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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.
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).
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.
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?
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.