Services and Facilities
The Visitor Centre
The Visitors Centre is an award winning environmentally friendly air-conditioned centre containing a Cafe, gift shop and toilet facilities. Contained within the centre is an exhibition space and touch tables for children.
Once inside the entrance you share the short journey to the Visitor Centre with roaming wildlife, so please remember the speed limit is 30km per hour. You may not drive your own car around the Zoo, parking is available at the Visitor Centre. Please take care on the roads driving to Monarto Zoo.
For those people who prefer not to drive to the Zoo, please contact Link SA Murray Bridge for details on bus travel to Monarto Zoo. Services from Adelaide depart from the Central Bus Station (Mon-Sat) Ph 08 85322633 or for timetable information please refer to their website www.linksa.com.au Bookings are not required except on Saturdays.
Limited disability access is available. We recommend contacting our friendly Visitor Centre staff for more information prior to your arrival.
Gift Shop and Cafe
You will find the Cafe within the Visitors Centre for a meal, quick snack or a hot drink.
For larger groups requiring prepared meals we suggest contacting us to pre-book the Cafe or the Waterhole Function Centre to avoid disappointment.
The Zu-loop shuttle bus and walking tracks enable you to experience the Zoo at you own leisure. The Zu-loop shuttle transports you to all the wildlife viewing platforms where you disembark at each bus stop to view the wildlife and meet with one of our informative volunteer guides or experience regular keeper talks. The Zu-loop shuttle departs regularly from the Visitor Centre and can be re-boarded from each of the bus stops.
There is no need to book on the Zu-loop shuttle, it operates as a hop on, hop off basis from the Visitor Centre. Strollers are permitted on the bus (look for the 'stroller friendly' sign on the bus window), but are required to be folded between bus stops.
Monarto's network of walking tracks can be incorporated with the Zu-loop shuttle service for those visitors keen to experience a combination of walking between viewing platforms and travel via Zu-loop.
Pre-booked guided Safari tours are available for groups of 22 or more - great for social groups, clubs or large family gatherings.
For more information visit the tours page.
The Zoo has a network of approx 10 kms of walking tracks. For those visitors keen to explore the Zoo by foot, there are a range of walking tracks available ranging from easy to medium grading and are suitable for robust pushers.
There are 5 walking tracks available ranging from 20 to 90 minutes
The Emu Track is a self-guided 20-30 minute walk past a variety of birdlife and native flora. Easy grading.
Mallee Fowl Track
The Mallee Fowl Track is a self-guided tour of approximately 20 minutes to a habitat where you can see these unique birds in a native setting. Easy grading.
If the real Africa is too far to go, then our Ridge Track will more than satisfy your desire to see Giraffe, Zebra or Eland in a beautifully simulated environment. This track includes some magnificent views of the Zoo and its surrounds. Moderate grading.
The Boma Track is a self guided walk of approx 25 minutes leading to the Southern White Rhino enclosure. Moderate grading.
The Bretag track is approx 35 minutes one way and will take you from the Rhino Boma, past historic stone ruins to the Lion & Painted Dog viewing platform.
For those who prefer to bring their own meals, close by are sheltered picnic areas are available close to the Visitor Centre. Please note due to fire risk, the Zoo does not allow for the use of BBQ’s.