I bet you may not know that Adelaide Zoo is Australia’s second oldest zoo and was opened to the public in 1883 !

The zoo retains many of its original buildings, garden design and features, some of which are state heritage listed places and over so many years the Zoo has evolved to be one of Adelaide’s most iconic attractions and Australia’s only metropolitan Zoo.

If you have not ventured to Adelaide Zoo in a while then you MUST put it on your to do list. Adelaide Zoo is home to more than 2,500 animals and 250 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish including our famous Giant Pandas Wang Wang and Fu Ni. It’s a truly interactive experience with plenty of chances to get up close and personal with the animals as well as the fantastic Adelaide Zoo App which is just like having a virtual animal keeper in your hand acting as a personal tour guide during your visit to Adelaide Zoo. The app provids an interactive map featuring information about the zoo, its animals and conservation work at the touch of a button.
You can also join one of Adelaide Zoo’s free walking tours which depart on the hour from 10am until 3pm at our Tour Meeting Point, adjacent the main entrance.

There are two onsite food options. Wisteria Restaurant is open 9am-4:30pm daily and offers a range of tasty treats, small bites and hot meals and Fig Tree Cafe is located in the centre of the zoo and great for quick snacks and lunch options.

Set aside a whole day of exploring, discovery and lot of fun. It can be a long day with travel, walking and lots of sightseeing so pack extra snacks, water and sunscreen as there is something around every corner to see and do, the kids won’t want to leave.

If up close and personal is your style there are some fantastic animal experiences available for kids of all ages. You could experience the thrill of hand feeding The Giant Pandas, helping hippos with their daily mouth check , feed squirrel monkeys or even inspect an insect (a great one for the under 6s). Many of the Interactive experiences require a booking and may occur an additional fee and all details to plan ahead can be found on their website 

If the animals seem to be on a nap schedule, it’s time to hit Nature’s Playground

Have fun with nature inspired play equipment suitable for all abilities. The new play space is a wonderful environment where visitors of all ages can let their imaginations run wild, have fun, challenge themselves and explore the natural world.

The Variety Children’s Zoo opened in late September 2019 and is located right near Nature’s Playground and Wisteria Café you can grab a coffee while the kids learn, explore and meet some new animal friends. Complete with areas for children of all abilities to play and explore, everywhere you look something wild is happening: above you? Goats trot overhead. Under your feet? Keep an eye out for the gorgeous brood of friendly chickens and their musical instruments!
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The Adelaide Zoo also boasts beautiful landscaping to offer picture perfect gardens and grounds to have picnics or lay in the sun and enjoy your Zoo Experience.

Kids in Adelaide Top Tips for visiting Adelaide Zoo

  • Bring lots of snacks and water. Be ready for a long exciting day
  • Hats and sunscreen are a must. Most of the zoo is outdoors.
  • Adelaide Zoo is very pram friendly and they also have Zoobarus ( available for hire for $15.
  • Download the Adelaide Zoo app before you go > www.adelaidezoo.com.au/app
  • Check the daily schedule for the day you visit to make sure you don’t miss any of the animal presentations or meet the keeper experiences. > www.adelaidezoo.com.au/meet-the-keeper
  • If you’re interested in an animal encounter book before you go, they often sell out.
  • Make sure you check out the Flying Colours Free-flight experience on at 11:30am daily on the lawn. It’s a great time and location to sit and eat your lunch.

Members – free
Child (4-15) $19.50
Adult (15+) $35.00There’s also a combination of passes you can buy (eg. 2 adults or adults, plus one) so check out the website for more information on prices

Upcoming Events at Adelaide Zoo

Open 9am -5:30pm every day of the year (including Christmas!)
Frome Road, Adelaide

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and to ensure the safety of staff, visitors and animals, a date-specific ticket or reservation will be required for all visitors whether you’re a current Zoos SA member, have purchased an entry ticket previously, have a voucher (purchased directly from us or via third-party provider) or are a new ticket purchaser. Date specific tickets and reservations will help us to manage our capacity requirements. These tickets can be booked up to 3 months in advance.

For more information and to book tickets online visit

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  • Hand feed Giant Pandas, Wang Wang and Fu Ni, get up close to meerkats as they run across your lap in search of treats, help feed the Little Penguins or experience a day in the life of a Zoo Keeper… plus so much more! Get within a whisker of some of the world’s most awe-inspiring animals with a behind the scenes Animal Experience at Adelaide Zoo. With a wide range of experiences available for all ages and budgets, there’s something for everyone. Book your tickets or purchase a gift voucher online today and discover more experiences at www.adelaidezoo.com.au/animal-experiences

  • The Variety Children’s Zoo is an amazing play space for kids filled with interactive areas that allow them to get closer than ever to some of the zoo’s most popular residents. Located right next to the Nature’s Playground and Wisteria Café you can grab a coffee while the kids learn, explore and meet some new animal friends. Complete with areas for children of all abilities to play and explore you can get up close and personal with goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and many other animals! This is a great time to get unlimited visits to this fantastic new family favourite with a Zoos SA membership! Receive unlimited visits to Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park plus discounts at the retail shops and cafes. For more info visit the Adelaide Zoo websiteadelaidezoo.com.au/childrens-zoo

  • A to Zoo Storytime is a free fun-filled 30 min program running Monday through to Thursday during weeks 2-9 of school terms on the Central Lawns. Your little ones will hear a story, sing a song and visit an animal exhibit with a different theme each week! Please note, these events are different to the standard A to Zoo program. Zoo entry fees apply but no additional booking is required. Monday to Thursday sessions repeat the same book each day in a given week. Sessions may be cancelled at short notice.  Program details: Available Mondays through to Thursdays during weeks 2-9 of school terms10am-10:30am (30 min)Meet at the Central LawnsSuitable for 2-4 year olds, although older participants can attendDifferent animal to discover each weekFree for Zoos SA members and included with Zoo entry (children under 4 enter for free) If you are not a member yet, this is a great opportunity to make use of unlimited free visits to the Zoo!Click here to find out more about becoming a member. Visit www.adelaidezoo.com.au/event/atozoo to find out more!

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