Taronga Zoo Express - Circular Quay


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  • Return rocket ferry between Taronga Zoo and Circular Quay
  • Entry to Taronga Zoo
  • Sky Safari cable car

Need to know

  • Valid on rocket ferries only
  • Tickets valid for a single nominated day
  • Children (4-15 years) $32 return
  • Sky Safari cable car operates subject to weather conditions
  • Ferries do not operate Christmas Day
  • Book online and upgrade to the Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer 2-Day Pass and Taronga Zoo for the same price
  • Find us under Circular Quay & Taronga Zoo on Tripview​
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Check Your Date   Special timetables operate on selected dates

Car Parking  Please check your date for road closures 

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The most fun way to travel to the Zoo. A great savings bundle including return rocket ferry between Taronga Zoo and Circular Quay plus entry to Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari cable car. More Info ... 


Sydney's famous Taronga Zoo is located right on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour. The conservation and breeding programmes help to secure a future endangered species around the world. And as a reward, the animals and visitors enjoy some of the very best views in all of Sydney.

  • Australia's amazing wildlife including Koalas & platypus
  • Animals of the world including Asian elephants, lions and giraffe
  • Free Keeper talks throughout the day
  • Free Bird Show daily
  • Free Seal Show daily
  • Open Sep-Apr 9.30am to 5pm
  • Open May-Aug 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • New Years Eve open 9.30am to 4.00pm

Some of the animals you may see
African Lion, African Wild Dog, Asian Elephant, Australian Little Penguin, Australian Sea-lion, Blue-tongue Lizards, Chimpanzee, Corroboree Frog, Fijian Crested Iguana, Fishing Cat, Giraffe, Francois Leaf-monkey, Koala, Komodo Dragon, Leopard Seal, Long-nosed Bandicoots, Malleefowl, Meerkat, Orang-utan, Platypus, Regent Honeyeater, Red Panda, Ring-tailed Lemur, Small-clawed Otters, Snow Leopard, Sumatran Tiger, Tasmanian Devil, Western Lowland Gorilla, Malayan Tapir & Zebra.

Due to routine medical check-ups some animals are occasionally taken off display or shows cancelled.

Ferries do not operate Christmas Day. Special or limited timetables operate on 26 & 31 December, 26 January and selected special events.

Accessibility for people with a Disability Policy

YOUR SAY BUFFET LUNCH - So worth it! The food was delicious and the service was fabulous. Kudos to Edward who was attentive and very kind. I will be happy to recommend to anyone looking for a Harbour Cruise. Maisie

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57 % approval from 7 responses

9 months ago

Very friendly

11 months ago

Really upset about the service, we arrived at 9.50 in the morning and they told us that we had wait until 10.50 for the other boat because they have only just one boat doing hop on hop off, they should write on the web site that the hours of the boat are very restricted. at the end we paid another boat for get there as soon as we can (it takes just 15 min) so we didn’t waste our morning.
The price is not that convenient also because there is no reason to book online if I have to stay on the queue for get the ticket anyway.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review of our Taronga Zoo Express Ferry. We were disappointed to read that you felt we were not able to meet your expectations regarding the itinerary of your cruise. Our daily timetable for the Hop On Hop Off is listed on our website with the red ‘ check your date’. 

Once again thank you for your feedback.

Kind Regards, 
Head of Customer Service  
Captain Cook Cruises

11 months ago

Service: I booked the Taronga Zoo Express for 3 adults, a two year old and a 1 year old.
I found your website a bit confusing as under 4 year olds are free but when I tried to add 2 children it wanted to charge me so I left them off the booking. When I got to Circular Quay to pick up my tickets, the man who served me was less than courteous, saying I should have listed the infants on the booking. I did try to speak to him about this but to be honest I found him quite rude, so not the best impression of Captain Cook Cruises.
Product: The Zoo Express was good however the pick up schedule was confusing.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review of our Taronga Zoo Express Ferry. We can assure you that our staff are trained to provide our customers devoted and efficient service. However, please be assured we have forwarded your comments onto our reservations manager and we appreciate the opportunity you have given us to improve.

Once again, we apologise sincerely and thank you for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

12 months ago

Crew was great, what you would expect

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