New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

Celebrate with us!

Along with spectacular views of the Harbour festivities, enjoy an experience of the wild kind, welcome in the New Year at Taronga, and make your new year’s resolutions For the Wild!

Taronga Zoo is renowned as one of the most memorable foreshore venues for New Year’s Eve, offering a unique experience for couples and individuals and a fun, safe and stress-free atmosphere for families.

The family friendly environment allows you to relax and enjoy the festivities and fireworks in the famous Taronga Zoo grounds.  You can bring your own picnic as well as purchase food and drinks on-site.

All proceeds from ticket sales support Taronga’s Conservation work

Choose your ticket type

Taronga offers three outdoor picnic style ticketed areas on NYE:

Diamond Reserve Tickets

Venue: Harbour View Lawns. Gates open 6pm

Cost: $600 per person

Inclusions:

  • Exclusive and best views of Sydney Harbour and Bridge for the fireworks in an intimate area
  • Secure parking on-site or complimentary park and ride service from Spit Junction
  • Live entertainment
  • 1 x Premium food hamper and the choice between 1 x bottle of wine or 4 x beers to share between 2 people
  • FREE same day Zoo entry - Just show your NYE at Taronga ticket at the gates and you will be eligible for free entry. Children under four are free. Please note: All guests must exit the Zoo by 4pm to join the NYE at Taronga line for re-entry at 6:00pm. Valid only for Zoo Entry on the 31st December only. Guests will have access lockers onsite to store items during the day, but please note guests will not be able to ‘pre-reserve’ areas of the lawns during the day, prior to re-entry at 6:00pm.
  • A chance to experience some of Taronga’s wildlife until dark on your NYE trail
  • Zoo gift bag
  • Diamond ticket holders are able to move between all three sections for the entertainment options

 (Additional food and alcohol also available on-site for sale, please note there is no BYO alcohol, glass or sharps)

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Gold Reserve Tickets

Venue: Bird Show Amphitheatre & Condor Lawns. Gates open 6pm

Cost: Adults $300 | Children $195 (4-15 years) | Families $900 (2 x Adults + 2 x Child) | Children three years and under are free

Inclusions:

  • Magnificent views of Sydney Harbour and Bridge for the fireworks
  • Secure parking on-site or complimentary park and ride service to and from Spit Junction
  • Live entertainment
  • FREE same day Zoo entry - Just show your NYE at Taronga ticket at the gates and you will be eligible for free entry. Children under four are free. Please note: All guests must exit the Zoo by 4pm to join the NYE at Taronga line for re-entry at 6:00pm. Valid only for Zoo Entry on the 31st December. Guests will have access lockers onsite to store items during the day, but please note guests will not be able to ‘pre-reserve’ areas of the lawns during the day, prior to re-entry at 6:00pm.
  • A chance to experience some of Taronga’s wildlife until dark on your NYE trail
  • Gold ticket holders are able to move between both Gold and Silver sections for the entertainment options
  • BYO food and non-alcoholic beverages in sealed containers

(Additional food and alcohol also available on-site for sale, please note there is no BYO alcohol, glass or sharps)

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Silver Reserve Tickets

Venue: Concert Lawns. Gates Open 6pm

Cost: Adults $200 | Children $110 | Families $558 (2 x Adults + 2 x Child) | Children three years and under are free

Inclusions:

  • Great views of Sydney Harbour and Bridge for the fireworks
  • Complimentary park and ride service to and from Spit Junction
  • Limited secure parking on-site for an additional fee
  • FREE same day Zoo entry - Just show your NYE at Taronga ticket at the gates and you will be eligible for free entry. Children under four are free. Please note: All guests must exit the Zoo by 4pm to join the NYE at Taronga line for re-entry at 6:00pm. Valid only for Zoo Entry on the 31st December. Guests will have access lockers onsite to store items during the day, but please note guests will not be able to ‘pre-reserve’ areas of the lawns during the day, prior to re-entry at 6:00pm.
  • A chance to experience some of Taronga’s wildlife until dark on your NYE trail
  • Live entertainment
  • BYO food and non-alcoholic beverages in sealed containers

(Additional food and alcohol also available on-site for sale, please note there is no BYO alcohol, glass or sharps)

Please note: This venue may have some obstructed views (the Concert Lawn is quite a large area and some sections may have the view obstructed by trees and branches)

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Hampers

Kick start your New Year’s Eve with a delicious Premium Hamper filled with delicious food & drinks!

Taronga is committed to achieving sustainable outcomes & reducing environmental impacts in key areas such as waste management. As of 2017, we introduced our minimal waste hamper with all the delicious bites packaged inside a re-usable wooden box.

All of our packaging is made out of 100% cornstarch based compostable material. We maintain a separate waste stream that allows all compostable packaging to actually be turned into compost, including our unique 100% compostable food packaging, straws, cutlery, coffee cups and lids sold in our food outlets and cafes.

Download the NYE Hamper Menu

Chillazy Seat Combo or Picnic Blanket

Make your night extra comfortable with an option to purchase a Picnic Blanket or a Chillazy seat combo which includes a pillow!

Dinner in The View Restaurant

Treat yourself and add on dinner in The View Restaurant inclusive of a 4 course dinner & beverage package. Dinner must be purchased in conjunction with either a Gold or Silver in ground ticket.

Overnight Accommodation Add-On

Guests who are attending one of the range of New Years Eve events at Taronga Zoo Sydney have the opportunity to avoid the long trip home and add an overnight stay at the Wildlife Retreat on to their event tickets.Only available in conjunction with a New Year's Eve In Grounds event ticket (Diamond, Silver or Gold) Or a New Year's Eve with Epicure event ticket (Gili Rooftop, N'galawa Terrace or Dalang Ballroom). Parking must be purchased separately.

Parking onsite at Taronga Zoo

Gold reserved tickets include 1 (one) parking space between 4 (four) tickets purchased and Diamond reserved tickets include 1 (one) parking space between 2 (two) tickets purchased. Additional parking onsite at Taronga Zoo can be purchased for $60. Alternatively, Diamond, Gold & Silver tickets also include a complimentary park and ride service to and from Spit Junction.

Please note that this event has a no BYO alcohol policy. Security bag checks will be conducted upon entry into Taronga Zoo. Please allow extra time for this when arriving on the evening. Thank you in advance.

Pre-event information will be emailed prior to New Year’s Eve however, if you have any further queries please contact tarongaevents@zoo.nsw.gov.au

For all your essential NYE planning information including transport, road closures and accessibility please visit https://www.sydneynewyearseve.com/

Useful information

NYE resolutions you can make for the wild!

2020 is just around the corner – can you believe it! There has never been a more important time to consider our impact on the on the planet.

With change in the air what a better time to start fresh. One simple choice can make a world of difference to wildlife.

 

1. Choose the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) eco-label when purchasing sustainable seafood

Almost 90% of the world’s fish stocks are depleted, over-exploited or fished to their limit. Luckily, it is still possible to enjoy a great meal and help protect the oceans at the same time. Choosing MSC ensures that fisheries maintain good management practices, healthy fish stocks & habitats and that fishing community livelihoods are secure.

Make a resolution to choose MSC and you are not only helping to support fisheries that are doing the right thing, but you will also ensure an ocean-friendly future.

 

2. Have a meat-free meal once a week

Most of us love meat but we rarely consider the amount of natural resources and energy that is needed to get the meat from the farm to our plates. Large-scale agricultural farming of livestock has also been found to be a significant contributor to climate change.

Make a resolution to have one (or a few) meat free dishes a week. In fact, a recent global report found that by changing our food habits, we could reduce our carbon emissions by 8 gigatons annually by 2050 - that’s huge!

 

3. Choose tiger friendly products that use sustainable palm oil

If you’ve heard of palm oil, you’ve probably heard it’s bad for the environment. But the truth is it doesn’t have to be. If it’s grown sustainably, palm oil production can benefit local communities, and help to protect valuable species and forests.

Make a resolution to only choose products that use 100% Certified Sustainable Palm Oil.

 

4. Reduce your food waste

Australians throw away over three million tonnes of food each year! By reducing the amount of food waste being sent to landfill you are not only saving money, but you are also helping to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases produced when organic waste decomposes.

Make a resolution to eat more sustainably. You could try taking a shopping list, keeping track of expiry dates, buying seasonal and locally produced food or reducing portion sizes - all of which will take the load off our planet.

Frequently asked questions

Event entry and start time:

For Diamond, Gold and Silver tickets entry is from 6.00pm via the Zoo’s main entrance gate.

 

Ticketed locations:

Diamond Location: Diamond is on the Harbour View Lawn on the western side on the Zoo. Diamond patrons will be given a wristband on entry and are also able to access the Bird Show Amphitheatre (Gold Area) and the Concert Lawns (Silver Area). You will be given a Zoo map on entry.

Gold Location: Gold is in the Bird Show Amphitheatre and Condor Lawns on the western side of the Zoo. Gold patrons will be given a wristband on entry and are also able to access the Concert Lawns (Silver Area). You will be given a Zoo map on entry.

Silver Location: Silver is on the Concert Lawns on the eastern side of the Zoo. You will be given a zoo map and wristband on entry for access only to silver area.

 

Same day Zoo entry:

All NYE at Taronga Diamond, Gold and Silver entry tickets now include FREE same-day Zoo entry - Just show your NYE at Taronga ticket at the gates and you will be eligible for free entry. Children under four are free.

Please note: All guests must exit the Zoo by 4pm to join the NYE at Taronga line for re-entry at 6:00pm. Valid only for Zoo Entry on the 31st December. Guests will have access lockers onsite to store items during the day, but please note guests will not be able to ‘pre-reserve’ areas of the lawns during the day, prior to re-entry at 6:00pm.

 

Parking:

Diamond and Gold ticket holders are entitled to park on-site at Taronga Zoo in the main Zoo car park by using the entrance at the end of Prince Albert Street and junction of Whiting Beach Road.

Silver ticket holders can also purchase a voucher to park on-site for an additional $60 from Moshtix. A number of police roadblocks will be in place around the Zoo and the Sydney Harbour foreshore area and access around these roadblocks will require a Zoo NYE car park ticket. To avoid any issues with road blocks all patrons with a Zoo NYE Car Park Ticket should arrive at the Zoo via Prince Albert Street rather than Bradleys Head Road.

 

Zoo Shuttle Bus:

All ticket holders can access complimentary parking at either Vista Street car park (entry off Vista Street) or Bridgepoint car park (entry off Horden Drive) at Spit Junction (3km from the Zoo). The shuttle bus service to and from the Zoo will pick up guests from the rear of Mosman Council, The Crescent, Mosman and will begin service at 5.00pm. This shuttle bus will continue to do trips to and from the Zoo throughout the evening, leaving regularly from the Main Entrance of the Zoo until approximately 11.30pm, and from the Zoo’s coach parking area at the back of the Zoo from 11:30pm – 1:30am. Please note that your vehicle can remain in either of these car parks until 3.00am at the latest.

Please note: There may be delays upon exit for cars and the shuttle transport to Spit Junction following the midnight firework display due to the heavy volume of traffic to and from the City. We appreciate your understanding.

 

Public transport:

Ferries may not be running in the late afternoon if there is heavy boat traffic. The public bus that meets the ferry at Taronga Wharf up to the Zoo entrance will not be running due to Police road closures and there is no entry from the bottom of the zoo. We advise if patrons are using public transport to catch a bus to the Zoo from Sydney CBD. Visit www.transportnsw.info or call 131500 for up-to-date New Year’s Eve public transport information closer to the date.

 

BYO:

Please note patrons are welcome to bring into the Zoo their own food and non-alcoholic sealed beverages, however, due to licensing laws we cannot allow patrons to BYO alcohol. Bags will be checked on arrival and alcoholic beverages will be confiscated if discovered. Alcohol will be available for sale on site and a price list sent to you closer to the night. Glass is prohibited on site.

 

Food and beverages for sale (subject to change please check the Taronga website for up to date menus):

For the Silver area the following will be for sale; pies, sausage rolls, ice creams, wraps, sandwiches, snacks, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages including beer, wine and sparkling; by the bottle and glass. The Taronga Food Market located near the Diamond and Gold sections will be open to all NYE patrons offering burgers, hot chips, fresh sandwiches, homemade meat pies, sausage rolls, wraps and salads as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

 

Animals on display:

Some animal exhibits will open until 7.30pm. Please check back closer to the event for more detailed information.

 

Weather:

Come prepared for this outdoor event with appropriate weather protection gear as the event will still proceed if it is raining. No refunds are available. Ponchos, coats and hats are preferable to umbrellas. Ponchos can be purchased from the Retail store within the Zoo grounds.

 

Seating:

All areas have picnic grounds which are suitable for picnic rugs and cushions. Low chairs are permitted.

The Silver Reserve area is located on the concert lawns and is suited for picnic-style open seating.

The Gold Reserve area is mainly an amphitheatre style setting with long benches and spectacular views, and limited lawn space.
Diamond guests will be provided with upright chairs to sit on.

 

Wheelchair access:

Gold and Silver areas are accessible by wheelchair and pram. The Diamond area is located past two sets of small stairs.

 

Safety and security:

New Year’s Eve at the Zoo is a family event. For the safety of other guests as well as our resident animals, any guest who is found acting in a socially disruptive manner may be removed from the Zoo grounds at the discretion of Taronga Zoo security and management. All guests are expected to keep alcohol consumption to a socially acceptable standard. Please note: Zoo Management reserve the right to remove from the Zoo premises anyone in a state of intoxication or who serves liquor to a minor.

 

Prohibited items:

The following items are prohibited and not allowed to be brought into the Zoo grounds; alcohol, unsealed bottles, portable BBQs, balloons, candles, sparklers, party poppers, party horns and/or any firework paraphernalia. This is in addition to the Zoo’s standard prohibited items list which can be found on our website.

 

Smoking:

Taronga Zoo is a smoke-free site. Smoking is prohibited in all zoo buildings, vehicles and outdoor areas. Guests who wish to smoke need to exit the zoo via the main entrance where there is a designated smoking area for NYE at Taronga. We request that guests dispose of their cigarette butts responsibly.

 

Glass and litter:

Guests are encouraged to avoid bringing glass to the Zoo. Please use the bins provided and recycle where possible or take your rubbish with you. We encourage guests to bring reusable water bottles, and picnic cutlery and crockery where possible. 

New Year's Eve at Taronga Zoo Sydney
New Year's Eve at Taronga Zoo Sydney
New Year's Eve at Taronga Zoo Sydney
New Year's Eve at Taronga Zoo Sydney
Diamond section, New Year's Eve at Taronga Zoo Sydney
Diamond section, New Year's Eve at Taronga Zoo Sydney
Gold section, New Year's Eve at Taronga Zoo Sydney
Gold section, New Year's Eve at Taronga Zoo Sydney
Silver section, New Year's Eve at Taronga Zoo Sydney
Silver section, New Year's Eve at Taronga Zoo Sydney
Guests can also enjoy the QBE Free Flight Bird Show during the day
Guests can also enjoy the QBE Free Flight Bird Show during the day