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Step back in time and into the Mesozoic Era to a land where puppets, lights and dinosaurs collide.

In a brand-new experience and a night not seen for millions of years, prepare to be electrified by the first in a trilogy exploring the prehistoric era. Brought to you by Adelaide Zoo and Illuminate Adelaide with presenting partner SA Power Networks, witness the evolution of the first creatures to crawl from the world’s vast oceans and some of the largest beasts to ever roam the planet.

Featuring state-of-the-art puppetry, new purpose-built installations, and a whole host of light and colour, renowned creative studios Erth and A Blanck Canvas join forces to craft this sprawling prehistoric world. Wander in a sea of floating bioluminescent jellyfish, see playful Plesiosaurs frolic with their hatchlings, and even come eye-to-eye with Australia’s own sharp-toothed Megaraptor, the fearsome Australovenator.

Highlighting Earth’s first extinction events and the importance of conservation preventing the next, visit this dinosaur dynasty with their intrepid keepers as your guide through an illuminating night of exploration and fun!

Co-Presented with

Presenting Partner



Thu 04 July - Sun 21 July
Thu - Sun


Adelaide Zoo

Adelaide Zoo, Frome Rd, Adelaide SA 5000

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Early Bird - General Admission
Available until midnight Sunday 05 May
General Admission
Early Bird - Zoos SA Members
Available until midnight Sunday 05 May
Zoos SA Members
Groups of 4
Zoos SA Members Group of 4
Under 4 years
FREE - however a $0.00 ticket is required for entry


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible and accessible toilets adjacent to Nature's Playground with a hoist facility which requires a carer to operate.

Relaxed Sessions of Universal Kingdom: Prehistoric Nights are available 5pm Sun 14 July and Sun 21 July. Relaxed sessions will include:
An earlier twilight start time, reduced capacity, lowered volume on installations and reduced human noises. Visitors attending the 5pm Relaxed sessions are welcome to stay and explore for the evening but should be aware that the 6.30pm sessions will be at standard event capacity.

Zoos SA Members can book their Relaxed Session HERE.

General Public can book their Relaxed Session HERE.

If you have any questions or would like assistance in booking please reach out to [email protected] or call (08) 8267 3255.

Zoos SA is committed to providing a welcoming and accessible environment, more information about accessibility at Adelaide Zoo can be found HERE if you have any feedback or suggestions please get in touch at [email protected] or call (08) 8267 3255.


Zoos SA Members

Zoos SA Members can book their member priced tickets HERE.


Allow 60 mins

Food & Drink

Food and beverage options will be available for purchase from select outlets on Adelaide Zoo grounds during the event.


Please be advised this event includes water-based haze.

Ticketing Info

Please note your ticket offers admittance to Adelaide Zoo for the event only. The zoo will not be open for animal viewing and Adelaide Zoo Entry Terms and Conditions apply.

Need a hand booking? Contact the friendly team at Adelaide Zoo or take a look through Adelaide Zoo's FAQs.

For Companion Card booking information, please click HERE.


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Base Camp

Back for another round in 2024, Base Camp is the perfect place to start or finish your night out!

Located on North Terrace at Lot Fourteen, grab a drink or a bite to eat to begin your Illuminate Adelaide journey.

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