Australia, HOLIDAYS, Living in... Australia TARONGA ZOO 29 May 2012

I hadn’t been to Sydney’s famous Taronga Zoo in…. decades, I think? So far back that I can’t really remember the trip at all. All I remember was that it was situated on the side of a hill and offered pretty breathtaking views of the water and Sydney.

Since we had Hunter with us, we had the perfect excuse to go 🙂 It was his first time at at actual, proper, zoo, so we were excited to show him all the animals that he had previously only seen in his picture books.

We took the ferry across the harbour to get there, since it’s the fastest and most scenic way. We were blessed with yet another GORGEOUS day in Sydney – with bright clear skies and warm weather. Hunter was wide-eyed during the whole ferry ride and we were treated to a fab view of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Funny how I used to go over the bridge every single day on the way to/from work.. and how I used to walk past the Opera House all the time, and I never really bothered about these landmarks. But now that we’ve left Sydney, they suddenly become so interesting to me!

On the ferry to Taronga Zoo


Inside Taronga Zoo. Lovely views!


At the entrance, having a quick snack


Hunter was really interested in the reptiles, which I thought was cool because I love snakes and lizards.. so he must take after me! I just love the the feel of their skin and scales – so smooth and cool and fluid. Hunter was pretty fascinated too, he kept reaching out to stroke the ADORABLE lizard as well as the snake!

I was really hoping to be able to cuddle the lizard or take a pic with the snake draped around my neck, but they don’t allow that 🙁 But they were my fave animals of the whole zoo by far!

Super cute reptiles. They were a hit with Hunter!


We had a lovely time showing Hunter all the animals he’s already familiar with from his books.. and it was so fun seeing his wide-eyed amazement at these animals coming to life.

And man, these animals have a pretty sweet life! Wonderful weather, huge spacious enclosures, and quite a few of them have stunning views.

Soaking in the sun


Lucky giraffes


Wandering elephants




Beautiful flowers


Watching the seal show


We caught both the bird show, and the seal show


Family pic 🙂




  • Christine Knight Thomas on Facebook posted on May 29, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Your pics are making me homesick. Also – does your love of reptiles have anything to do with what great shoes and handbags they make? 😉

    • Beverly! posted on May 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      HAHA I was wondering who would be the smartypants to first say that 😉

      Actually I don’t like snakeskin bags/shoes.. they feel weird! I only like it when they’re live on an animal, lol.

  • marmalade81 posted on May 30, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Wow Hunter is braver than me, must admit I have a bit of herpetophobia :/

    • Beverly! posted on May 30, 2012 at 10:13 am

      I think when they’re that young they have no fear, and it develops later?

  • geraldine gigiguo posted on May 30, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Hi Beverly I love your last family pic 🙂 Thanks for sharing the zoo photos, it looks like I can bring my son here in future if we are ever in Sydney.

    • Beverly! posted on May 30, 2012 at 10:18 am

      OH yes you guys would love it..!

  • Iris posted on May 30, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Yes, yes, Hunter is definitely a chick magnet (the words on his tee!) 🙂

    • Beverly! posted on May 31, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Heheh hopefully the nice kinda chicks only!

  • liwen posted on May 31, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I must say you still look good carrying number 2!

    • Beverly! posted on May 31, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Aww thanks for the vote of confidence Liwen 🙂


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