Adelaide Zoo


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We’re staying open late so you can discover Adelaide Zoo by sundown

Soak up summer nights surrounded by the evening calls of the Siamangs or throaty huffs of the lions, right in the heart of the city.

Take a moment to unwind after work or drop in for a special date night with the unique opportunity to explore the grounds by twilight.

NEW this year: Adelaide Zoo will not close between the day session and Zoo Nights events. Visitors with a day ticket can stay on to experience the site by dusk, while event ticket holders can enter from 4pm.

Zoo Nights look a little different to your usual visit. It’s the animals bedtime so they might be less active or not as easily visible. Keep an eye out for Sumatran Tiger snuggles!

3 nights only!

Friday 5, 12 and 19 January

4pm – 8.30pm (last entry 8pm)
Free for Zoos SA members

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Voyage installation

Open from 5.30pm – 7.30pm

See the stunning digital installation bringing to life a selection of botanical and zoological watercolours from the National Museum of Singapore’s William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings.

Get a glimpse of the installation here.

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Live acoustic music

6 – 7pm each evening

Immerse yourself in the soulful sounds of live music from Nancy Bates.

Barkindji Song Woman Nancy Bates, is a multifaceted artist. A song writer, an educator and Human Rights activist who is dedicated to giving voice, and elevating First Nations people.

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Silent Disco

2 sessions kicking off from 6pm and 6.30pm

Guru Dudu Productions will be bringing play, love and laughter to Zoo Nights with their Silent Disco walking tours.

Pop on a set of headphones and dance to music from the 70s, 80s and 90s as you wander through the zoo flash-mob style!

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Meet the makers

Pop-up stalls in front of the Zoo Shop

Meet some of the incredible suppliers behind the beautiful products we stock in the Zoo Shop. Learn about the inspiration behind their creations, how certain products are made and sample some delicious goodies.

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Nature’s Playground open all night

Take a walk on the wild side! Let the kids soak up the last of the sun exploring the nature-inspired play equipment for little ones of all abilities.

Heads up!

Learn about a range of species like the Barking Owl and Blue and Gold Macaw as they soar over your head at the Free Flight Bird Show.

Plus, don’t miss special animal feeds for the Pelicans, Giraffes and Dingoes – Look out for session times on the night!

Zoo Nights tickets

Free entry for Zoos SA Members and reciprocal zoo members. Must have a valid membership card to gain free entry.

Free entry for children under 4 years. No ticket required.

Non-members require a paid admission ticket. Visitors with a day ticket can stay on to experience the zoo by dusk and event ticket holders can enter the zoo from 4pm.

Walk-up entry tickets will be available at the gate.

Buy tickets

Adult (15+ years)$36Free
Child (4-14 years)$20.50Free
Cub (0-3 years)FreeFree
Family (2 adults + 2-3 children)$86.50Free

Frequently asked questions

Yes! The Zoo Shop will be open on every evening for Zoo Nights for all your wildlife-inspired goodies. The Panda Shop will be closed.

Yes! Catering outlets will be open during the evenings. Keep an eye out for more details about locations and offerings soon.

Bamboo Forest (home of the Giant Pandas) will be open until 8.30pm, but Wang Wang and Fu Ni will have access to their night quarters so they might not be visible.

The Nocturnal House will be closed, but the Reptile House and Envirodome will be open on Zoo Nights.

Where can I park?

A number of 4-hour and 10-hour parking spaces are available on Plane Tree Drive. All parking is operated by the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Spaces are limited. We recommend reviewing parking access and pricing here.

Parking is also available nearby at the Wilsons Parking on Frome Road, and street parking on War Memorial Drive.

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. Access parking bays are located along Plane Tree Drive adjacent to Gate 2 on the left hand side. Passengers can be dropped off in our passenger loading and unloading zone, located on the left hand side between Gates 1 and 2.