Fantastic views of Sydney, great music, dinner with friends on the lawns at the zoo - that's Twilight at Taronga's outdoor summer Concert Series under the stars. Now in its 20th year, it has had a makeover with Ken Done, a regular twilighter, providing his unique artwork that is bright and bold.
Seventeen concerts taking place over Friday and Saturday nights that include a great lineup of entertainers from Ross Wilson (Mr Eagle Rock - who can forget that classic) and Mental as Anything to Sarah Blasko and the James Morrison Big Band. Fan favourite Bjorn Again is back again and Anthony Callea will present George Michael songs that will likely get people up and dancing on Valentine's Day. Full list of acts is on the website.
Tickets are on sale now and selling fast with a couple of shows already sold out. Get in early so you're not disappointed. Public transport on trains, buses and ferries is included in the ticket price. You can also add a gourmet hamper or bring your own picnic. Other options onsite include burgers and burritos, salads, baguettes and baked treats. No BYO alcohol but Taronga is a licensed venue with a full service bar. Enjoy a wine or a beer, cider or champagne.
If you want to take in all the zoo has to offer make a day of it and get entry from 2pm for half price ($23 per adult). There's over 4,000 animals to see with keeper talks and shows. Maybe hold an owl on your wrist or learn about dinosaurs, get up close with koalas and kangaroos.
A couple of hotels, QT Sydney and Rydges North Sydney, are offering accommodation packages that include breakfast and concert tickets. So if you're celebrating a birthday or anniversary, you're from out of town or simply don't want to travel home afterwards then these packages may be for you.
Furthermore concertgoers, profits from this Concert Series are going to a good cause. You're making a valuable contribution to conservation and the preservation of our wildlife. Taronga's website also has an app called Wildlife Witness that you can download through iTunes. It is for reporting any incidents you come across on your travels where you spot poaching and smuggling of animals both in Australia and overseas.