What happens when you combine a warm summer night with live music and exotic animals? Absolute magic.
Shaun and I have always loved the Zoo. But there is something extra magical about exploring its beautiful enclosures after dark. The gates open at 5:30pm, giving ticket holders VIP access to the lush grounds. So, we spent an hour and a half walking down its shady pathways and meeting local animals. Crowds were non-existent and the only sounds we could hear were primal.
I’d be lion if I said I didn’t want to spend a little more time visiting the wildlife, but it was a bloody hot day and we wanted to get a good spot on the grass. So, we parked our picnic rug in the shade, and unpacked all our snacks.
In the distance, we could see the Taste of Twilight’s dining zone which was full of food trucks. While we didn’t intend on buying any snacks, the smell of hot chips was intoxicating. And of course, Shaun caved. He left empty handed and came back with a box of hot food including a souvlaki and fries (which were great on my taste buds but terrible on my hips). The event was fully licensed, so we also purchased a few ice-cold beers, which went down nicely, as we watched a fiery sun set behind an electric stage.
Daryl Braithwaite’s headline act began at 8pm, where the legend himself serenaded us with some of the biggest hits of his career including ‘One Summer’ and ‘As the Days Go By’. While Shaun and I were at least thirty years younger than most of the crowd, Braithwaite still had us on our feet and clapping along to his time-tested classics. And when he started singing ‘The Horses’ we were belting out the lyrics at the top of our lungs, like a couple of hammered teenagers in the 1990s.
The event finished around 10pm, and we were stoked to find out that all proceeds from the concert went straight to the zoo’s conservation work. So we had a great night out, while helping the Eastern Barred Bandicoot fight extinction.
Does that sound good to you?
Pick up your trusty picnic rug and get your mates together for a wild night out at the zoo. There will be concerts on every weekend until March 9 with an epic line-up of local and international artists including Vera Blue and The Cat Empire for just $68 per person. Some of the events may have sold out, so check out the website to see what’s up for grabs.