Be a Light for the Wild at Taronga Zoo’s Vivid Sydney

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An illumined trail of giant animal lanterns and captivating light installations is yours to discover at Taronga Zoo Sydney’s Lights for the Wild. As the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, Vivid Sydney and Taronga Zoo have an incredible experience awaiting Sydney-siders in 2022. 


If you’ve never done Vivid at Taronga (or even if you’ve done it every year!), you don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to experience the zoo after dark in 2022. It is a truly magical experience, interwoven with a very powerful message about wildlife conservation and how we can all become a shining light for the wild.

What’s new in 2022?

Along with festival-favourite animal lanterns from 14 different captivating species, from enchanting echidnas to a magnificent lion pride, Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild has introduced three new immersive and inclusive pieces contributed by inaugural access and inclusion partner Cushman & Wakefield. Connecting wildlife of the land, of the sky and of the sea the collection has three, never seen before, purpose-built, inclusive installations:

  • The Imaginasium: an incredible dome-shaped sculpture designed by Sydney-based visual artist Digby Webster
  • Up, Up and Away: three, 6.5-meter-tall wing installations; and
  • Twist It: A 4m tall, towering tornado centrepiece.

There are also a number of new lanterns to enjoy under the theme “Where Nature Shines’, inspired by all creatures big and small:

  • A captivating and motion-activated bee and cicada
  • Breathtaking butterfly and
  • The iridescent ‘Jellyfish Bloom’, which shines a light on the planet’s precious marine life.

Many of the old favourites are back, with new installations to check out

How long does the light walk take?

The light walk will take approximately 1 to 1.5 hours at a comfortable pace. The path is clearly marked out and structured, and there are volunteers along the way to keep you on track and answer any questions. Check out these tips on keeping your child safe at Vivid.

If you’ve got a toddler, definitely take the pram! As much as they might like to walk, late nights and tired legs can all get a bit too much, so it’s good to have the option. And even if they don’t go in it much, they’re always handing for storing essentials!

What should you wear?

Go for comfort, not style (or combine the two, if you’re clever like that!). Wear flat shoes and warm clothes – layers are always a good idea.

What about dinner?

The normal food and beverage outlets are open, as well as additional Vivid-only food and beverage pop-ups. These locations will be marked on the Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo map which can be collected upon arrival. Otherwise, pack a picnic dinner and eat it along the route!

What happens if it rains?

The event will proceed rain or shine. If rain is forecast, come prepared with wet weather gear, raincoats and ponchos and something waterproof to sit on in case of rain. But if you get caught unprepared, ponchos and umbrellas can be purchased from the Zoo’s retail outlets.

Can you ride the Sky Safari?

Get a bird’s eye view of the lights! As an exclusive add on to Wild Lights, guests can choose to embark on a one-of-a-kind aerial journey by taking a ride on Taronga Zoo’s iconic Sky Safari – Sydney’s only cable car which takes in Sydney Harbour in all its Vivid glory.

Can you stay overnight?

In a first for Taronga Zoo, guests to Wild Lights will be able to immerse themselves with an overnight stay at the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga for a truly illuminating and holistic experience. Nestled within the ground of Taronga Zoo on Cammeraygal Country, the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga is a unique eco-retreat that enables guests to build everlasting connections with Australian wildlife.

To celebrate the return of Vivid Sydney, all guests to the Wildlife Retreat at Taronga will be treated to private wildlife lanterns, as well as live performances from Indigenous artists in the N’Gurra Lounge while a special Vivid Package will give guests VIP access to Wild Lights, a welcome gift and an illuminative Vivid cocktail to be enjoyed on arrival.

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. Details.

What’s the best way to get there?

The car park is $9.00 for guests entering after 4.00pm. 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.

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 to Circular Quay and bus services to Spit Junction will be running from the zoo during Vivid. Visit www.transportnsw.info or call 131500 for up-to-date information and timetables, or download the Vivid ferry timetable now.

Tickets

Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo is open from Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June 2022, Wednesday to Sunday evenings with two ticketed entry times at 5.30 pm and 7.30pm. Wild Lights at Taronga Zoo will also be open on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, Monday 13 June. For more information visit: taronga.org.au/vividsydney

Prices

  • Adults: $26.95
  • Children (4-15 years): $19.95
  • Under 4: Free

But don’t delay! This event is hugely popular and always sells out every year, so get your tickets today to experience Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo! Click here for more information or to buy tickets!


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