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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.
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.
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:
Get up close and personal with some of the animals at certain exhibits such as:
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!
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.
The zoo is located within Royal Park on Elliot Avenue in Parkville, which is not far from the Melbourne Central Business District.
Parkville VIC 3052
(03) 9285 9300
Tram 55 runs from William Street in the city centre every day, stopping directly outside Melbourne Zoo.
Trains run from Flinders Street Station on the Upfield line every day, stopping at Melbourne Zoo’s own Royal Park Station.
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.
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.
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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