Wild Lights

Wild Lights

Wild Lights

Where nature shines… let there be light! Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo is back as a Vivid Sydney location for 2022 and will be brighter and more colourful than ever before with an array of wild, inclusive and awe-inspiring installations.

Purchase your tickets to Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo to celebrate Vivid Sydney via Moshtix.

About the event

Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo, is an immersive and inspiring experience where guests can explore the Zoo after dark on an illuminated night walk, all whilst connecting with wildlife and conservation.

Wild Lights showcases a shared planet under the theme “Where Nature Shines” connecting wildlife of the land, of the sky and of the sea with three, never seen before, purpose-built, inclusive installations contributed by inaugural access and inclusion partner Cushman & Wakefield. They join installations and light sculptures from the renowned Ample Projects Mini Beasts collection and the breathtakingly beautiful Jellyfish Bloom. Discover over 70 festival-favourite lanterns from 14 captivating species as you explore this roar-some after-dark experience and take in the best views of Sydney Harbour – all at the same time.

When

Running from Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June 2022.

Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as public holiday Monday 13 June.

Session 1: entry from 5.30pm

Session 2: entry from 7.30pm

*Start times only, approximately a 2-hour experience. Last entry from 8.30pm.

Where

Taronga Zoo Sydney, Bradleys Head Rd Mosman NSW 2088.

Read more about getting to this event.

Tickets

Adult (16 years and over)$26.95
Child (4 to 16 years)$19.95
Concession $24.26
Infant (under 4 years)FREE

Tickets sold via Moshtix.

Your ticket has the power to save wildlife. Taronga is a not-for-profit organisation. Every dollar you spend at Taronga goes directly back into the support, care and protection of wildlife.

For all ticket enquiries including purchasing over the phone / Tickets weren’t received / I can no longer attend and want a refund or exchange – please visit Moshtix Support.

Food and beverage

Food and beverage outlets will be open around Taronga Zoo Sydney during the evening, showcasing the exciting NEW Wild Lights menu featuring a donut bar, rainbow mousse desserts, churros, sweet & savoury Toasties, fairy floss, colour changing noodles, food trucks and much more. Plus, pop in for a drink in any of our 2 licenced venues across the zoo.

These locations will be marked on the Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo map which can be collected upon arrival.

Sky Pass

Fly sky-high above the Vivid light walk with a Sky Pass ticket. Sky Pass holders will have access to the Taronga Zoo Sydney Sky Safari cable car to view the Zoo from above and get a unique perspective of Wild Lights.

Price: $4.95 per person (spaces are limited, infants under 4 years of age go free).

Gorilla lanterns at Taronga Zoo Sydney during Vivid Sydney
Gorilla lanterns at Taronga Zoo Sydney during Vivid Sydney
Water Dragon lanterns at Taronga Zoo Sydney during Vivid Sydney
Water Dragon lanterns at Taronga Zoo Sydney during Vivid Sydney
Corroboree Frog lantern at Taronga Zoo Sydney during Vivid Sydney
Corroboree Frog lantern at Taronga Zoo Sydney during Vivid Sydney

Stay overnight

To celebrate the return of Vivid, the Wildlife Retreat will be hosting specialty wildlife lighting, indigenous artists performing live in N'Gurra Lounge and a very special Vivid add on package that can be added to your booking from $109 per person. 

Read more about staying overnight at the Retreat.

Harbour View Room at the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga.
Harbour View Room at the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga.

Frequently asked questions

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets can be purchased through Moshtix and will be on sale from Thursday 24 March at 11am.

Can I buy tickets at the Zoo on the night?

Tickets can be purchased at the Zoo on the night, unless sold out prior. We recommend you pre-book online to guarantee entry and avoid disappointment.

What is the Sky Pass?

As part of Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo, there are also a limited number of Sky Pass experiences available each night. The Sky Pass is an optional add on featuring a round trip on the Sky Safari cable car, giving visitors an exclusive bird’s eye view of the light walk and illuminated city skyline.

You can add the Sky Pass to your online ticket purchase via Moshtix for $4.95 per person (spaces are limited).

Does a Vivid ticket give me entry to the Zoo during the day?

Your Wild Lights ticket grants access to the night time Vivid event only, commencing at 5.30pm or 7.30pm. You can combine your Vivid experience with a day at the Zoo by adding a Zoo admission ticket to your Vivid booking online.

Please note: all visitors must exit the Zoo by 4.30pm each day and re-enter when Wild Lights opens at 5.30pm.

I purchased tickets but can no longer attend – can I give my tickets to a friend?

Yes, tickets aren’t tied to the purchaser’s name.

What is the refund policy for Wild Lights at Taronga tickets?

Tickets to the event are non-refundable, unless the event is cancelled by the organiser, Taronga Zoo Sydney.

Should you be unable to attend your session, tickets can be transferred to another session pending ticket availability.

Please contact Moshtix Support for any ticket exchange requests.

Am I able to use my Discover Voucher or Parents Vouchers for Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo?

Yes! You are able to use these vouchers for Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo. When you visit the Moshtix ticketing page to purchase your ticket, you will see options to apply either a Discover Voucher or a Parent Voucher to certain ticket type, which automatically deducts the amount from your ticket.

Upon arrival, please see the box office to have your Parent NSW Voucher scanned and in return you will receive your Wild Lights at Taronga tickets.

What time does Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo open?

Taronga Zoo Sydney closes at 4.30pm to day visitors. Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo is then open from 5.30pm - 9.30pm every night of Vivid from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June. Last entry is at 8.30pm.

How long does the light walk take?

The light walk will take approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours at a comfortable pace.

Is the Zoo an accessible site?

Taronga Zoo is an accessible site, but it does contain some steep slopes and the light walk is no exception. To get the most out of your experience, comfortable shoes and attire are highly recommended. Please contact us if you may require assistance.

Read more about accessibility at Taronga Zoo Sydney.

Will there be places to eat?

Yes, food and beverage outlets will be open at Taronga Zoo during the evening, as well as some very exciting NEW Vivid-only food and beverage specials on the menus. These locations will be marked on the special Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo map. Taronga is a non-profit organisation and purchase helps support our wildlife conservation efforts.

What happens if it rains?

As an outdoor event, Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo is subject to weather. Please note the event will proceed rain or shine. We strongly recommend you come prepared with wet weather gear, raincoats and ponchos and something waterproof to sit on in case of rain. Ponchos and umbrellas are available to purchase at the Zoo’s retail outlets.

Can I stay overnight at the Zoo as part of my Vivid experience?

Yes! Make your Wild Lights experience even more magical and experience the ultimate night out by adding a stay at the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga.

Read more about staying overnight at the Retreat.

How will the animals respond to the light sculptures and extended opening hours during Vivid Sydney?

Rest assured that Taronga’s first priority and concern is always the welfare of the remarkable animals in our care. The locations of the lanterns and light sculptures for Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo have been carefully chosen to focus on public areas rather than animal exhibits.

Taronga’s animals also have access to the comfort and shelter of their night dens and inside areas, but it’s not uncommon for certain animals to choose to remain outside during night events.

Planning has included detailed assessments from keepers, veterinarians and behavioural studies experts to ensure that the event will not be problematic for our animals. Additional keepers that are very familiar with the behaviours of all our animals will work later shifts to monitor them.

The actual lighting within the zoo is largely based on softly glowing lanterns, not an intense lighting display. These lanterns will gradually be switched on in late afternoons so that our animals can become accustomed to them.

Will visitors get to see animals during Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo?

The focus of Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo will be on the amazing light sculptures and lanterns, along with Taronga’s spectacular harbour and skyline views.

After the animals have retired to their night quarters for the evening, the lights of Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo will take centre stage.

How you can help

Here are our tips to help reduce the impact of our collective footprint on the wild creatures that we share this planet with:

  1. Reuse your own – raid your cupboards for any fun, flashing items (such as light wands) you have already purchased and bring them along. Most will have batteries that can easily be changed to bring it back to life!
  2. BYO Bottle - We are promoting the use of reusable bottles and provide free water refill stations, which will be available for you. Please remember to bring an empty reusable bottle with you through security. Refer to map for location.
  3. No Glow - Whilst they might shine bright for a night, unfortunately glow sticks cannot be recycled. Why not try wearing bright, neon coloured clothing instead?

Transport

How do I get to the Zoo at night?

There are lots of transport options available for visitors to Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo.

By car

You can drive and park at the Zoo. For guests entering after 4.30pm, parking will be discounted to half price. Keep in mind that parking can get busy, so allow plenty of extra travel time particularly if you're visiting on a weeknight as traffic can be heavy on the roads approaching the zoo. Ticketholders are encouraged to consider catching public transport to avoid traffic and parking delays. 

By bus or ferry

The Zoo is located 12 minutes from Circular Quay by ferry or a short bus trip from the city or North Sydney. Additional ferry services between Circular Quay and Taronga Zoo, as well as extra bus services will be running during Vivid.

Visit the Transport NSW website for more details and to plan your trip. 

How do I get from the wharf to the Zoo's top entrance?

There will be regular bus services to transport visitors from the wharf to the Zoo’s top entrance. Please note there will be no entry via the Zoo’s lower entrance or Sky Safari cable car.

Is the bus a free shuttle service?

Buses between Taronga Zoo Wharf and the Zoo top gate are regular route bus services, so please ensure you have your Opal card or a debit/credit card ready to tap on and off services. For more information on fares the Transport NSW website.

Can I take the Sky Safari from the lower (ferry) entrance?

No, during Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo, the Sky Safari only offers round trips from the Zoo’s top entrance. Access to the Sky Safari is only available to Sky Pass ticket holders.

You can add a Sky Pass to your Wild Lights ticket at the time of booking via Moshtix for $4.95 per person (spaces are limited).

How much does parking cost?

For guests entering after 4.30pm, parking will be discounted to half price. For guests entering prior to 4pm, the parking is a flat rate of $22 for the whole day, or free if entering and exiting within 90 minutes.

Please note: there is no 90-minute grace period after 4pm.