After the animals have retired to their night quarters for the evening, the lights of Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo will take centre stage. During your visit, you will explore an illuminated trail of ten giant interactive animal light sculptures representing the ten critical species from Australia and Sumatra that Taronga is committed to protecting. As well as exciting new additions to the experience that will surprise and delight.

In a Vivid first, Lights For The Wild at Taronga Zoo will be a fully interactive event where you will become part of the experience. An interactive wristband will be included in the cost of entry for each guest allowing guests to literally become a Light For the Wild. Throughout your journey you will have the opportunity to help make a difference and support these precious species.

Purchasing tickets

To guarantee entry to Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo, ensure you pre-purchase your tickets online. Tickets are limited each evening, so we recommend to pre-book to avoid any disappointment.  There are two session times: 5.30pm-7.30pm and 7.30pm-9.30pm. Taronga Zoo is not-for-profit. Every Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo ticket and purchase will help make a real difference in supporting wildlife conservation. Your ticket counts.

What is the Blue Pass Ticket?

Each night there will be a limited allocation of Blue Pass tickets that include a round trip on Taronga's Sky Safari cable car experience. See the zoo like never before and gain a truly unique perspective of Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo!

Can I exchange my ticket due to wet weather?

Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo will proceed rain or shine. The lanterns look amazing in the rain and the atmosphere is magical with the mist. We strongly recommend you come prepared with wet weather gear. Ponchos and umbrellas are also available to purchase at the Zoo’s retail outlets. If you wish to exchange your ticket due to wet weather, please contact Moshtix on 1300 438 849. Please note due to heavy weekend bookings, tickets can only be exchanged for dates on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, not including Public Holiday Monday (13 June) pending availability.

Getting there

Your Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo journey begins at Taronga Zoo’s main entrance on Bradley’s Head Road. There will be no entry to the light walk at Taronga Zoo via the lower entrance or Sky Safari Cable Car.

You can arrive by:

  • Car – Park in Taronga Zoo’s car park.

Day Guests (enter before 4pm)

ALL DAY Flat Rate

Taronga Zoo Friends

First 90 minutes





Evening Guests (enter after 4pm)




Overnight Guests




Lost Ticket $18
Weekly Pass $35


  • Bus – Catch a bus to Taronga Zoo from Spit Junction.
  • Ferry – From the city. Please note the last ferry to the city will depart Taronga Zoo wharf at 10pm.

Visit call 131500 for up-to-date information and timetables. Please be respectful of our animals and neighbours when entering and leaving Taronga Zoo by being mindful of noise.

Please be aware that random back checks may be conducted upon entry.

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Opening hours

Taronga Zoo Sydney closes at 4:30pm to day guests. There are two session times for Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo every night of Vivid from Friday 26 May to Saturday 17 June. Last entry is at 8.30pm. Your Lights For The Wild experience should take approximately 1.5 hrs however we encourage you to enjoy it at your own pace. We ask session one guests to be mindful that the session following yours may be sold out. 

5:30pm - 7:30pm

7.30pm - 9.30pm         

Getting around and accessibility

Taronga Zoo contains 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. The light walk will take approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours at a comfortable pace. Taronga Zoo is an accessible site, however, does contain some steep slopes. Please contact us if you may require assistance. For full information on accessibility at Taronga Zoo, please follow this link.

Download your Vivid Sydney At Taronga Zoo map here

Where to eat

Food and beverage outlets will be open at Taronga Zoo during the evening, as will Taronga Zoo's retail outlets to purchase keepsakes and other wildlife memorabilia. As Taronga Zoo is a non-profit organisation, every ticket and purchase helps support Taronga Zoo's wildlife conservation efforts.

Dinner At The View

This year, for the first time guests can enjoy a VIP two course dinner in an underwater themed light show at The View Restaurant at Taronga Zoo. This is open to all guests of Vivid at Taronga from Thursday to Sunday. Find out more.

Same day Zoo admission

Would you like to enjoy the Zoo by day before your evening Vivid experience? If you forgot to add this to your Vivid ticket purchase online, you can buy your Zoo day entry tickets at the Zoo ticket desk on arrival to enjoy a 30% discount off General Admission prices* 

Please note: Taronga Zoo closes at 4.30pm and Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo commences at 5.30pm. If you are staying on you will be asked to come up to the main entry plaza to get ready for the beginning of your Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo experience.

The Zoo Admission ticket is only valid for use on the same day as your Vivid ticket.

*Not valid with any other discounts and only available on presentation of your pre-purchased Vivid tickets at the ticket desk. 


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 retail outlets.

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

The focus of Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo will be around the illuminated trail of ten giant animal multimedia light sculptures, representing ten critical species from Australia and Sumatra that Taronga Zoo is committed to protecting as well as other feature installations.

Thanks to Ample Projects, captivating creatures ranging from the magnificent Asian Elephant to the vividly coloured Corroboree Frog will sparkle at night to inspire you to support Taronga Zoo's efforts to create a shared future for wildlife and people. Learn more about Taronga Zoo's 10 Centenary Species and how you can help.

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

Taronga Zoo’s first concern is always the welfare of the remarkable animals in its care. Fortunately Taronga Zoo has more than 20 years experience in successfully hosting after hours events, including New Year’s Eve and the Twilight at Taronga Zoo concerts. Keepers constantly monitor the animals for these events, but there has never been a problem. The locations of the lanterns and light sculptures have been carefully chosen to focus on public areas rather than animal exhibits. Taronga Zoo’s animals also have access to the comfort and shelter of their night quarters and inside areas, but it’s not uncommon for certain animals to choose to remain outside during night events.

Taronga is commited to recylcling

The interactive wristbands are fully recyclable however they need to be sent to a specific facility for this to happen. Show you are a Light For The Wild and recycle your interactive wristband on your way out tonight! There is a dedicated bin in the top plaza and the location can be found on this map. 

Your ticket counts

Taronga Zoo is a non-profit organisation. Every Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo ticket and purchase will help the Zoo present this remarkable light experience and will help to make a real difference to the conservation, research, and education work at Taronga Zoo - so again, thank you for your support. Your ticket counts.

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Still have a question? Please contact us on (02) 9969 2777