Taronga Zoo Express


  • Timetable
  • Return rocket ferry between Taronga Zoo and Circular Quay, Manly, 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) $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
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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, Manly, 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.

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88 % approval from 8 responses

1 month ago

Service: Everything was great. A complimentary beverage would be appreciated and the speakers outside should be a little louder. Otherwise great!!

Product: Very good zoo with amazing views and wildlife walking about everywhere! World class!

1 month ago

Service: The service is always friendly and well priced. Whenever I go to Taronga Zoo I always use Captain Cook Cruises.

Product: Easy to purchase and great prices

1 month ago

We went on two cruises with Captain Cook Cruises - We did the Top Deck Lunch Cruiser firstly. It was a good way to get a great view around the Harbour and the meals were quite nice. The only thing that could've been offered in the price was an initial soft drink/beer or wine and then pay beyond that. The second cruise was a pack to Taronga Zoo which included the Cable Car up the Cliffs with views travelling across the elephants enclosure. The animals have such beautiful views of the harbour.

2 months ago

the booking was the most difficult, doing it online,not being able to print it out I kept it in my phone. The trip was direct ferry from Watson Bay to the Zoo, 3 children in tow. The website showed there was a ticket office at Watson Bay wharf, there wasn't; The time table at the jetty stated the ferry to arrive at W Bay 10am, with a large dot next to 10am, meaning only that time on public holidays/school holidays, which it was, but did not arrive until 1040am. I did not understand that tickets could be bought on board.

The trip itself was extremely good, the announcer being very sociable, especially with the 2 older boys, and included them in his commentating by asking them questions or them volunteering information.

The deck hand was very king to contact the main office re my ticket, as he said the zoo would not accept the phone receipt therefore had permission from them to write an acceptable one, he needn't have gone to that trouble, but I am thankful he did.

A lot of this could have been avoided if the Captain Cook Cruises website had been up to date.

The deck hand & commentator are highly commended.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Ann Friske,

Thank you for taking the time to write to us. We are disappointed to read your comments as we do not have a ticket office at Watsons Bay wharf. We are glad that our experienced deckhands sorted out mobile ticket issues as Taronga Zoo require all passengers to have a physical ticket. Our timetables are updated regularly and are updated daily on our website on our website under ‘check your date button’.

Once thank you for your feedback.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

2 months ago

On time with well informed crew. The only downside was there seemed to be an excess of passengers. Standing room only.

4 months ago

Service: I'd recommend this. We had a great time

Product: It had everything we wanted at a great price

4 months ago

It was entertaining and on time

5 months ago

Easy on line service

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