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1-5 Wheat Road Darling Harbour

Sydney 2000

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Make your event stand out from the crowd with our event ideas and inspiration.

Creating themed events is what the team at Merlin Events do best, so we thought we'd put together some of our favourite ideas and inspiration to help you plan your next event.

EVENT IDEA #1 : Celebrity Safari

Why settle for one amazing event venue, when you can have two!

Dress in your finest red carpet attire and journey through the Aussie Outback. Celebrity Safari re-imagines WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and Madame Tussauds Sydney as after-hours playgrounds and pop-up bars for adults, featuring interactive activities and pop up entertainment throughout.

Safari through Wild Life Sydney Zoo’s stunning exhibits which are authentically themed to recreate the iconic habitats of Australia. We're the most FUN and interactive animal attraction in Sydney, showcasing a wide variety of Australia's most amazing and iconic animals! Guests can choose to enjoy sunset from the Koala Rooftop, party at the silent disco on the Croc Deck, or roam amongst the many other exhibits enjoying drinks and canapes.

At Madame Tussauds Sydney guests will be immersed in Sydney’s most star studded party with VIP access to 9 interactive zones. Choose to mingle with Australia’s sporting greats, go behind the scenes at Sydney Fashion Week, face off with your favourite Superheroes, dance the night away in our MTV Music zone, or join the VIP Party in the A-List zone.

Celebrity Safari is the perfect mix of WILD fun and exclusive VIP extravagance, remixing these attractions into something unique and entirely unexpected.

Celebrity Safari is perfect for cocktail events of 800+ Guests

EVENT IDEA #2 : Keys to the Zoo

‘Keys to the Zoo’ is the perfect option for larger scale corporate cocktail events where you can exclusively book the entire WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo for the night.

‘Keys to the Zoo’ lets you host a cocktail event throughout the entire attraction. Amaze guests with all the attraction has to offer, and a range of amazing entertainment and add-on options. 

Keys to the Zoo is perfect for cocktail events of 250+ Guests


EVENT IDEA #3 : Party Animals

Take a walk on the WILD side and embrace a Party Animals theme. Perhaps your guests will arrive decked out in their finest animal print cocktail dress, or come disguised as a kangaroo. You may even have an 80s rock star or two attend the party. This is the perfect theme to inject a little fun into your next social event or Christmas party. As guests wander the zoo and encounter some of the animals that call WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo home, see if you can spot the difference.

EVENT IDEA #4 : Elegant Lawn Party

The Koala Rooftop at WILD LIFE Sydney offers an expansive event space, covered in astro turf. This unique venue has everything you need to create a casual yet elegant lawn Party. Protected from the elements with a marquee style roof, and with views of the city through the treetops, the Koala Rooftop is  a great all weather alternative to a traditional ‘out-door’ event. 

Guests will enjoy cocktails, craft beers and canapes, whist enjoying the sunshine, and even a few lawn games for the more competitive amongst us. A Lawn Party is the ultimate summer event!

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You can reach our Functions and Events team the following ways:

TEL: (02) 9333 9245