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:
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 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.
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.
It was a nice journey and no one experienced sea sickness, and finally we could see the jetty from the ferry.
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.
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.
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.
Taronga Zoo also had magnificent views to the sea and we could even see the Sydney bridge again……………
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.
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………
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………….
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.
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.
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.
It was almost dark and cold, but someone still wanted ice cream…………..
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.
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.
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
R: (repeat again several times) Oh, it’s so hard to explain to you……
Me: Okay, I understand……..
R: Finally, it gave me headache………….