Monarto Zoo is one of the largest open-range zoo in the world spanning more than 1,000 hectares and is home to more than 50  species of exotic and native mammals, birds and reptiles.

The zoo is located 60 minutes (70 kilometres) from South Australia’s capital city Adelaide and is the gateway to the picturesque Murraylands region.

Monarto Zoo opened in 1983 as a breeding and pasture area. Since officially opening to the public in October 1993, Monarto Zoo is now home to more than 500 animals roaming in vistas as far as the eye can see. It’s an escape from the city that immerses visitors in a natural safari-style setting.

Over the years Monarto has celebrated outstanding breeding success and our captivating, quirky and unique animals have captured the hearts of our visitors.

Monarto Zoo is owned and operated by a conservation-based charity, Zoos SA.

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Monarto Zoo is open daily from 9:30am – 5pm with last entry at 3pm. The zoo is open every day of the year, including Christmas and all public holidays, except if the forecast temperature for Monarto is 40 degrees or above, in which case the zoo will be closed.

To get the most out of your visit we recommend setting aside a minimum of four to five hours to fully enjoy the Monarto Zoo experience. There are a number of ways to experience the zoo including on the free Zu-Loop Shuttle, pre-booked Safari Tours for groups and by foot via the walking track network.

Visitor vehicles must remain parked at the Visitor Centre.

Monarto Zoo offers a wide range of daily zoo keeper talks and animal feeds that give guests the opportunity to interact with our friendly staff and learn about the zoo’s unique residents.

Follow the presentation schedule to get the most out of your visit to Monarto Zoo. To see the full keeper presentations schedule click here.

Looking for a more unique animal experience? Consider booking a Behind the Scenes Animal Experience to come face to face with some of our remarkable animal residents.

Ketabi Café is open from 9:30am-5:00pm daily and offers a range of tasty treats, small bites and hot meals.

Picnics: For those who prefer to bring their own meals, 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 BBQs.

Monarto Zoo has a network of approximately 10kms 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.

Emu Track
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.

Ridge Track
The Ridge Track takes approximately 20 minutes and includes some beautiful views of giraffe, zebra or eland and their surrounds. Moderate grading.

Boma Track
The Boma Track is a self-guided walk of approximately 25 minutes leading to the Southern White Rhino enclosure. Moderate grading. Access to the cheetah track and viewing platform is via the Boma Track.

Bretag Track
The Bretag track is approximately 35 minutes one way and will take you from the Rhino Boma, past historic stone ruins to the African Lion and Painted Dog viewing platform.

Depending on prevailing weather conditions, Walking Tracks are subject to closure at short notice.

From Adelaide by car take the Monarto exit off the South Eastern Freeway to the Princes Highway and follow the signs. Approximate travelling time sixty minutes – distance approximately 65km from Adelaide CBD to Monarto Zoo.

From the East by car 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, please contact Link SA for details of bus travel from Adelaide departing from the Central Bus Station (Monday to Saturday) phone 08 8532 2633. Timetable information is available on the Link SA website. Bookings are essential.

By Bus

Prefer to catch the bus?

Link SA now offers a direct service to Monarto Zoo from Monday to Friday. The Murray Bridge service can stop inside the zoo upon request. They also offer a connecting service to the zoo with Adelaide Metro Services to Mount Barker through the week and on weekends.

For further information or to make a weekend booking please contact Link SA on (08) 8532 2633 or visit their website Link SA for timetables.

Monarto Zoo services and facilities ensure an enjoyable and fulfilling experience whether you are a day visitor, attending an educational excursion or an after-hours function.

  • Picnic and Rest Areas
  • Public Amenities – including disabled toilets and baby change rooms
  • Vending Machines – provided throughout the zoo for drinks
  • First Aid facilities – first aid facilities are available at the zoo
  • Disabled Access – the zoo provides ramps and railings for disability access

Zoos SA recognises reciprocal membership rights of the following Australian zoos:

  • Taronga Conservation Society of Australia (Taronga Zoo and Taronga Western Plains Zoo)
  • Perth Zoo
  • Zoos Victoria (Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary)

Please note South Australian residents holding Zoos Victoria membership will no longer receive free child member entry to Adelaide and Monarto Zoos and will be required to pay normal admission to enter. This reflects a national change to reciprocal entry rights among participating zoos.

This only applies to Zoos Victoria child members between 4-14 years old who live in NSW, ACT, Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia.

It does not affect Zoo Victoria adult members, wherever they live, who will still enjoy free admission to all participating zoos.

To gain access to both Adelaide and Monarto Zoos with your reciprocal rights entitlement, please provide ID (showing a photo + address), your valid interstate membership card and a letter of validity (so we can determine that your membership has not expired) from your parent zoo and present them to gate staff on entry.

A letter of validity can be obtained from your member organisation by phoning;

Taronga Zoo Friends Office – 02 9969 2777
Perth Zoo Friends Office – 08 9474 0350
Zoos Vic Member – 1300 966 784


Happy 99th Birthday to @tarongazoo Wishing all our friends, animal & human, a fantastic day full of lots of yummy treats!

About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to save species from extinction and connect people with nature.


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