Experience Sydney with Taronga Zoo, Luna Park and the Botanical Gardens
If you're planning a summer holiday in the area and you're wondering what to do in Sydney, there are plenty of things to enjoy in the New South Wales capital.
Taronga Zoo is located right in the heart of Sydney and is home to many of Australia's most recognisable native animals, as well as a few exotic species from countries around the world.
Take a trip aboard the Sydney Harbour Eco Hopper for a speedy cruise that will take you right up to the zoo. The boats leave from several departure points in the city such as Aquarium Wharf, just a short walk away from Mantra on Kent.
Each day the zoo hosts feedings and encounters with different animals, so it's a good idea to look ahead and plan your visit! Depending on the time you go, for example, you might catch a reptile presentation or get up close and personal with a cuddly koala.
"Taronga Zoo is located right in the heart of Sydney and is home to many of Australia's most recognisable native animals, as well as a few exotic species from countries around the world."
You might want to buy your tickets online to save you waiting in queues at the zoo. A special family pass is available at a discounted rate, and children under the age of four enter for free.
Once you're satisfied you've seen all there is to see at Taronga Zoo, head on over to Luna Park. Located at Milsons Point underneath the northern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, this iconic theme park has been lovingly restored for new generations of Sydneysiders and visitors to enjoy.
Luna Park has been a part of the city since 1935, when it was officially opened to the public. Taking its name and inspiration from the first Luna Park on New York's Coney Island, the park has undergone several renovations and revivals during its long history.
Today, you can explore a range of rides and attractions that are fun for the whole family, from the spooky Hollywood Horrors house to the Magic Castle, Space Shuttle and Dodgem Cars.
If you find yourself getting hungry, get a picnic together and settle in amongst the lush flowers and plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens, where entry is free. Bask in the warm sunshine as you enjoy themed areas such as the Begonia Garden, the HSBC Oriental Garden and the Australian Native Rockery.