that can be 'topped up') are compatible with OpalPay. These include:
    • Adult Opal cards
    • Child/Youth Opal cards
    • Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal cards
    • Concession Opal cards
  • Concession fares are only available on selected routes and you may be charged the full adult fare, even when Gold Senior/Pensioner or Concession Opal cards are used. Check with staff to fin out if concession fares are available or you can check our ferry fares here.
Will tapping on with OpalPay contribute to my Opal travel benefits?No. Unlike trips made with Opal cards on other public transport services, OpalPay trips do not contribute to Opal travel benefits or discounts.
Can two people travel together using the same Opal card?No, each customer over the age of four must have their own reloadable Opal card with sufficient balance to travel.
What if my Opal card is lost or stolen?If your card is registered and it's lost or stolen you can report on Your existing balance can be protected and you can get it transferred to a new Opal card and sent to you.
Can a tap be reversed?
  • Yes, reversals can be undertaken in two ways:
    • OpalPay reversals can be made directly on the operator's OpalPay payment device. After you have tapped to pay, staff can reverse the transaction. The private ferry fare must be the last recorded action on your Opal card.
    • If you tap on an Opal card reader by mistake, you may be able to reverse it. If possible, you can go back to the Opal reader. To reverse the tap on, you just present your card a second time to the Opal reader within 30 minutes of the original tap on.
  • Alternatively, please use the nearest Sydney Ferries service, if available.
Is there a maximum fare with OpalPay?
  • The maximum limits for SeaLink/Captain Cook Cruises private ferries on Sydney Harbour are:
    • $25 per transaction, $30 per day and $200 per week.

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