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Taronga Zoo

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Taronga Zoo is my son’s second favorite place in Sydney after Luna Park, so he insisted that I write about this ASAP. So my posts about our Sydney trip are not based on the daily basis activities, but based upon requests by my biggest fan reader, hahaha………literally, if he didn’t urge me to write, I’d probably be too lazy to start writing anyway……..

We visited the zoo on Sunday (it was our second day in Sydney), which meant there was a Funday Sunday ticket promotion going on that day. Funday Sunday means for $2.5 fixed price for one full day, we can go anywhere riding any public transports (train, bus, and ferry). So it was a very good bargain for us.

We took the train to Circular Quay before continued the journey with ferry ride from Circular Quay Harbor. As soon as we alighted from the train, we saw this view:

Sydney bridge on one side

Sydney bridge on one side

and Opera House on the other side

and Opera House on the other side

It was our second day in Sydney, and our first time to really see the Sydney bridge and Opera House, so we were kinda out of control in taking pictures, hahaha………….

The boy was still in a good mood to pose.......

The boy was still in a good mood to pose…….

And snap again............the train driver was looking at us kinda strange because we couldn't stop taking pictures, but who cares.......hahaha...........plus we saw other tourists did the same thing with the big tripod not far away from us........

And snap again…………the train driver was looking at us kinda strange because we couldn’t stop taking pictures, but who cares…….hahaha………..plus we saw other tourists did the same thing with the big tripod not far away from us……..

The ferry that would take us to the zoo was in Wharf 6 and while waiting, the staff there offered us to buy tickets from her to save time. The ticket price was the same as if we bought in the zoo directly, plus we could go by cable car directly to the zoo if we already had the ticket. If we hadn’t had the ticket, we must take the bus to the zoo entrance.

Waiting for the ferry to come. The ferry came on time

Waiting for the ferry to come

The ferry came on time

The ferry came on time

Big ship and short ride, it only took for about 20 minutes from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo. The ride was also very smooth

Big ship and short ride, it only took for about 20 minutes from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo. The ride was also very smooth

Of course we chose to sit on the top front deck where we could feel the strong wind and saw the city from close distance.

Another photo session with Sydney Opera House in the background

Another photo session with Sydney Opera House in the background

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The front side of Sydney Opera House

It was a nice journey and no one experienced sea sickness, and finally we could see the jetty from the ferry.

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Taronga Zoo jetty

There was also a small beach which we didn’t visit at all because we had no time, and besides no one wanted to play on the beach on the cold weather like that day.

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“I see beach……..”

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The sky looked so gloomy as it was drizzling when we arrived and we didn’t bring umbrella at all. Thankfully, the rain stopped as soon as we alighted from the cable car

Turn left from the jetty to queue for the cable car ride which would take us to the zoo entrance

Turn left from the jetty to queue for the cable car ride which would take us to the zoo entrance

The queue was long but moved very quick

The queue was long but moved very quick

Look who were enjoying the ride...........

Look who were enjoying the ride………..

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Going up………….higher and higher………..

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Although he smiled, he was actually very nervous with the ride……….

We spotted a cafe before outside and look whose already hungry.........

We spotted a cafe before outside and look whose already hungry………

Everything looked delicious..........ehmmm........but expensive.......

Everything looked delicious……….ehmmm……..but expensive…….

Ready to dig in his meat pie

Ready to dig in his meat pie

But first, he wanted to take picture in here

But first, he wanted to take picture in here

He also wanted to play in the small playground near the picnic benches first

He also wanted to play in the small playground near the picnic benches first

Simple and small playground...........but made him happy.........

Simple and small playground………..but made him happy………playground can always be a mood booster for a child…….

We saw two tree kangaroos from outside the zoo entrance

We saw two tree kangaroos from outside the zoo entrance

Then we must show the tickets (no need to exchange anything if you buy the tickets from the staff in Circular Quay Wharf, just ask for zoo maps which are available in some places) before we could finally entered the zoo.

Ready to start the adventure............(read: the long and tiring walk up and down the hill..........)

Ready to start the adventure………...(read: the long and tiring walk up and down the hill……….)

The information about the tree kangaroo that we saw from outside the zoo

The information about the tree kangaroo that we saw from outside the zoo

We arrived just in time for the pelican feeding session

We arrived just in time for the pelican feeding session

The "already full" pelican and the "still hungry" boy

The “already full” pelican and the “still hungry” boy

Next, we went to see the Australian native animals such as koala, kangaroo, platypus, emu, and Tasmanian devil. We were so curious and excited to see the real platypus for the first time (thanks to Phineas and Ferb with their platypus pet on Disney Channel that introduced us to platypus), and of course the Tasmanian Devil which we didn’t see clearly on our trip to Gold Coast last year.

The only koala that we saw..........and he was sleeping...........

The only koala that we saw……….and he was sleeping………..up high on the tree

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It was difficult to take picture with the koala because of its position

The boy didn't want to be in the picture, he just wanted to take pictures

The boy didn’t want to be in the picture, he just wanted to take pictures

The selfie stick made him easier to take pictures

The selfie stick made him easier to take pictures

So we adults decided to have our own photo sessions, hahaha.....

So we adults decided to have our own photo sessions, hahaha…..

Small kangaroo...

Small wallaby………

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We actually can see these emus in Singapore Zoo

My blur platypus picture. It was so different that I was expected. How could it even be a pet is still a mystery to me..........hahahaha.........

My blur platypus picture. It was so different that I was expected. How could it even be a pet is still a mystery to me……….hahahaha………

Finally, a good look of the devil

Finally, a good look of the devil

The devil moved very quick and fast, so it was difficult to take a steady picture

The devil moved very quick and fast, so it was difficult to take a steady picture

Happy face to finally see the devil so close

Happy face to finally see the devil so close

Taronga Zoo also had magnificent views to the sea and we could even see the Sydney bridge again……………

I loved all the sail boats on the sea

I loved all the sail boats on the sea, I felt like they were painted on the water

See.........Sidney bridge again........

Sidney bridge in the background again……..

We found many good spots to take pictures in this zoo

We found many good spots to take pictures in this zoo

Another sea view.......

Another sea view from the other side of the zoo

Taronga Zoo was a big place and we were quiet tired at the end of the day. It had at least 4 places to eat with many food options to choose: the cafe outside where we bought meat pie, Taronga Food Market, The View Restaurant and the Fish Stop.

Two portions of fish and chips at the Fish Stops. The View Restaurant (where you can dine with a view and more decent food but also more expensive

Two portions of fish and chips at the Fish Stop. The View Restaurant (where you can dine with a view and more decent food but also more expensive) was located just next to this food stall

Super hungry............

Super hungry…………

We found this interesting place (a building like a house) which was suitable for little kids

We found this interesting place (a building like a house) which was suitable for little kids

I was so curious to see the giraffes in this zoo. Why? Aren’t all giraffes are all the same? Yes, but I had been seeing these two giraffes pictures facing each other with the clear blue sky and Sydney Opera House in the background in Taronga Zoo. The picture was so pretty and I kinda wished to find the exactly same setting when I visited this zoo. Try to google Taronga Zoo and you will find immediately what I was talking about. So, did it meet my expectation?

Not at all!!! When we arrived to the African animal spot, the giraffes were nowhere to be seen. They were sleeping and resting………..Ouch, we were so disappointed! But okay, we continued with other animals………

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Fine then…….let’s go see Bongo first. This was our first time seeing Bongo

Zebras

To me, all zebras are all the same………but we were in Australia and those were Australian zebras, so of course we had to take picture with them, hahaha…………..

When we were about to leave the African animal zone, I suddenly spotted that the giraffes were all back and many people were trying to take their pictures……….so we ran (we literally ran because we were afraid the giraffes would not be long outside), and took turn to take pictures with the giraffes. We couldn’t even make a close picture of two giraffes facing each other with the nice Opera House in the background……………the giraffes just wouldn’t cooperate to pose like that…………they were just busy eating and refused to pose………….

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The boy’s turn

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Daddy’s turn

There were some other animals like in the Australian Night Life, tigers and lions in the big cat trail which attracted most people and the only place where we had difficulty to see because of the so many people in front of us who didn’t move an inch for a long time and all were busy taking pictures or filming the king of the jungle.

What was so interesting about this guy.....???

What was so interesting about this guy…..???

Tiger

The tiger was just enjoying all the attentions

We then decided to see other animals, and this time we spotted the penguins

We then decided to see other animals, and this time we spotted the penguins

Special place for kids to see the chimpanzee

Special place for kids to see the chimpanzee

They were still in good mood, not long after that they fought hard and screamed to each other........it was quite funny actually..........

They were still in good mood, not long after that they fought hard and screamed to each other……..it was quite funny actually……….

Animals in the wetlands

Animals in the wetlands

The boy and the birds

The boy and the birds

The boy helped daddy measured his wingspan

The boy helped daddy measured his wingspan

Their arm length was almost the same!

Their arm length was almost the same!

We were amazed with the goat who could climb easily. Did you see the Himalayan Tahr or Himalayan Mountain Goat in the background?

We were amazed with the goat who could climb easily. Did you see the Himalayan Tahr or Himalayan Mountain Goat in the background?

We found this on the way down to Taronga Market

We found this on the way down to Taronga Market

We finally found the children playground just when we decided that it was time to go home. Of course extra time was spent in the playground. It had climbing climbing structures, slides, and even a wet area.

His eyes twinkled when he spotted the playground

His eyes twinkled when he spotted the playground

The playground located just next to the lemur (you know King Julian from Madagascar, rite? Well, this was his place......)

The playground located just next to the lemurs (you know King Julian from Madagascar, rite? Well, this was his place……)

Climb up..........

Climb up……….

Finally he was able to reach the top

Finally he was able to reach the top

Slide down was also fun

Slide down was also fun

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Try to balance himself to go to the other side

The wet play

The wet play

Finally, we went back just when the zoo was about to close. We took the cable car back to the jetty and chose a different seat (still at the top deck) which gave us a different view of the sea and the city. The ferry was very crowded because it was the zoo closing time and everybody rushed to go back.

The ferry left the zoo

The ferry left the Taronga jetty

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The jetty was getting smaller and smaller

 

We were "attacked" by a very strong wind......

We were “attacked” by a very strong wind……

Sydney bridge.....it meant we were getting closer to Circular Quay Wharf

Sydney bridge…..it meant we were getting closer to Circular Quay Wharf

Last picture taken on the ferry ride

Last picture taken on the ferry ride

It was almost dark and cold, but someone still wanted ice cream…………..

The famous Gelatossimo

The famous Gelatissimo

He finished the vanilla flavor cup all by himself........so I don't know the taste

He finished the vanilla flavor cup all by himself……..so I don’t know the taste

We were too tired to go anywhere else so we just went straight home, had takeaway dinner at the apartment, turned on the heater and watched TV on the bed until we fell asleep…………….nope, it was too good to be true because I still had to do the laundry and the drying machine didn’t turn off automatically, so I couldn’t fall asleep…………..but having the washing machine and drying machine was good because we didn’t have to bring too many clothes.

By the way, after I finished this post and published it, the boy said that this post is not completed.

Me: Why?

The boy: because there are still many animals that you haven’t put here. You took many pictures, right? Where is the elephant? You took picture of echidna, salt water crocodile, seal and corroboree frog. Put them in the post.

So, based on his request, here are some pictures of the animals that he wanted me to add in this post. Simply because he liked them and wanted to see their pictures every time he opens and reads this post. It will be a good reminder for him in the future too.

Elephants located near the fish and chips stall

Elephants located near the fish and chips stall

This echidna lookd just like porcupine to me.........

This echidna lookd just like porcupine to me………

Now we come to the tricky part between sea lion and seal.

Me: Aren’t they just the same?

R: No, can’t you see they are different kind? The small one is Australian Sea Lion and the big one is New Zealand Fur Seal

Me: What?

R: (repeat again several times) Oh, it’s so hard to explain to you……

Me: Okay, I understand……..

R: Finally, it gave me headache………….

Me: hahaha……………..

My question was:

Well, at least now I know the different…………

The very big saltwater crocodile which can grow up to 5 meters in length

The very big saltwater crocodile which can grow up to 5 meters in length

His other request: komodo dragon

His other request: komodo dragon

Here's the coocaboree frog

Here’s the corroboree frog

Left: Northern Snake Necked Turtle

Left: Northern Snake Necked Turtle (no idea how he remembered the long name…….). Right: Indian Star Tortoise (my first time saw this kind of tortoise)

Sun bear, tapir, meerkat, and snake

Sun bear, tapir, meerkat, and snake (green anaconda – this detail is important………so I have to write it down……….)

Can you spot fishing cat on the left? The other one on the right is

Can you spot fishing cat on the left? The other one on the right was green iguana

Pretty blue fish must be put in here too

Pretty blue fish must be put in here too

Lemurs..........not so cute in real life

Lemurs……….not so cute in real life

Lemurs are movie stars (remember King Julian from Madagascar the Movie?), so they got really nice house in this zoo........

Lemurs are movie stars (remember King Julian from Madagascar the Movie?), so they got really nice house in this zoo……..

Author: cruiseoflife

Hi there. I'm from Indonesia but now live quite far away from my home country. I love cooking for my family. I learned how to cook for the first time from my mom and I believe that mom's cooking is always the best, and I do hope that my son will feel the same too even though he grows up so fast. I love Indonesian food as I grew up with it, and I promise to myself that my son, although he doesn't live in Indonesia right now, will always like and enjoy authentic Indonesian food. I make this blog so that my family will always remember our togetherness and happy time that we had, are having, and will have when we eat together and have good memories about a mother's love through her dishes. Hopefully these recipes will help other people to make healthy home cooked dishes for their families.

2 thoughts on “Taronga Zoo

  1. wow… seru yaa jalan – jalan k e zoo nya. Ini zoo nya di satu pulau tersendiri yaa??
    He…he… si boy ada bakat jadi writer nih… he knows how to write a story in detail ^_^

    • Sebetulnya zoo ini letaknya bukan di pulau tersendiri, cuma krn negara ini memang banyak bgt lautnya, makanya dibuatlah ferry ini buat transportasi spy lbh cepet dan gampang. Naik bus bisa kok sebetulnya cuma jauh lebih lama. Iya nih anak seneng bgt nulis2 cerita gitu, di mana mana minta dibawain buku kosong, semoga bisa jadi penulis deh suatu hari nanti, hehehe…..

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