Light Creatures at Adelaide Zoo | Illuminate Adelaide | 29 June – 23 Jul 2023

Light Creatures to soar high and shine bright this Winter at Adelaide Zoo.

Light Creatures is back and it’s brighter than ever in 2023! A shining beacon of conservation swooping into Adelaide Zoo from 29 June – 23 July, this year’s event promises to warm even the coldest of winter nights.

Every budding zoologist knows that the many mysteries of the animal kingdom are revealed just as the moon appears.  Step through the gates of the historic Adelaide Zoo after dark to experience a mesmerising and immersive tribute to the natural world.

Like nature at its best, this family-friendly highlight of Illuminate Adelaide continues to grow and evolve, and after two hit sell-out seasons in 2021 and 2022 you’ll be meeting new species of larger-than-life characters and interactive installations, alongside your favourites.


Joining favourites Panda Playtime, Skink Park and Underwater World are new Light Creatures’ recruits the fiery Falcon, clawsome crabs and Evolution, a thrilling projection through time taking place in the historic Rotunda.

In addition, The Andu Project sees the interior of Adelaide Zoo’s heritage Elephant House adorned with enchanting projected illustrations of the Flinders Ranger’s Yellow-foot Rock-wallaby – or ‘Andu’ as it is known in Adnyamathanha language.

Located near the lands of Leigh Creek, the children from local schools in the region created drawings of the miniature marsupial to then be digitized and animated for inclusion as part of Light Creatures third iteration for Illuminate Adelaide.

“We are so excited to see the amazing Light Creatures return to Adelaide Zoo as part of Illuminate Adelaide,” says Elaine Bensted, CE of Zoos SA.

“We wanted to ensure that the event remains fresh and so have redesigned the layout of the event….there are new lanterns and more atmospheric lighting as well as roving lanterns Cahaya the Tiger and a group of naughty and nippy crabs.

“Light Creatures is fun for all ages. As well as warming up your winter nights it’s an opportunity for us to talk about conservation in a different light!” 

Illuminate Adelaide’s co-founders and creative directors, Rachael Azzopardi and Lee Cumberlidge said:

“Light Creatures has been one of Illuminate Adelaide’s most popular events and we can’t wait for young and old to experience this incredible event once again.

“Light Creatures evokes a sense of childlike wonder while also being a celebration of conservation. It’s a wonderful opportunity to explore Adelaide Zoo and encounter new up close and immersive experiences.”

Light Creatures, as part of Illuminate Adelaide, is brought to life thanks to SA Power Networks and through the creative talents of the Zoos SA team as well as A Blanck Canvas, Carla O’Brien, Leigh Creek Area School, Jack Buckskin and Elizabeth Close.

Tickets go on sale from 19 April 2023, so grab your friends and family, to prepare for a wild night of adventure! Plus, enjoy winter warmers, wines and frothy hot chocolates thanks to onsite caterers. 

Check out our Instagram reel of the event below:


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Opening Hours:

  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 
  • Entry times: 6:30pm & 7:45pm


  • General Admission | $31
  • Cub (ages 0-3) FREE 
  • Group of 4 (all ages) | $111 
  • Member Tickets are also available

We recommend allowing 60 minutes to explore Light Creatures.


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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Zoo website or Illuminate Adelaide website.

What:   Light Creatures at Adelaide Zoo 

When:    29 June – 23 July 2023 (Thursday to Sunday)

Where:   Adelaide Zoo | Frome Road, Adelaide 

Who:   Everyone 

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: Adelaide Zoo graphic image credit: Frankie The Creative/ photos by Play & Go 


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