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Vivid Taronga Zoo 2019

Taronga Zoo, Mosman


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Event information

Vivid Sydney returns to light up Sydney’s iconic Taronga Zoo for 2 ticketed sessions on Wednesday to Sunday nights from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

To see Vivid Sydney at Taronga Zoo precinct you must have a pre-purchased event ticket. Tickets are limited each evening, so make sure to book ahead.

Plenty of additional public transport services will run during the busier nights to help you get to and from the Zoo, so leave the car at home as parking is limited and is likely to fill early.

Vivid Sydney will also light up the Sydney CBD and Chatswood, for information on transport to these precincts, visit the event pages:

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You can use an Opal card for all modes of public transport in Sydney and surrounding regions, including trains, buses, ferries and light rail. There is also a Travel Cap of $2.70 on Sundays.

Remember to top up your Opal card before you head out to Vivid Sydney events as long queues are expected at top-up machines during the festival. Top up online or at an Opal retailer.

More ways to pay

If you have an American Express, Mastercard or Visa debit or credit card which displays the contactless payment symbol, or linked device, you can use it to pay for your travel by tapping on and off at Opal card readers on trains, light rail and Sydney Ferries. Keep in mind if you’re travelling by bus you still need to use an Opal card. Standard (peak) Adult Opal fare pricing applies. If you consistently use the same contactless card or linked device to tap on and tap off, you may qualify for Opal daily, weekly and Sunday fare caps but no other Opal benefits apply.

The Sydney Metro North West Line opens on Sunday 26 May. Metro services are high-frequency, driverless trains, which can quickly take you between Tallawong Station and Chatswood Station. Change at Chatswood to connect with buses to Mosman to get to Taronga Zoo.

Metro services start running from the early morning. Last services from Chatswood to Tallawong leave at 12.45am on Thursday nights and at 1.45am on Friday and Saturday nights.

On Sunday to Wednesday nights from 26 May until late 2019, North West Night Bus, a late night bus service, will run as Sydney Metro grows to full operations. The first North West Night Bus service departs Tallawong at 9.25pm and Chatswood at 10.10pm. All-stops and limited-stops routes will run every 10 minutes to Tallawong.

Station Link bus services that have been running between Epping and Chatswood while the rail line was upgraded to metro standards will stop operating on Sunday 26 May after metro services begin.

You can use your Opal card or accepted contactless payment method on Sydney Metro services. You will need to use your Opal card on North West Night Bus services. 

For Metro service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip PlannerFor more information and to plan your trip, see Sydney Metro.

The best stations for connections to Taronga Zoo are Circular Quay (weeknights nights only), Wynyard, North Sydney or Chatswood Stations.

From Circular Quay you can catch a ferry to the Zoo, keeping in mind ferries will be very busy.

From Wynyard, North Sydney or Chatswood Stations.or where you can change for a bus to the Zoo. Trains to these stations run frequently on weekdays and every 10 to 15 minutes on weekends.

Additional late night NSW TrainLink intercity services will run to help get you home on weekends and some services will be increased from 4 to 8 carriages. You can find all the details of extra services in the Trip Planner.

If you’re catching a ferry to the Zoo from Circular Quay keep in mind that on Saturday nights and the long weekend, trains will not stop at Circular Quay Station between 6.30pm until 9.30pm due to large crowds in the precinct. Customers can use Wynyard or Martin Place stations instead.


Trackwork is taking place during Vivid Sydney and may affect how you travel. Extra rail replacement buses will be on standby during weekends to help visitors get to and from Vivid Sydney events.


Friday 24 May:

  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Mount Victoria. Bathurst trains continue to run, to a changed timetable. Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Katoomba between 9:20am and 5:30pm

Monday 27 to Thursday 30 May Nightly from 9.45pm until 1.30am

  • T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line: Buses replace trains between Bondi Junction and Central

Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May

  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Mount Victoria. Bathurst trains continue to run, to a changed timetable. Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Katoomba between 9:20am and 5:30pm
  • T1 Western Line: Monday 27, Tuesday 28, Thursday 30 and Friday 31 May
    • Nightly from 9.10pm until 1.30am, buses replace trains from Richmond to Riverstone.
    • Nightly from 9.40pm until 1.30am, buses replace trains from Riverstone to Richmond.

Monday 3 June to Thursday 6 June from 9pm until 4am each night

  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Penrith.

Tuesday 11 June to Thursday 13 June

  • T3 Bankstown Line: Nightly from 21:50 until 01:30 buses replace trains between Sydenham and Bankstown. Trains run to a changed timetable between Lidcombe or Liverpool and Bankstown.
  • Blue Mountains Line:
    • Nightly from 22:00 until 23:50, buses replace trains from Springwood to Penrith. The last direct train from the Blue Mountains leaves Lithgow at 19:29, Mount Victoria at 20:00, Springwood at 20:59 and arrives Central at 22:21. Trains run to the normal timetable from Lithgow or Mount Victoria to Katoomba, but to a changed timetable from Penrith to Central.
    • Nightly from 22:10 until 01:00, buses replace trains from Penrith to Springwood. The last train to the Blue Mountains leaves Central at 20:18, Penrith at 21:06 and arrives Lithgow at 23:09. Trains run to a changed timetable from Springwood to Mount Victoria and Lithgow.


2am, Saturday 25 May until 2am, Monday 27 May:

  • T1 Western Line: Buses replace trains between Emu Plains and Blacktown.
  • Blue Mountains Line: Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Blacktown. Bathurst trains are replaced by bus between Bathurst and Central.

2am, Saturday 1 June until 2pm, Sunday 2 June

  • T1 Western Line Richmond trains run between Richmond and Leppington only.
  • T2 Inner West & Leppington Line (until 2pm only): Buses replace Homebush trains between Strathfield and Central. Trains run to a changed timetable and stopping pattern between Leppington and the City via Granville.

2am, Saturday 8 June until 2am, Tuesday 11 June – Long weekend

  • T1 North Shore Line: Buses replace T1 North Shore Line trains between Berowra and Hornsby
  • T9 Northern Line until 11.30pm: Buses replace trains between Hornsby and Rhodes. On Saturday and Sunday night from 11.30pm: Buses replace trains between Hornsby and Strathfield.
  • Central Coast & Newcastle Line: buses replace trains between Central and Newcastle Interchange.
  • Hunter Line: from Friday night buses replace trains between Newcastle Interchange, Scone and Dungog.

2am, Saturday 15 June until 2am, Monday 17 June

  • South Coast Line: Buses replace trains between Bomaderry and Wollongong. Trains run to the normal timetable between Port Kembla, Wollongong and the City.

Trackwork is carried out on an ongoing basis to maintain the safety, reliability and efficiency of the Sydney Trains network. Trackwork may affect how you travel to and from events. For the latest information, check travel alerts and trackwork or use the Trip Planner.

Limited route buses run directly to Taronga Zoo including routes M30 or 247. Alternatively plenty of frequent route services stop at Mosman / Spit Junction on Military Rd where you can change for a connecting bus to the Zoo entrance.

Additional services will run on the busier Friday nights and weekends however on Monday to Thursday nights, services will run to a regular weekday timetable so make sure to plan ahead as late night services are limited. Use the Trip Planner to find a service near you.

  • B-Line services run every 8 to 12 minutes on weekdays and weekends stopping at Spit Junction, Mosman
  • Route 247 runs between Wynyard and the Zoo via Military Rd.
  • Route M30 runs between Sydenham and the Zoo via the city and Military Rd.

On Fridays and weekends additional buses will run to get you to and from the Zoo:

  • Spit Junction - The Zoo: Route 247 service between the Spit Junction and the Zoo will run every 20 minutes from 5pm until 10pm.
  • Taronga Zoo Wharf - The Zoo: Route 238 buses will run between the wharf and Zoo top gate entrance every 10 minutes from 5pm until 10pm.

Don't forget to top up your Opal card ahead of time and remember to tap on and off when catching bus services to get the correct fare.

For bus service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

F2 Taronga Zoo ferries will be in very high demand during Vivid Sydney, especially on Friday nights and on the weekends. Additional ferries will run during the festival however ticketholders are strongly encouraged to consider the train and bus options as well. 


  • Circular Quay to the Zoo: ferries to the Zoo leave from Wharf 4 every 30 minutes until the last ferry leaves at 8.50pm. Services between 5.15pm and 6.45pm will also make stops at Cremorne Point (to Zoo) and Mosman Bay (to Circular Quay).
  • Taronga Zoo wharf to Circular Quay: ferries back to Circular Quay leave every 30 minutes until 9pm then every 15 minutes until the last ferry leaves the Zoo at 10pm.


  • Circular Quay to the Zoo: ferries to the Zoo leave from Wharf 4 every 20 minutes until 5.50pm then every 30 minutes until the last ferry at 8.50pm.
  • Taronga Zoo wharf to Circular Quay: ferries back to Circular Quay leave every 30 minutes until 9pm then every 15 minutes until the last ferry leaves the Zoo at 10pm.

Due to the high demand, customers will be required to exit the ferry once they reach their destination. You will not be able to stay on the ferry and take the return trip. This is to make sure that everyone gets the chance to access ferry services.

For ferry service disruption information, check travel alerts or plan your trip using the Trip Planner.

Light rail is the best way to get to the Darling Harbour and Tumbalong precincts with additional services running throughout the festival. Light rail services run between Central Station and Dulwich Hill with stops at popular CBD and Inner West destinations. Change at Central for a city circle train to Circular Quay to connect with ferries to the Zoo or to Wynyard to connect with buses to the Zoo.

Services will run every 12 minutes from 7pm to midnight on Friday nights, and from 5pm until midnight on weekends (including the public holiday Monday).

Customers are encouraged to allow plenty of additional travel time as services between Central and Pyrmont Bay will be very busy, particularly on the weekends, as large crowds travel to the Vivid Darling Harbour precincts. Plan ahead using the Trip Planner. For maps and service frequencies see light rail service information.


Between 11pm Monday 27 May and 6am Friday 31 May, and between 11pm Monday 3 June and 6am Friday 7 June, buses will replace nightly light rail services to allow for essential construction work to take place on the future CBD & South East Light Rail:

Overnight between 11pm and 6am (27 - 31 May and 3 - 7 June):

  • Buses will replace light rail services between Central and The Star in both directions running every 30 minutes.
  • Follow the yellow directional signs to the nearby replacement bus stop locations (as some stop locations may need to change during the course of works).

Light rail services between Dulwich Hill and Central run as per normal between 6am and 11pm during the trackwork period. Nightly services will also return to normal from Friday 7 June.

Allow extra travel time, check travel alerts for light rail service disruption updates including replacement bus stop locations, and plan your light rail or replacement bus trip ahead using the Trip Planner.

Heavy traffic is expected on Bradleys Head Rd, Military Rd and Spit Rd approaching the Zoo particularly on the busier Friday nights and weekends ahead of the first session start times.

Ticketholders are strongly advised to plan to arrive early, carpool where possible and allow plenty of extra travel time.

For real-time updates on traffic conditions visit Live Traffic NSW or download a real-time traffic app from the App Store or Google Play

Car parks

Paid parking is available at Taronga Zoo. Entry to the car park is from Bradleys Head Road. The car park day rate is $18.

Visitors are advised that parking spaces are limited and will fill quickly especially on Friday nights and weekends so consider the public transport options and leave the car at home.

See Parking at the Zoo for more information on rates and operating hours.

Heavy traffic is expected on roads approaching the Zoo on the busier Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. We strongly encourage attendees to organise taxi or ride-share pick-ups and drops offs outside of the immediate vicinity of the Zoo entrance to avoid the traffic delays.

For details of taxi networks servicing the Sydney area, visit NSW Taxi Council.

Volunteers working at Vivid Sydney 2019 are entitled to free travel on public transport for the duration of the event by showing their 'Volunteers Free Travel Pass' to transport staff when boarding services.

Travel is covered on the following transport services from Friday 24 May through until 4am on Sunday 16 June 2019:

  • Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink Intercity services (bounded by Bomaderry, Goulburn, Bathurst, Scone and Dungog stations).
  • Buses (Sydney metro services and NightRide)
  • Sydney Ferries
  • Sydney Light Rail

Note: an additional station access fee applies for travel to or from Domestic and International Airport stations. Your event ticket does not include the access fee, so if you're travelling from these stations you'll need to pay the train station access fee.

Taronga Zoo is a widely accessible precinct. For details, visit Taronga Zoo Facilities and Accessibility.

Accessible trips are shown in the Trip Planner with the wheelchair icon. You can select "accessible services only" in the Options to ensure you only see accessible services. Only trip plans with accessible train platforms, ferry wharves and buses will be presented. See accessible travel or download a transport app (select the "Accessibility" filter).