Adelaide Zoo, one of Adelaide’s most iconic attractions, is home to more than 2,500 animals and 250 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish exhibited over eight hectares of magnificent botanic surroundings.

Adelaide Zoo is the second oldest zoo in the nation and represents a significant part of South Australia’s heritage and social history. Since Adelaide Zoo first opened to the public in 1883, generations of South Australians have shared in the wonder of a visit to the zoo.

It’s a relaxing green city oasis and vibrant sanctuary that gives you the feeling of stepping into another world. It’s full of diversity, colour and unique things to see and do. It offers an intimate zoo experience speckled with elements of curiosity, fantasy, fun and surprise.

Adelaide Zoo is the only major metropolitan zoo in Australia to be owned and operated by a not-for-profit conservation charity.

Adelaide Zoo is open from 9:30am – 5pm every day of the year, including Christmas and all public holidays.

Please note the opening times for the following areas:

  • Panda Exhibit 9:45am – 4:45pm.
  • Zoo Shop 9:30am – 5pm
  • Panda Shop 11am-3pm (11am-4pm during school holidays and on weekends)
  • Reptile House 10am – 4:30pm (4:45pm weekends and public holidays)
  • Nocturnal House 10am – 4:30pm (4:45pm weekends and public holidays)
  • Walk-through Aviaries 9:30am – 4:30pm (4:45pm weekends and public holidays).
  • Westpac Envirodome 10am – 4:30pm (4:45pm weekends and public holidays)

Animals in the Children’s Zoo may be fed with zoo animal food that is available for purchase for $2 (subject to availability). There is a total feeding ban in all other areas.

Adelaide Zoo offers a wide range of daily zoo keeper talks and animal feeds that give guests the opportunity to interact with our friendly staff and learn about the zoo’s unique residents. Follow the presentation schedule to get the most out of your visit to Adelaide Zoo.

Click here to see the full keeper presentations schedule.

Looking for a more unique animal experience? Consider booking a Westpac Brief Animal Encounter or a Behind the Scenes Animal Experience, proudly supported by AGL, to come face-to-face with some of our remarkable animal residents.

Find out more here!

Wisteria Restaurant

Wisteria Restaurant is open from 9am-4:30pm daily and offers a range of tasty treats, small bites and hot meals.

Don’t forget the cafe can also be accessed from outside the zoo so pop in whenever you want to grab a quick bite!

Fig Tree Cafe

Located in the centre of the zoo, the Fig Tree Café offers a great range of quick and delicious snack and lunch options.

Adelaide Zoo services and facilities ensure an enjoyable and fulfilling experience whether you are a day visitor, attending an educational excursion or an afterhours function.

  • Picnic and Rest Areas – a historic undercover rotunda, benches and wide sweeping lawns for picnics and more intimate shady glades are positioned throughout the gardens
  • Public Amenities – including disabled toilets and baby change rooms
  • Vending Machines – provided throughout the zoo for drinks, ice-creams and other light refreshments
  • Eftpos and ATMs – located at the entry gates on Plane Tree Drive
  • First Aid facilities – first aid facilities are available at the zoo
  • Disabled Access – the zoo provides ramps and railings for disability access
  • Guide Dogs – Guide Dogs may enter the front gate and are given a suitable area with shelter and water while their owner visits. Guide Dogs are not allowed through the zoo as it is a quarantine zone.

Available for Hire

  • Kidz Kabz – pusher hire $14 (includes $5 deposit)
  • Wheelchair hire – $15 (includes $10 deposit, pre-booking recommended)

We have a limited number of wheelchairs for hire. If you wish to hire one for your visit to Adelaide Zoo please ring 08 8267 3255 to reserve.

Adelaide Zoo is situated on Frome Road, near the River Torrens. Entry is via Frome Road (follow the signs) or Plane Tree Drive next to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

Car

Limited metered ticket parking is available on Plane Tree Drive, War Memorial Drive and Frome Road. All metered parking is operated by either Adelaide Botanic Gardens or Adelaide City Council. There is no parking available on the grounds of Adelaide Zoo.

Wilsons Parking – special offer to Adelaide Zoo Visitors

Wilsons Parking on Frome Road (next to the Royal Adelaide Hospital) offer a special $10 flat rate all day parking on weekends for Zoo Visitors.  To claim the special parking offer, you must validate your ticket prior to exiting the Zoo.  The ticket validator is located within the Zoo shop.

Bus

Buses stop on Frome Road directly outside the zoo (Bus number 271 or 273 from Currie Street). Visit Adelaide Metro for more details.

The hourly Connector Bus passes the Adelaide Oval and many of the UPark carparks in the city.

Bike

Free bike racks are provided within the entry precinct, just outside the Santos Conservation Centre. Best routes to Adelaide Zoo include the Torrens Linear Park and cycle paths along all major arterial roads.

Boat

The Popeye boats are privately owned recreational ferries that operate on the River Torrens between Elder Park and Adelaide Zoo. You can purchase a one-way ticket from Elder Park and disembark from the river cruise at the zoo. For further information contact the operator by calling 08 8223 5863.

WOMAD Closures

Please be aware of the following information regarding WOMAD in Bontanic Park:

26 February – 1 March 2015

  • Botanic Park will be closed
  • Plane Tree Drive will be OPEN for parking
  • Bike Path will be OPEN for through access only.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists must not walk or ride across the park – use bike path only

2 – 11 March 2015 (inclusive)

  • Botanic Park will be CLOSED for WOMADelaide
  • No access to the bike paths, Plane Tree Drive or Botanic Park
  • Frome Rd access to Botanic Gardens is through Frome Park using the Botanic Gardens Western entrance

12 – 13 March 2015

  • Botanic Park will be closed
  • Plane Tree Drive will be OPEN for parking
  • Bike Path will be OPEN for through access only

Car Parking Special Offer

Wilsons Parking are offering a $10 all day parking rate for Zoo Visitors for the entire Period Plane Tree Drive is closed. All tickets will need to be validated in the validating machine located in the Zoo Shop to get the $10 special deal. If your ticket is not validated, you will get charged the full rate at Wilsons parking.

The magnificent landscaping of Adelaide Zoo is the result of more than 130 years of care and attention.

Our horticultural teams’ role is to design, develop, maintain and continually evolve the gardens and grounds within Adelaide Zoo to create a naturalistic botanical setting that extends from public areas to animal habitats.

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