Category Archives: Taronga Zoo

Gray Line Grand Sydney Tour – From Sarah

This tour explored the city centre, passing most of the notable city sights including Darling Harbour, Town Hall, QVB, Hyde Park, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay.  We stopped for photo opportunities underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge with magnificent views of the Harbour and it’s icons including Luna Park.  Leaving the city we continued on to the Eastern suburbs filled with mega mansions including some of Sydney’s most expensive houses.  From this area we were also treated to more magnificent views of Sydney and the Harbour.  Please note that some vantage points involved uneven terrain and walking over rocky areas – may not be suitable for young children or disabled persons.  Continuing on to Bondi Beach we stopped for a break with time to enjoy a “SeJuiced” Juice Bar juice on the beach.



We then returned to the city to commenced the second part of our tour – starting with a sumptuous buffet lunch onboard the Magistic Cruise.  During lunch we heard a commentary as each notable point was passed complete with interactive map to track our journey.  The buffet offered a range of different options from chicken, meats, seafood, noodles, salads and desert.  Alcoholic beverages including Beer and Wine were available along with soft drinks, juices and water.  The boat was quite large, comfortable and clean with centre tables as well as booth seating as well as an outdoor area upstairs with sitting and standing room.


At the conclusion of the lunch cruise we returned to Circular Quay and rejoined the bus to continue our tour on to the North Shore/Northern beaches and Manly where the afternoon was spent strolling the Corso, buying ice cream and wandering the beach.  Before reaching Manly however we toured Mosman and Neutral Bay on the North Shore as well as Seaforth and Balgowlah on the Northern Beaches with a stop at a popular lookout featuring some Aboriginal history (Arabanoo).




  • Photo opportunity from underneath Bridge;
  • Lookout spots at Eastern suburbs – Watsons Bay etc;
  • Lunch cruise;
  • Juice at Bondi;
  • Walk at Manly;
  • Knowledge of driver.



Best Of Taronga Zoo, Luna Park and Captain Cook

Ok so some of you may know I went and played Sydney Tourist on my day off and I thought I would share the experience with all of you!
We left the house at 08:30am and got home about 11pm at night!
Firstly I took a friend of mine on Captain Cooks Zoo Express and went out to Taronga Zoo.
For those of you who havent been out there or not in a long time we were there for 5 hours and we didn’t even go into the Australian Section. The boat ride on the way out was nice and quick. It stopped at Fort Denison and let a few off then continued onto the Zoo. It was part of the Harbour Highlights cruise so there was a woman on board giving a little commentary. You can’t hear her very well from outside but it was a bonus bit of information about the Harbour for those who wanted to listen.
The Zoo: Get out there early so you can see which “performances” you want to go and see and plan your day around that. Otherwise take lots of water and a picnic lunch!
Water $3.80
Soft Drink/Powerades $4.80
Lunch Meal $15 pp
Kids Meal $10pp
*Microwave in food court for bottles
Sunscreen: Min $13
All performances and the animal were absolutely fantastic but they end with the theatrical music and conservation message. I get the idea but by the 4th performance its a bit unoriginal and ineffective.
Otherwise great day Seals and Elephants were a highlight.

It was very hot and we got a tad burnt. Take SUNSCREEN IN SUMMER!! Not many undercover areas that have good viewing spots.
Captain Cooks boat was a little late to pick up but the woman did apologise for the inconvenience and explained they were trying a new timetable that day, It wouldn’t otherwise happen.
2nd part of the Day was Luna Park! $40 set us up with an unlimited pass. All rides unlimited all day. $30 will set you up with an unlimited 5 ride pass. The 5 rides are Carousel, Ferris Wheel, Dodgem Cars, Wild Mouse rollercoaster and Coney Island. $10 gets you one go on one ride.
We stayed there and then caught the ferry to Darling Harbour and back to Circular Quay.

Much fun for all ages and suitable for just about everyone!

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