First installed to its iconic position in 1987 and then upgraded in 2000, the Sky Safari is one of Taronga's most loved experiences and has transported more than 20 million passengers over its lifetime.
Time flies when you’re having fun, but after 35 years of the high life, the time has come for the Sky Safari to retire on January 31 2023.
The Sky Safari was an ageing asset and has reached the end of its workable life with Taronga.
Its retirement paves the way for a proposed upgrade which would see the Sky Safari transformed into an unforgettable and fully accessible family experience. Pending planning approval, the upgraded Sky Safari is scheduled to open in 2025.
Planning your visit
Whilst the Sky Safari is in retirement, we are committed to ensuring we help move our guests safely and efficiently around the Zoo.
Guests to Taronga Zoo Sydney can enter through the iconic heritage gates at the Main Entrance at the top of the Zoo, or the Lower Zoo Entrance which is a 3-minute walk from the Taronga Zoo ferry wharf.
Guests arriving via Ferry can enter via the Lower Entrance on Bradleys Head Road or catch the regular public bus from the Ferry Terminal to the Top Main Entrance. Additional buses will be provided by Taronga Zoo in holiday and peak periods to assist with moving guests to the Top Entrance.
We’re committed to ensuring guests of all ages and abilities can an enjoy a day out at the zoo. Guests needing assistance to return to the top of the zoo can make use of the public and shuttle buses connecting the lower exit of the zoo to the top entrance.
Our accessibility map also helps guests to plan their route through the zoo to avoid steeper slopes.
Read more about our accessibility here.
Exciting things ahead
Plans are underway for an exciting new experience. While we are in early stages of planning, the revitalised Sky Safari will feature additional larger and accessible gondolas, extend along an expanded route, and provide greater access to the Zoo for guests of all ages and abilities.
Follow us along the journey as we build a Zoo for the future!