After our visit to Manly we caught another ferry and now we are en route to Taronga Zoo. Diners are still at Fort Denison.
Approaching Athol Wharf. What is the chairlift about? No one was using it. It runs over the top of the zoo. Three buses seemed to be there to meet the ferry and indicated they would take us to the main entrance. We hopped aboard the second and the bus climbed the steep hill to the zoo entrance. I did use my Opal but many did not. I am not sure if it is a free trip. Before the Sydney tram system closed, many visitors arrived at the zoo by tram. The road down the steep hill beside the zoo was at times problematic, as you can see back in this post from last year.
The zoo entrance. I speculated that the entrance price would be nearly $30. I nearly died when I saw it was $46. It was a little cheaper for R. We really did hesitate before paying. I have just checked and Melbourne Zoo is $30 and I think better value, but you don't get the scenery.
We were at times distracted from looking at the animals by the views. On informal zigzagging paths we slowly made our way down the steep hill.
Komodo dragon from Indonesia. They will attack and kill people.
Looks like an alligator to me. Alligators aren't Australian, in spite of us having a river named after them.
Another fearsome looking chap.
There are two tails, so there must be another head somewhere.
I love lizards.
I had not really noticed this model sitting on a rock. From the corner of my eye I just saw a rock, somewhere to stand up on to take photos. I turned to step up and nearly died when I saw the model. I haven't had such a fright for a very long time.
You can pay extra to feed some of the animals, including the giraffes. They seem a little shorter than the giraffes at Melbourne zoos. Perhaps they are different breed. Note the advantage of having a zoo on a steep hill.
Don't ask me.
Strangely, I have never ever seen any sort of seal show. I think back to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna which I did not like seeing. I would not rate a seal show as being in the same league and it did raise awareness of looking after our marine environment, especially among the young spectators. The seals perform for reward of small fish being thrown to them. The show was very entertaining and their antics were quite amazing.
Male gorilla being a grumpy husband and father. Mother protectively clutched her baby close to her chest.
We left the gorillas but grumpy exited the main stage into this room at the side and came up close to the window to glare at us.
The old elephant enclosure, no longer used.
A wings spread out display just for us.
The Italian ship still hanging around.
The seals have quite a large area for swimming. This chap/chapess was on its own.
There is a small beach without very good access, I think. The authorities may not want to encourage people to use it.
Quite a chop on the harbour now, with the naval ships still at their base.
Government House, the residence of the State Governor, sits to the east of Circular Quay.
The vertical garden at Pullman illuminated at night.
From our balcony down below in the tangle of buildings and streets of East Sydney we could see a large old building flying a rainbow flag. With the aid of google maps, I worked out the building was the Lord Roberts Hotel. Fancy trying it for dinner, my dear? I am in the mood for a pub meal. We walked down the steep slope of Stanley Street. R, note the wide sweeping curve of Stanley and Yurong Streets, so shaped for when the tram used to turn the corner.
Lord Roberts was a brilliant find. It was buzzing with atmosphere and people. Ok, this is not a good photo of a buzzing atmosphere.
We had very nice meals in the upper dining area and as seats had become available on the adjacent outdoor deck, we moved out there after dinner. At the side of us a metre away were the tree tops in Riley Street.