GLOW at Sydney Zoo

Over three weeks, Sydney Zoo will be lit up with stunning immersive activations, illuminated animals, glow-in-the-dark golf and a pop-up bar.
Ben Hansen and Nishika Sharma
Published on May 08, 2024


While Vivid's annual celebrations will be taking over Circular Quay and Tumbalong Park in May, Western Sydney residents who don't want to battle the public transport and huge crowds can rejoice — Sydney Zoo's festival of lights is returning for its third annual instalment — and its set to be the biggest iteration yet. Glow will take over the Eastern Creek zoo between Friday, May 10 and Saturday, June 15 with a plethora of light installations and activations.

Each night between 5.30–10pm, patrons can wander the zoo and discover its revamped Light Walk, which stars a safari of luminous animals and a huge range of interactive installations. Immerse yourself in the dazzling Water Walk, catch the huge lion lantern and keep an eye out for the event's centrepiece, a fiery installation called Ignite.

Accompanying the iridescent art will be a KIIS.FM ferris wheel, a vortex tunnel, a maze, carnival rides and glow-in-the-dark golf. Plus, you'll even be able to explore the zoo's aquarium and reptile house after dark.

Food trucks will be on-site, as well as a pop-up bar slinging beer, mulled wine and the event's signature cocktail. There's also be eats including deep-fried doughnuts, paella and treats from Enzo's Pizza.

The activations have been designed to be mobility-friendly and wheelchair-accessible, with no hills or steps throughout.

General admission tickets to the event start at $30 for adults and $25 for children, with infants scoring free entry.


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