Taronga Zoo Express

The most fun way to travel to the Zoo. A great savings bundle including return rocket ferry between Taronga Zoo and Circular Quay, Watsons Bay or Darling Harbour 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

Inclusions

  • Timetable
  • Return rocket ferry between Taronga Zoo and Circular Quay, Watsons Bay or Darling Harbour
  • 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) $39 return
  • Sky Safari cable car operates subject to weather conditions
  • Ferries do not operate Christmas Day
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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 definitely going back home the special memories from Valentines Day. Anne, UK

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86 % approval from 29 responses

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Rating
2 days ago
4/5

Service: The ferry trip was good, the crew gave a great service to the customers.
The customer service on land is not precisely the best. The information available online is not the same that they gave us on the day of the trip.
Product: I went for the first time to this zoo 5 years ago and I was amazed by its beauty. This time was so different, the zoo looks old, and there are a lot of works going on. Not many animals.

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2 weeks ago
4/5

Pleasant cruise trip with advisory on timings and ferries to catch to next destination

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3 weeks ago
4/5

Service: First time using any ferry service in Sydney: the Zoo Express combo is fuss-free. Front desk staff was helpful, especially when I approached them one day before with my online booking: she (sorry: did not pay attention to her name) proactively printed my tickets, and explained the ferry schedule. Boarding was seamless, although some kind of signal to know that the vessel is ready for boarding and push-off would have been useful. The vessels are well-maintained and spacious. Overall, I've been recommending your ferry service.
Product: The Zoo Express combo was exactly what I was looking for, just to break away from an otherwise working weekend away from home. Online booking process was self-explanatory. Follow-up at the counter was easy (see above comments). Use of major credit cards (and PayPal?). My colleagues from China, however, would have benefited from AliPay or WeChat Pay: food for thought.

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1 month ago
5/5

Service: Great commentators whom gave us insights of what we see. Nice clean cruise. On time.
Product: Fuss free purchase and redemption.

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2 months ago
5/5

Service: Staff provided timely instructions & the the ferry was on schedule
Product: The shows were entertaining & the volunteers were very helpful

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2 months ago
5/5

On time and safe!

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2 months ago
5/5

Lovely experience, would definitely travel with Captain Cook Cruises again!

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review of your Captain Cook Cruises experience. We are very pleased to hear about your lovely experience, and hope to see you travel with us again.

Thank you once again for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

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3 months ago
5/5

Great and helpful staff members.
Love to travel again.

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3 months ago
5/5

The tour guide was great and provided a lot of information in the short amount of time we were on the boat for.

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3 months ago
5/5

Service: Great service and friendly staff .Very knowledgeable staff
Product: The exhibits are great but there habitat / enclosures I think need a lot of maintenance

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3 months ago
4/5

Service: Commentator is really nice and professional
Product: Fast,convenient,but the return port is not the same

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3 months ago
5/5

Wonderful service and a great way to get around Sydney Harbour

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4 months ago
5/5

Had a fabulous time on the long lunch tour! Premium alcohol package and window seat are a must!! Not much extra and well worth the price

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5 months ago
5/5

Service: Everything from booking on line to going to the pier and getting my tickets was first class. All staff and crew members were polite and helpful,
Product: This was an excellent way to travel to the zoo. I saw more of Sydney then I would have.

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5 months ago
1/5

Service: I must say my experience was unsatisfactory. We purchased two cruises on the 26th of January. The first, a small vessel participating in the boat ballet, was great. But when we showed up for a ferry to Taronga Zoo for a 2:35 departure from Circular Quay, we were very disappointed to find the service ended at 1:45. I understand we were to have "looked more closely at the schedule" as we were told, but I think the organization doesn't understand that tourists don't read these things regularly and to a novice it was not clear. There could have been much better warning about the limitations in your service. We didn't see 2 hours at the zoo as being "not worth it" as we were told. It all seemed somewhat deceptive.
Product: It is easy to misinterpret the schedule if you are not familiar with reading ferry schedules. In my opinion, the company should make more of an effort to warn people of easy mistakes. I took considerable time trying to understand Australia Day schedule differences from normal schedule and still made a huge blunder that dramatically changed our plans for the day.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear customer,

Thank you for the review of your experience of your Cruise. We are pleased that you enjoyed your Boat Ballet Cruise on Australia Day. All information regarding timetables can be found on our website, which we update as soon as possible to give our customers accurate information. We also encourage our customers to contact our reservations team if they have any questions or inquiries regarding any information for their cruise.

Thank you once again for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Taronga Zoo Express Ferry

6 months ago
1/5

Service: Sehr lange Schlange vor dem Schiff. Wir haben nicht erfahren, dass man gegen einen kleinen Aufpreis auch über eine Priority Line reinkommen könnte. Auf dem Rückweg wechselte plötzlich die Destination und wir kämmen nicht zu unserem Ziel
Product: Überfüllt und sehr unpünktlich.

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6 months ago
2/5

Service: Leaving from Circular Quay was fine and fairly organised, you had your staff directing people where to go etc but coming back from Taronga Zoo was chaotic. The ferry we aimed to get, we couldn’t even get near due to so many people who I believe belonged to a tour party who dominated the entire area with a very bossy lady who wouldn’t let anyone pass by. The next one came in and the same palarva started again hence we missed our connecting trains back to the South Coast which added to an extremely long day. Although a good one, but tiring when you have a child with a disability all the same who is obsessed with schedules and wasn’t happy we didn’t make ours and I’m very lucky we didn’t have any major melt down.
Product: Was a good inclusive price

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear customer,

Thank you for the review of your experience of your Cruise. As any other ferry operator in the harbour, we unfortunately depend on traffic and weather conditions to operate which can be affected by unforeseen circumstances. For that reason, we update our timetable daily to try to be as reliable as we can. We do apologise sincerely for the inconvenience. As you know we value customer feedback, therefore your comments were forwarded to the relevant managers on that matter.

Thank you once again for your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Taronga Zoo Express Ferry

8 months ago
5/5

5 stars

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8 months ago
4/5

Service: The ship from the zoo to the Quay was delayed by 15 minutes, other than that, it was a good ride there and back
Product: Delayed at the zoo going back to the Quay

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10 months ago
5/5

awesome!

Review for Taronga Zoo Express Ferry

10 months ago
5/5

I liked the 'Captain' in costume at the wharf, nice touch and he was friendly and helpful.

Ferries were comfortable, fast and on time. The package ticket with the zoo ticket, Sky Safari and ferry was great.

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10 months ago
5/5

Service: Great view from the top deck.
Product: Easy access to Taroga zoo from darling harbour.

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10 months ago
5/5

Service: Clean and not too busy. The guide on board was great.
Product: No complaints I guess. Nothing else comes to mind

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10 months ago
5/5

Service: Excellent ferry service. We used the service to Taronga Zoo and to Darling Harbour. Comfortable seating and ran to the timetable. Good prices especially combined prices for tourists wanting to visit attractions.
Product: Very good service we used the service to Taronga Zoo and on a different day Darling Harbour and the aquarium. All ran to the timetable. Comfortable and the Taronga Zoo ferry had outdoor seating, good for photographs of the fantastic sights of Sydney harbour. Good combined prices for tourists wanting to visit attractions.

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10 months ago
5/5

Service: I enjoyed the bought service.
Product: I enjoyed the service to reach and come back from Taronga Zoo.

Review for Taronga Zoo Express Ferry

11 months ago
5/5

Service: Easy booking, kind employees and excellent service. Thanks for the day
Product: Amazing place and nice animal. All perfect

Review for Taronga Zoo Express Ferry

12 months ago
5/5

Service: Very friendly and helpful.
Excellent service with excellent staff.
Product: Perfect service for our family of five.
Arrived at the Zoo on time.
Plenty of return services during the day to choose from.

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