Taronga Zoo Express


  • Return ferry to Taronga Zoo from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour or Manly
  • Entry to Taronga Zoo
  • Sky Safari cable car
  • Fun for the whole family 

Need to know

  • Sky Safari cable car operates subject to weather conditions*
  • Valid on Rocket Ferries only
  • Children 4-15 years
  • Ferries do not operate Christmas Day


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* Note - Taronga Zoo will be closed on 07 October 2016 for it's 100th Birthday Celebration.

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The most fun way to travel to the Zoo. A great savings bundle including return rocket ferry departing Darling Harbour, Circular Quay or Manly, and entry to Taronga Zoo and Sky Safari cable car ... 


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
  • Download Free iphone app for children and parents
  • 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.

Available at additional cost

  • Upgrade to the Hop On Hop Off  24 hour pass stopping at up to 9 famous Sydney Harbour destinations

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YOUR SAY VALENTINES DAY - What an amazing night we had! The staff were pleasant and professional, and the food tasted amazing. During the cruise I proposed to my partner on the top deck so we are definately going back home the special memories from Valentines Day 2015 Anne, UK

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  • One way ferry between White Bay and the City (Circular Quay)
  • Tickets valid on any single departure, in either direction, on the date selected
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  • Return rocket ferry from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour or Manly or Watsons Bay
  • Entry to Fort Denison
  • Great harbour views
  • Fun for the whole family
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  • Return rocket ferry between Circular Quay & Darling Harbour
  • Cruise past the Opera House
  • Cruise under the Sydney Harbour Bridge 
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  • Return Manly sightseeing ferry from Circular Quay aboard the rocket ferries - via Taronga Zoo and/or Fort Denison
  • Only a short stroll to Manly Beach
  • Great harbour views
  • Fun for the whole family
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  • Return rocket ferry between one of the following
    - Circular Quay
    - North Sydney Jeffrey Street Wharf
    - Darling Harbour
  • And one of the following Lane Cove River Wharves
    - Riverview College
    - Longueville Wharf
    - Northwood Wharf
    - Greenwich Bay Street Wharf
    - Greenwich Point Wharf
    - Birchgrove Long Nose Point
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  • Return rocket ferry ticket
  • Watsons Bay - Circular Quay
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  • Return sightseeing ferry Manly - Watsons Bay
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  • Return rocket ferry between Circular Quay and Luna Park
  • Cruise past the Opera House
  • Cruise under the Sydney Harbour Bridge
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  • Return rocket ferry from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour
  • Entry to Shark Island
  • Great harbour views
  • Sydney's most popular picnic island 
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  • Return rocket ferry from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour or Watson's Bay or Manly
  • Free entry to the RAN Heritage Centre
  • Fun for the whole family
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  • Return rocket ferry between Circular Quay & Darling Harbour
  • Entry to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
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  • Return sightseeing ferry between Circular Quay & Manly
  • Entry to Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary
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  • Return rocket ferry between Circular Quay & Darling Harbour
  • Entry to WILD LIFE Sydney Aquarium
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  • Return rocket ferry between Circular Quay & Darling Harbour
  • Entry to Madame Tussauds Sydney
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  • Return rocket ferry between Circular Quay & Darling Harbour
  • Entry to Sydney Tower Eye
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  • Return rocket ferry between Circular Quay & Darling Harbour
  • Entry to any two of following Merlin attractions
    - SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
    - WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
    - Madame Tussauds Sydney
    ​- Sydney Tower Eye
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  • Return rocket ferry between Circular Quay & Darling Harbour
  • Entry to any three of following Merlin attractions
    - SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
    - WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
    - Madame Tussauds Sydney
    ​- Sydney Tower Eye

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92 % approval from 46 responses

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Excellent customer service


Service: Nothing really to comment on

Product: It was fine but I did not note any sving on th eordinry ferry and had to wait longer for one to come back


Service: Very helpful made it a wonderful day.

Product: excellent crew, competent and entertaining.


Service: Was very happy with service and the trip on Sydney harbour , a great day and will probably do lunch cruise next time

Product: Was a good trip to and from zoo and the commentary abt local land marks excellent , enjoyed whole experience


Service: We used Captain Cook Cruises for several excursions - very pleased w/ their services!

Product: Liked the info given along the way!!


Service: Nice trip

Product: Wonderful


Service: Great service

Product: Excellent commentary around the harbour .


Service: Booking very easy, and pleased the office was open early enough on Sunday morning to collect our tickets, and get a coffee in plenty of time for our cruise.

Product: Great service, worked perfectly for us, staying very close to Darling Harbour, made a day trip to the zoo hassle free. thankyou.


Service: Staff were friendly, ferry arrived on time and was never early, easy to use cruise!

Product: Great value ferry and zoo pass!


Service: Excellent staff at counter at the wharf in circular quay

Product: Friendly staff, loved the information on local sights during trip. On time and very quick. Ferry was also very clean.


Service: Good customer service

Product: Excellent way to get to the zoo


Service: Awesome

Product: Awesome


Service: The hop on hop off ferry had a very informative captain.

Product: Pleasant trip to the zoo.


We booked for the Zoo Express. Our boats arrived around 15 mins later on both way, going to the zoo and going back to Circular Quay. Despite the tardiness, the Zoo Express was still very enjoyable - it gave us a good glimpse of the city by way of the beautiful harbour.


Service: Great

Product: Great


Service: Friendly service, on time, well presented.

Product: As above


Great service and very punctual!


Service: Very informative courier gave us lots of information about the areas we passed.

Product: We left from Manley but on the return were told we had to board ferry to Circular Quay we had to protest and eventually they let us board the Manley ferry apart from that everything was good


Service: Wonderful tour. Very educational. The premium ticket was well worth it.

Product: I think that more frequent zoo ferries would be more desirable. For the same price I could have saved a lot of waiting time with a competitor. I think you're doing a great job with the educational cruises and id love to try a dinner cruise, but for simple needs to get back and forth I think there is room for improvement.


Service: Great!

Product: Great!


Service: Loved the ship and views from top deck

Product: on time good service


Service: Great service

Product: Great service


Service: The greeting and initial boarding process on the outbound leg was less than welcoming.

Product: The greeting and initial boarding process on the outbound leg was less than welcoming.


Service: Excellent Service the Crew was very friendly

Product: A Great Day was had at the zoo


Service: Boat in excellent condition and timing of arrival/departure perfect

Product: Very professional crew and passengers had plenty of free room to walk around


Service: My partner & I travelled with our five grand children.. We were greeted warmly

And the children had a great time on the ferry

Product: Our 5 grandchildren had a a ball and we saved a lot of money booking with Captain Cook Cruises


Service: It was good

Product: It was good


Service: Nothing to complain about.

Product: Pity the ramp to get up to the cable car was closed for prams.


very very bad service


Service: Very good indeed.

Product: Better signage for wheelchairs arriving at Taronga Zoo, please. We had a pram and waited at the base of the (huge number of) stairs to the cable cars, but finally saw that there was a much better way of getting there. This should be indicated. At the moment, there is no such signage at all (we checked).


Service: Good

Product: Good


Service: Excellent and informative services

Product: Excellent and the guide was informative and entertaining


Service: Clean boat and friendly staff going to tarronga. Didnt get ferry on the way back so no comment.

Product: Going was fine. Arrived on time and all the staff were lovely. However coming back the ferry was late and when it did arrive we were told it was full and couldnt get on. This left us stuck as it was the last ferry for the day! Luckily for us another company allowed us on board however we had to pay a further $19 for this. I will not to using captain cook services again.


Service: See point 2

Product: The cruise it self was ok, but I was not impressed by the information, especially at Taronga. It was very chaotic a shore and no one to direct or inform your passengers. The 16:12 departure was also 30 minuters delayed.


Service: Quick service upon arrival to hand over our confirmation email and collect our tickets. Had a bit of trouble finding the little booth but got there in the end.

Product: On the way over to the zoo - excellent.

The way back was a disaster, sitting for over an hour. A ferry arrived and came in and went to dock and then just changed its mind and took off and let some stunned passengers waiting until the next ferry returned. Left a pretty sour taste in our mouths after such a great experience on the way over and then after a long day at the zoo and that happening, ended on a bad note.


Service: Very personable staff

Product: Some of the best views of Sydney and enjoyable shows


Service: Could have been friendlier at the ticket box.

Product: Nice clean, comfortable ferry.


Service: the cruise arrived and left on time. Comentary was great and the cruise was clean. We certainly enjoyed it.

Product: Very simple to get from boat to zoo via cable car. We werent disappointed.


Service: Beautiful boat

Product: We didn't realise our trip back from the zoo to darling harbour would zig zag across the harbour as part of site seeing. Was a little frustrating with 2 kids


Service: Great company

Product: Great Ride the staff were lovely


Service: On time, great service.

Product: Great value fro money, highly recommend.


Service: Service and knowledge provided was great. Booking staff were very friendly and accommodating.

Product: Great commentary from friendly staff was an added bonus as a tourist. Fab boat


Service: Excellent service, the tour speaker was hilarious and we very much enjoyed his sense of humour. Boat was clean and modern, felt very safe. Will definitely be using Captain Cook Cruises on our next trip, thank you! 10/10

Product: Was very reasonable in price, boat was not overcrowded and the regular arrival times at the dock meant we didn't have to wait long to get home.


Service: It was a short but pleasant experience.

Product: It would be great if the frequency of ferries from taronga zoo back to the city are closer. We ended up paying extra to take another ferry service back to city as we had to wait for an hour till the next captain cook ferry when we missed the previous one!


Service: Great service.

Product: Loved the lady guide she had lots of good info and told it in a fun way.


Service: Easy service to use online. Very convenient location. Staff were friendly too

Product: A great trip and an easy service to use.

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