Sydney Zoo – GLOW

If you’ve ever been to Vivid, which is held in Sydney each year, you’ll love GLOW, which is currently running at Sydney Zoo from 13th May – 18th June 2022. Yes, you don’t have the amazing backdrop of the Harbour Bridge or the Opera House, but you also don’t have the 50,000 other people pushing past you!

There is so much to see and the kids can be really interactive so they will love it. And yes, the big kids loved it too! This is said to be the biggest and brightest light festival in Western Sydney, with over 50 light sculptures, a 12 meter twinkling light tunnel and plenty of other attractions.

Included in the ticket price, every child receives a UV torch and map so they can join in the Secret UV Safari trail of hidden animals and artwork.

Whilst you are walking through parts of the zoo, most animals were in darkness and you could not see them, although we did see a few kangaroos feeding along the way. However, you can walk through Australia’s largest reptile house and see the reptiles including a glowing UV scorpion.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

KIIS Eye Ferris Wheel

After you’ve wandered around on ground level, for $8 you can enjoy the view from above on the ferris wheel.

GLOW Ice Rink

Tickets $20 per session.

Glowy Golf by Carnival Cruise Line

Test out your Putt Putt golf skills on this fun course.

Ochre Face Painting

Painted by Aboriginal guides using glowing ochre.

There are lots of other cool interactive activities like the drums which activates a colour and light show, Kinetic Swing which gets brighter the higher you swing, the Neon Garden and Trumpet Flowers which light up and play music as you interact with them.

Of course if you want to grab a feed they have some food trucks there including the amazing BlackBear BBQ and even the 4 Pines Bar, plus glow in the dark fairy gloss and glowing lightbulb drinks.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Runs from 5:30pm – 9:30pm each night from 13 May – 18 June 2022
They do try to stagger the entry so when purchasing your ticket you book in for entry at 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30pm.

Adult (16+ years)
$25 ($30 at gate)

Child (3-15 years)
$25 ($30 at gate)

Infant (0-2 years)
FREE

Don’t forget if you haven’t yet used your Service NSW Discover vouchers, you’ll get entry for FREE if you redeem one.

Sydney Zoo
700 Great Western Highway, Bungarribee

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Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo

All the Sydney-siders would know that Sydney recently held the ‘Vivid’ festival, but for those of you who are not aware of what this is, let us explain.

So what is Vivid Sydney all about?  Vivid Sydney is a festival of light, music and ideas which runs for close to a month every year.  It’s a free event featuring creative displays of light, sculptures, installations and music.  These light displays and pictures are projected on to various buildings around the city, including the famous Opera House. Most would have to say that the display on the Opera House is the highlight of Vivid. I guess you could describe the event as a huge outdoor ‘art gallery’.  Vivid Sydney has been running for a number of years now and it’s a very popular event for locals and tourists alike.

Every few years we brave the crowds and head in to the city to see Vivid, last time we even did a dinner cruise to view it from the harbour. This year we thought we’d try something different and purchased tickets to see Vivid at Taronga Zoo and it was amazing.

dsc_0301What happens at Vivid at Taronga Zoo?  Now this is another experience altogether. With incredible giant animal sculptures scattered throughout the zoo, this is truly a great experience.  Add in the incredible views back towards the lights of the city and it’s a breathtaking experience.

Unlike the Vivid displays in the city, you do need to purchase a ticket to visit the Zoo, but we think it was worth it.  It’s a totally different experience and, as the ticket numbers are limited and you are limited to a certain time slot, it isn’t as crowded as the city.

As you arrive at the Zoo you are greeted with amazing pictures projected onto Taronga’s heritage-listed main entrance.  From here you are issued with your interactive wristband and head down the illuminated trail that winds its way through the grounds of Taronga Zoo.  Every so often there is a huge light sculpture of one of the zoo animals.

The great thing about this event is that proceeds from all tickets go directly back to Taronga Zoo’s work in conservation and wildlife care.

Below are just a few of the photos we took at this year’s Vivid at Taronga Zoo.