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New Year's Eve @ Taronga Zoo

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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
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So, you want a great vantage point for the fireworks this New Year's Eve but you're tired of the battle for good places, the wait that lasts for hours and the revellers who've drunk far too much by the time the fireworks begin. Surround yourself with animals of a different kind this New Year's Eve and let the four legged, feathered and furred variety keep you company at the family-friendly New Year's Eve 2011 @ Taronga Zoo.

New Year's Eve Fireworks - image from Taronga Zoo website

This unique event is organised by the Taronga Foundation, whose main aim is to raise funds for the critical work of the zoo - conservation, education and research. So you'll be enjoying the fireworks, the animals and the scenery, and contributing to the valuable work of the zoo at the same time.

Zoo gates will open at 6 pm and regardless of which ticket package you choose, you will have the opportunity to view some of the animal exhibits until dark. BYO blankets, food and non-alcoholic beverages for a perfect picnic dinner framed by a harbour sunset then settle in for the fireworks spectacular. Please note that licensing laws prohibit BYO alcohol but alcoholic beverages will be on sale.

Diamond Reserve Tickets are already sold out, but there is capacity for another 2000 people spread between the Bird Show Amphitheatre, Condor Lawns, and the Concert Lawns.

Elephants at Taronga Zoo

Ticketing Details

Gold Reserve
Cost: Adults $265; Children 4-16 $165; Children under 4 Free; Family (2 adults and 2 children) $740.
Venue: Bird Show Amphitheatre and Condor Lawns
Benefits: Secure on-site parking or park-and-ride from Spit Junction; entertainment by jazz quartet; white wine, red wine, sparkling wine and beer on sale; fantastic views of Sydney Harbour and fireworks.

Silver Reserve
Cost: Adults $165; Children 4-16 $95; Children under 4 Free; Family (2 adults and 2 children) $450.
Venue: Concert Lawns
Benefits: Park-and-ride from Spit Junction or limited on-site parking for $50; entertainment by Liam Burrows, Swing City Band and Swing Dancers; white wine, red wine, sparkling wine and beer on sale; good views of Sydney Harbour and fireworks (some restricted views).

Zoo Parents, Zoo Friends and Corporate Partners receive a 10% discount on all tickets. Tickets are on sale now and are available through Ticketek here

Meerkat at Taronga Zoo

You can find further details and download transport information, a venue map, and an alcoholic beverage menu here.

Apart from attending New Year's Eve @ Taronga Zoo there are many ways you can help the Zoo in its important work. You can Adopt an Animal and become a Zoo Parent from only $48 per year. In a special Christmas promotion if you adopt before 30 November you will be in the draw for a Taronga Gift Hamper worth more than $200. You can also volunteer, or become a Zoo Friend.

Lion at Taronga Zoo

Make your New Year more than just good resolutions. Enjoy the fireworks, the surrounds and the human and animal company, and support the good work of Taronga Zoo.
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Why? Experience Feathers, Fur, Fins and Fireworks
When: New Year's Eve 2011 from 6 pm
Where: Taronga Zoo
Cost: Varies - see article for details.
What an interesting, thorough and informative article. Thank you for posting this. Unfortunately, the cost does seem a little bit too expensive for a university student. Maybe one day! Do they do this every year?
By Maz Serena Rockers - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 2nd of November @ 12:36 pm
Hi Maz. Thanks for your comments. I'm not sure if this happens every year - I stumbled on this by accident. Yes - the cost probably makes this one a once-in-a-lifetime event, but I'm sure it will be fabulous.
By Geraldine Massey - senior reviewer
Thursday, 3rd of November @ 11:43 pm
I had some friends attend a few years back (2009) and they expressed it was a bit of a disappointment. E.g. value for money.
By Anonymous
Friday, 30th of December @ 02:54 am
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