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 conservation-based charity, Zoos SA.

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 from the exterior with zoo animal food that is available for purchase for $2 (subject to availability). There is a total feeding ban in all other areas.

Take a walk on the wild side and have fun with nature inspired play equipment suitable for all abilities.

The new play space is a wonderful environment where visitors of all ages can let their imaginations run wild, have fun, challenge themselves and explore the natural world.

The playground includes play equipment built on nature play principles that stimulate all the senses through climbing structures, water play features, a natural creek bed and aerial walkways. The precinct also has disability friendly toilets, a new parent’s room and an undercover function area suitable for birthday parties and other unique functions.

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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.

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Have a virtual keeper in the palm of your hand next time you visit Adelaide Zoo with our new free interactive app!

Adelaide Zoo has become the first Australian zoo to utilise intuitive iBeacon technology which will transform your next visit by pushing information about the zoo straight to your smart phone, iPad or tablet, thanks to our sponsors Beach Energy, technological partner Specialist apps and corporate partner KernWi-Fi for providing free Wi-Fi at Adelaide Zoo.

The exciting new technology will act as a personal tour guide during your visit to Adelaide Zoo, providing an interactive map featuring information about the zoo, its animals and conservation work at the touch of a button.

As you walk around the zoo, the app will alert you to points of interest around the zoo and provide interesting and practical information such as species facts, the location of the closest facilities and educational tools.

Hear from our keepers directly as you explore Adelaide zoo and learn about the more than 3,000 animals that call the zoo home.

Make sure you download the free app from iTunes or Google Play before your next visit and experience Adelaide Zoo like never before.

Download the Adelaide Zoo app today!

 Download on the App Store  Google Play


The app was made possible by our sponsor Beach Energy and technology partner Specialist Apps. 

Beach Energy


Download our app in 3 easy steps!

1. Go to your favourite app store
2. Search for “Adelaide Zoo”
3. Download the “Adelaide Zoo” app to your device

Download the app using your home Wi-Fi to avoid longer download times and buffering whilst at the Zoo.

Nature’s Playground – Now Open


Take a walk on the wild side these school holidays and experience our new Nature’s Playground. Have fun with nature inspired play equipment suitable for all abilities.

The new play space is a wonderful environment where visitors of all ages can let their imaginations run wild, have fun, challenge themselves and explore the natural world.

Using nature play principles, the playground has been designed to encourage unstructured play and includes nature-inspired play equipment, a function space and new parent room.

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Wisteria Restaurant

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

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
  • Lockers are available for day hire including small ($10), medium ($12) and large ($15) sizes.
  • Eftpos and ATMs – Please note the ATM on Plane Tree Drive is curently unavailable. 
  • 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

  • Zoobaru – pusher hire $15
  • 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.

Please note that due to O’Bahn extension construction works, from 10 April 2016 all right-hand turns at the Botanic Rd, Hackney Rd, Dequetteville Tce and North Tce intersection will be restricted.

Access to Plane Tree Drive to park and visit the Zoo is still available if travelling north, south or along Hackney Rd, but right hand turns onto Hackney Rd when departing Plane Tree Drive are no longer available. 


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.

Special offer for Boo at the Zoo visitors

Wilsons Parking on Frome Road (next to the Royal Adelaide Hospital) offer a special $10 flat rate for Zoo visitors attending the 2016 Boo at the Zoo afternoon/evening event on Friday October 28th. 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.


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

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


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.


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.


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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Zoos SA recognises reciprocal membership rights of the following Australian zoos:

  • Taronga Conservation Society of Australia (Taronga Zoo and Taronga Western Plains Zoo)
  • Perth Zoo
  • Zoos Victoria (Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary)

Please note South Australian residents holding Zoos Victoria membership will no longer receive free child member entry to Adelaide and Monarto Zoos and will be required to pay normal admission to enter. This reflects a national change to reciprocal entry rights among participating zoos.

This only applies to Zoos Victoria child members between 4-14 years old who live in NSW, ACT, Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia.

It does not affect Zoo Victoria adult members, wherever they live, who will still enjoy free admission to all participating zoos.

To gain access to both Adelaide and Monarto Zoos with your reciprocal rights entitlement, please provide ID (showing a photo + address), your valid interstate membership card and a letter of validity if your membership card does not have an expiry date listed (so we can determine that your membership has not expired) from your parent zoo and present them to gate staff on entry. Zoos Victoria Members only need to supply all current membership cards and photo ID.

A letter of validity can be obtained from your member organisation by phoning;

  • Taronga Zoo Friends Office – 02 9969 2777
  • Perth Zoo Friends Office – 08 9474 0350
  • Zoos Vic Member – 1300 966 784


Environmental sustainability is living within the limits of what the environment can provide. It’s about understanding the many interconnection between the economy, society and the environment. More so it’s about the equal distribution of resources and opportunities. Learn how you can reduce your carbon footprint and help wildlife.

Climate change is already impacting species and their habitat. By adopting more sustainable practices we can help reduce the impact of climate change.

Zoos SA has a sustainability program to reduce our footprint. We undertake voluntary carbon planting to counter our carbon emissions, while also creating new habitat for species.

Reduce your footprint on the earth by taking sustainable action in your everyday life.

  • take simple steps to save energy and water
  • choose renewable resources
  • Refuse/Reduce/Reuse/Recycle
  • choose sustainable transport and walk, ride or bus

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About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to save species from extinction and connect people with nature.

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