- Can I drive my own car through the Zoo? >
- Are picnic hampers available? >
- How do I get around the Zoo? >
- How long are the pre-booked group Safari tours within the Zoo? >
- Are there waiting periods for the Zu-loop Shuttle? >
- How do I get there and how far is it from Adelaide? >
- Should I allow the whole day at the zoo? >
- Do I have to book for the Safari bus tour or the cafe at the zoo? >
- Can I bring my own lunch or food? >
- What kind of animals do you have at the zoo? >
- Are there any other things to do at the Zoo? >
- Is there an area for functions at the zoo? >
- As a business based upon nature and wildlife, what is especially significant about what Monarto can offer the tourist that perhaps other nature based businesses cannot? >
- Does the weather affect the animals? >
- Are there toilet facilities? >
- Is the zoo open every day of the year? >
- Do I have to pay any extra for the safari bus tours? >
- Can I feed the animals? >
- Can I pat the animals? >
- If the weather is not nice in Adelaide is it the same at Monarto Zoo? >
Can I drive my own car through the Zoo?
You can drive from the front entrance gate to the car park near the Visitor Centre, passing several exhibits and look-out points along the way. To access the greater Zoo you need to catch the next available Zu-loop Shuttle unless prior arrangements have been made for pre-booked group bookings in your own bus.
Are picnic hampers available?
No, but you can bring you own picnic to enjoy at the sheltered picnic areas near the Visitor Centre, a fully licensed café is also available to purchase coffee, lunch and light snacks.
How do I get around the Zoo?
There are a number of ways to experience the Zoo including pre-booked Safari Tours for groups, Zu-Loop Shuttle and by foot via the walking track network.
How long are the pre-booked group Safari tours within the Zoo?
There are several tour options available for pre-booked groups of 22 or more, ranging from 1 to 1.5 hours. We recommend calling our visitor centre to discuss options and packages.
Are there waiting periods for the Zu-loop Shuttle?
Zu-loop Shuttles to the wildlife viewing platforms depart the Visitor Centre at regular intervals, but some waiting periods can be experienced on busy days. During these times we recommend visitors explore the walking tracks, enjoy lunch or coffee in the Café, browse the visitor centre and gift shop or make the short walk to the Meerkats and Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby and Chimp enclosures.
Monarto Zoo is easily a full day experience. We recommend arriving early to make the most of your visit to the Zoo. A minimum of 4-5 hours is recommended.
How do I get there and how far is it from Adelaide?
From Adelaide take the Monarto exit off the South Eastern Freeway to the Princes Highway and follow the signs. Approximate travelling time 1 hour - distance approximately 64km from Adelaide CBD to Monarto Zoo.
From the East take the Murray Bridge exit off the South Eastern Freeway to the Princes Highway and follow the signs. Approximate travelling time 15 minutes - distance approximately 14km from Murray Bridge to Monarto Zoo.
For those visitors who prefer not to drive to the Zoo, please contact Link SA for details of bus travel from Adelaide departing from the Central Bus Station (Mon-Sat) Ph 08 85322633. Timetable information is available on their website www.linksa.com.au Bookings are not required except on Saturdays.
Should I allow the whole day at the zoo?
There is lots to do at the zoo, walking tracks, keeper talks throughout the day Zu-loop shuttles to the wildlife viewing platforms.
Monarto is easily a full day experience. We recommend you arrive early to make the most of your visit. A minimum of 4-5 hours is recommended.
Do I have to book for the Safari bus tour or the cafe at the zoo?
Bookings are required for all Safari Tours (available for groups of 22 or more). We recommend calling the Visitor Centre to discus options and pricing. Bookings must be received at least 2 weeks in advance.
Zu-loop shuttles to wildlife viewing platforms depart at regular intervals and operate as a hop on hop off service. There is no need to book.
Can I bring my own lunch or food?
You are welcome to bring your own picnic to the park and shaded picnic areas are available. Food is not allowed on the buses. Barbecue facilities are not currently available.
What kind of animals do you have at the zoo?
We have a large range of animals from Asia, African, Sri Lanka, India, North America, Sahara Desert and Australia, including free range emus and Kangaroos.
Are there any other things to do at the Zoo?
There are a variety of activities in the Zoo. Behind the Scenes Tours (for an extra cost) can be booked prior to your arrival and include Cheetah Interactive, Lions at Bedtime, Rhino Interactive, Keeper For A Day and Keeper for a Morning.
- Keeper talks are scheduled daily and can be accessed via the walking tracks or Zu-loop shuttle service.
- Walking tracks will lead you to all the wildlife viewing platforms and range in length from 20 to 90 minutes.
- View the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby at their walk through exhibit
- View the Meerkat exhibit outside the Visitor Centre.
- Take the short walk from the Visitor Centre to Monarto's world class chimp facility, the latest additon to the Zoo.
Please note that due to weather or animal management considerations, some talks may be cancelled without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Is there an area for functions at the zoo?
Yes we have a lovely function centre out at the waterhole called the Pavilion and is available for weddings, events, birthdays and special occasions.
Find out more about planning a function at Monarto.
As a business based upon nature and wildlife, what is especially significant about what Monarto can offer the tourist that perhaps other nature based businesses cannot?
We operate a Zu-loop shuttle service where visitors are able to view the animals in a natural environment, up close whilst learning about the animals as they experience the Zoo from a combination of the Zu-Loop shuttle, wildlife viewing platforms and Keeper talks.
- Keeper Talks
- Chimpanzee Keeper Talk
- Giraffe Keeper Talks - come face to face with a giraffe.
- Meerkat Keeper Talk
- Carnivore Keeper Talk
- Cheetah Keeper Talk
- Rhino Keeper Talk .
- Self guided walks.
- Cheetah Interactive Behind The Scenes experience
- Keeper for A Day and Keeper for a Morning Behind The Scenes experience
- Lions at Bedtime Behind The Scenes experience
- Rhino Interactive Behind The Scenes experience
Does the weather affect the animals?
The animals will be sleepier during hot weather but still active during the colder months as they still need to graze and keep on the move.
Are there toilet facilities?
Yes they are located at the Visitor Centre and at each of the viewing platforms - Waterhole, Chimpanzees, Windana and the Rhino Boma.
Is the zoo open every day of the year?
The zoo is open everyday of the year. If the forecast temperature for Monarto is 40 degrees or above Monarto will be closed. If the Park does close, public announcements are made via the local radio stations. It would be advisable to phone the Park prior to visiting on these days to confirm opening/closing status.
Do I have to pay any extra for the safari bus tours?
Your entrance fee includes access to the Zu-loop shuttle, walking tracks, wildlife viewing platforms and keeper talks. Safari bus tours are available for groups and we require a booking at least 2 weeks in advance (fees apply).
Can I feed the animals?
All our animals have special dietary requirements that require close monitoring, so feeding of animals is not permitted.
Can I pat the animals?
Unfortunately not, but touch tables are available within the Visitor Centre where you can experience the sensation of a variety of skins, bones and antlers.
If the weather is not nice in Adelaide is it the same at Monarto Zoo?
Monarto can experience vastly different weather to Adelaide, so never assume that because it is raining and cold in Adelaide that Monarto will be the same. On many occasions it can be clear and sunny at Monarto.