Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Music, Monkeys & Mammals Festival

From the 28th January through to 12th March, Twilight at Taronga Zoo takes place where a huge line up of artists performs against the Sydney Harbour views. As the Zoo’s reaching their centennial year, their amphitheater will be taking this series of entertaining events to a new level in 2016. With open air shows each evening in the zoo grounds, the lineup includes Courtney Barnett, recently receiving eight nomination nods for the ARIA Awards, Josh Pike and Missy Higgins. Bjorn Again are back due to the obsessive ABBA fans at the Valentines weekend performance and other favourites include Ladysmith Black Mambazo and The Waifs.
All the Twilight at Taronga entry tickets include free return ferry from Circular Quay from 5pm, bus transfers from the zoo entrance and half price same day entrance to the zoo itself. Therefore, you can monkey around with the animals and then chill out at the gig that same evening.

As this is a not for profit event, all Twilight proceeds are directly injected into the Taronga Conservation Society Australia. So you know your entry fee will be directly helping wildlife conservation, environmental sustaining and scientific research.

Ticket prices for each show varies but the average ranges around $70.95 for adults, $56.95 for kids and discounted group rates. The rates are slightly steep but they do include taxes and booking fees. The tickets are available per concert so unfortunately, you can’t buy discounted tickets for multiple days in one fell swoop. Also take into account some the gigs have sold out already.

If you’re too free spirited to make your own picnic, don’t fret. The festival organizers will have fabulous (dahling) gourmet antipasto hampers for pre purchase. The quirky range of offers include the all out Spritz Hamper at $89 (meat or veggie), the premium hamper at $99 and a few sideline alternatives. Then again if you’re so incredibly lazy that you can’t possibly carry a single thing to the gigs, you can also pre order backrest seats at $30, seats and cushions at $35, a combo of seats, cushions and blankets at $45 and a picnic rug at $60. Any more laid back and you’ll be mistaken for a sloth. 

The accompanying Roar & Snore packages have sold out due to seriously popular demand, but if you’d like a non Twilight Roar & Snore package, click this link for more information. 

The big bonus for Cremorne Point Manor guests is that we’re a spit’s throw away from the zoo so once you’re all music and animal wiped out, within 16 minutes by ferry, you’ll be back at our Manor. When you think the night’s just winding down, sit on our guest balcony, watch the same Harbour view and even though you missed out on Roar & Snore, many of our customers do hear the zoo lions express their vocal abilities quite loudly at night. Music to your ears, right?

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