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Nature is amazing. Being able to see animals that you would never normally see, is such a thrilling activity. To do that right in the heart of the city, is amazing The Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens Parkville presents the world's most unique species. The Zoo does this in as stress free an environment as possible, so that you may enjoy an encounter that you will never forget.

The Melbourne Zoo is set among flower gardens and picnic areas. It contains more than 400 animal species from Australia and around the world.

The City Zoo is Australia's oldest zoo. It was modeled on London Zoo.

Built over 150 years ago, the zoo covers 22 hectares (55 acres) of botanic-style gardens.  Environmental, enclosed habitat zones house the animals on display.  

Just 4km from the city center, the zoo is convenient and easy to get to either by public transport or by vehicle. There is parking available close the the entrance.

Melbourne zoo meercatsRoyal Melbourne Zoological Gardens playful meercats

Arriving at the zoo and you immediately notice that this zoo is being maintained beautifully. The best of the old, historic architecture has been preserved, as you can see from the art deco entrance and right on throughout the zoo precinct.

Gone are the antiquated and sterile cages that you often see in other zoos. These have been replaced with attractive, modernised and environmentally caring structures. These viewing areas are built to resemble the animals natural environment as best as possible.

The main walk and an early 20th century menagerie exhibit have been preserved so as to give you an idea of just how much this zoo has matured.

Melbourne zoo lionRoyal Melbourne Zoological Gardens lion

Note: 
When you arrive, check at the zoo's reception as there are free tours that may be available, if the guides have not been booked out.

For visitors who may have difficulty getting around, the zoo also provides a electric guide mobile that can carry up to 3 passengers. It travels at a slow pace so that the carer can walk beside the vehicle. Enquire at reception or phone the zoo direct for more information - 1300 966 784


The Melbourne Zoological Gardens Exhibits

There's so much to see and do at the Zoo, with so many animals to encounter make sure that you collect a map at the zoo kiosk before you head off into the jungle or down load one here

Be sure not to miss:

  • The Asian Elephants and the Trail of the Elephants
  • The Sumatran Tigers
  • The Orangutans swinging through the trees. Walk the elevated boardwalk and watch these creatures and their antics
  • The Gorilla Rainforest
  • Koalas and Kangaroos in an authentic Australian bush setting
  • The Wild Sea, highlighting the seals and penguins that inhabit the Victorian coastline
  • The Butterfly House
  • Reptile House and World of Frogs
  • Baboon Lookout
  • Lion Gorge - lions, African wild dogs and the Phillipines Crocodile

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Up Close And Personal At the Royal Melbourne Zoo

Get up close and personal with some of the animals at certain exhibits such as:

  • Lemur Island, where you can walk and play with these inquisitive animals.
  • Growing Wild, an interactive area specifically for the kids, where they can burrow through tunnels, climb inside giant tortoise shells and scurry about with the Meercats.

Get even closer and experience the zoo's trilling Wild Encounters Program. Enjoy tiger, gorilla and orangutan 'behind the scenes' encounters, to thrill and educate you. All  these are guided by the zoo's expert keepers.

You can even breakfast with the Koalas and Kangaroos. For a totally unique experience, consider staying overnight and waking up to all the sounds of the jungle. The Roar and Snore experience is one not to miss!

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Wandering through the zoo exhibits don't forget to take a nostalgic ride on the historic carousel

The Zoo's carousel was built in 1878 in England and imported to Australia in the 1880's. The carousel traveled the show circuit until 1963 before it finally arrived and settled at the Zoo.

Where are the Zoological Gardens?

The zoo is located within Royal Park on Elliot Avenue in Parkville, which is not far from the Melbourne Central Business District.

Elliott Avenue

Parkville VIC 3052

(03) 9285 9300


Getting to the Zoo Using Public Transport

By Tram

Tram 55 runs from William Street in the city centre every day, stopping directly outside Melbourne Zoo.

By Train

Trains run from Flinders Street Station on the Upfield line every day, stopping at Melbourne Zoo’s own Royal Park Station.

By Bus

Bus route 505 from Moonee Ponds to Melbourne University stops outside Melbourne Zoo.

Please visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au for up-to-date tram, train and bus times. Use the Journey planner and enter your start point as 'From' and Melbourne Zoo as your 'to' point.

For all ticket price enquires go to https://www.zoo.org.au/melbourne/plan-your-visit. Note that children (4-15 years), entry is free weekends and holidays! Concession prices are also available. Check the website address and book your ticket online.

Where To Eat At The Zoo

The Lakeside Cafe can be found next to the beautiful Japanese Garden and lake. You can sit down overlooking the gardens and enjoy a delicious family style menu.

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and a range of wines and beer are on offer along with a selection of cold drinks.

The cafe is open for breakfast on the weekend, serving a breakfast menu up 11:00 am.

The Zoo Bakery is right next door. Offering gourmet pies, sausage rolls, pasties, sandwiches and baguettes, perfect for a picnic. They also serve muffins, cookies and other treats to take away. Hot or cold drinks, ice creams and snacks are also available.

There are other eateries scattered throughout the zoo. You will never go hungry or thirsty.

  • Zebra Espresso. - next to Macaw Exhibit. 
  • Macaw Take-Away - opposite Lakeside Cafe.
  • Meerkat Manor Cafe - Main entrance, Elliott Avenue.
  • Elephant Village Cafe - next to the Elephant Barn (in the Trail of the Elephants).
  • Giraffe Lookout Cafe - at the main roundabout next to the Giraffes
  • Wild Dogs Cafe - Railway Entrance

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Being able to see animals that you would never normally see, is such an amazing gift. To do that right in the heart of the city, is incredible. The Zoo presents the world's most unique species in as stress free an environment as possible, so that you may enjoy an encounter that you will never forget.

Check this video out as an introduction to some of these incredible creatures you will find at the Melbourne Zoo.



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Lions are now classed as ‘vulnerable’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (on the IUCN ‘red list’).

Seeing these animals is a thrilling encounter and to see them a their feeding time makes this point fairly obvious. There is fierce sibling rivalry between the lions!


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