Adelaide Zoo
Plane Tree Drive is closed for WOMADelaide 4-14 March, access to the zoo is from Frome Road only.

As a conservation charity, every visit, adoption, donation and ticket helps save species from extinction

Event information

Yes please! Your ticket is valid for the date and time shown.

Unfortunately if you arrive for the wrong session you will be asked to come back at the right time. You cannot enter after 7.30pm with a 6.30pm session ticket.

No, you can still explore the site! We estimate an average visit to Light Creatures will take you approximately 60 minutes.

Where can I park?

A number of parking spaces are available on Plane Tree Drive. Parking on Plane Tree Drive is controlled by Botanic Gardens of South Australia and there is an event parking fee of $2.50 per hour after 6pm, capped at $10 for all night, which can be paid through the Botanic Garden’s parking pay stations located along the road. We recommend reviewing parking access and pricing through the Botanic Gardens website here.

Standard timed and metered parking is applicable on Plane Tree Drive before 6pm.

Any questions about parking on Plane Tree Drive can be directed to the Botanic Gardens at [email protected]
Any feedback about parking on Plane Tree Drive can be directed to the Botanic Gardens here.


Are there accessible parking spaces available?

The Botanic Gardens of South Australia owns and operates all parking on Plane Tree Drive and offers a number of accessible parking spaces close to the zoo main entrance. Accessible parking bays are located along Plane Tree Drive adjacent to Gate 2 on the left side. Passengers can be dropped off in our passenger loading and unloading zone, located on the left side between Gates 1 and 2.

No, guests are not permitted to touch the lanterns and other light arrangements but will be able to get closer to the action than previous years.

Discover the larger-than-life Light Creatures!

  • Falcon: 4.5m x 6.5m and wing span is 10m
  • Skink: 27m long x 3m wide
  • Giant Pandas: 6m high x 5m wide
  • Angler fish: 3.5m high x 4m wide
  • Jellyfish in Underwater World: Hang 6m above head height
  • Cahaya the Tiger: 3m high x 4m long

Yes, the lanterns will still be inflated throughout the day time. However, they will not be illuminated and any associated soundtracks or additional lighting will not be running.

While some of our animals may be visible during your visit, we cannot guarantee you will be able to see them. We prioritise the wellbeing of our animals and therefore allow them access to their night quarters throughout the evening.

Yes, but please be mindful of others and please do not use flash photography near any animals as this can cause harm. Drone use is prohibited.


A variety of food and beverage (including burgers, fries, toasted sandwiches, soup, donuts, coffee, hot chocolate and more!) will be available from Wisteria Café, Fig Tree Café and other locations around the site. There will also be a special event bar providing wine, gin and beer options. Vegan and Gluten Free food options will be available.

Can I bring my own food and drink?

Yes you can, however please remember that plastic straws are banned from site and the bringing in of your own alcohol is prohibited. Food and beverages will be available on the night from several catering locations featured on the site map. All dietary requirements will be catered for.

Plastic straws, balloons, alcohol, balls, wheeled shoes, scooters, bicycles, animals, and selfie sticks.

Yes, Zoobarus will be available to hire.

Closed areas during Light Creatures at Adelaide Zoo include; Panda Forest, Envirodome, Reptile House, and Nocturnal House. Some pathways will also be closed.

No, Light Creatures at Adelaide Zoo is an all-weather event. In the event of weather that poses a threat to visitor and staff safety the event night will be cancelled and ticket holders will be contacted to arrange rescheduled session.


Light Creatures is returning after sell out sessions in 2021 and 2022, we strongly recommend booking in advance to secure the time and date you prefer. Limited tickets will be available on the gate each night unless a session is sold out prior.

No, Light Creatures at Adelaide Zoo is a No Free Tickets event.

No, Light Creatures at Adelaide Zoo is a No Free Tickets event. Zoos SA Two Visit Pass can be used to visit Adelaide Zoo, Monarto Safari Park or the same site twice during stand daytime hours.

Yes, you are able to use a Life Membership Transferable Card to purchase a single member Light Creatures ticket.

No, children 0 – 3 are free, these children still require a free reservation as they are counted towards event site capacities. Thank you for helping us ensure crowd safety by booking your cub ticket at the time of adult ticket purchasing.

No, reciprocal entry rights for interstate members apply to general entry to Adelaide Zoo. Tickets for Light Creatures at Adelaide Zoo are full price and need to be purchased online and we recommend, in advance.

Yes, the companion card is applicable for Light Creatures at Adelaide Zoo and entitles the card holder to a Free of Charge ticket for their carer. Please note this is eligible for one carer per card holder and the Companion Card must be presented upon entry. To book a Companion Card free ticket please phone our bookings team on 8267 3255.

No, tickets for Light Creatures at Adelaide Zoo are separate and are priced differently. If you wish to attend the Zoo during the day and the evening you will need to purchase the tickets individually. Adelaide Zoo will close as per usual at 5:00pm and then reopen at 6:30pm for Light Creatures.

Yes, please have the tickets ready for scanning on your mobile and screen brightness turned up when you are in line at the front gate.

If you have not received your tickets please check in your junk mail folder. If you still have not found the email please contact us via

Unfortunately, we are unable to change the date of your tickets once you have purchased them. Please consider carefully before selecting the date of your tickets.

All ticket sales are final. Refunds and exchanges are not permitted for this event.


Adelaide Zoo has limited wheelchairs available for hire for $5, which need to be reserved prior to your booking date. To check availability please contact us at [email protected]

Yes, Adelaide Zoo is a wheelchair accessible site. The walkways and trails that are part of the event are accessible for individuals with wheelchairs.

Some installation locations are on grass, accessible floor matting will be in use and is recommended for wheelchair and pram users.

Adelaide Zoo is equipped with accessible toilet facilities to ensure the safety and privacy of all our visitors. These toilets are located at Natures Playground and the Rotunda.

The Natures Playground accessible toilet is fitted with a full body ceiling hoist that is readily available and designed to meet the needs of the individual and carer while visiting the zoo. The following information is important to note:

  • Individuals will need to bring their own loop sling upon visiting the zoo.
  • This hoist is compatible with loop style slings, as opposed to clip style slings.
  • Please note that the ceiling hoist SWL is 200kg, this is the maximum weight it can take regardless of the SWL of the sling.
  • Zoo employees and volunteers are neither permitted nor trained to lift an individual or help them inside a restroom.

Zoos SA is a quarantine area and therefore we are unable to allow assistance animals and guide dogs on site. We recommend visiting with a companion who can assist during your visit and remind you that guests with a Companion Card are entitled to a complementary ticket. Please book ahead of time by contacting our bookings team on 8267 3255.

Yes, Zoos SA works with Deaf Connect to translate the event signage to increase accessibility.

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