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This is basic Information for the Australian Melbourne Zoo helping you get there, find your way around and anything else that will make the experience an enjoyable one.

The Royal Melbourne Zoo is Australia's first being built in 1862 and now houses over 460 animal species.

Some of these animals are on the highly endangered list with their numbers dangerously low.

All the animals are housed in humane modern exhibition sections scattered throughout the grounds and well looked after by qualified and dedicated zoo staff.

Navigate The Melbourne Zoo

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Zoo Information And History

Animals were originally displayed at the Royal Botanic Gardens and then in the Richmond Paddocks along the Yarra River.

In 1862 the animals were moved to Royal park.

The layout of the Melbourne Zoo was modeled after the London Zoo with lots of formal gardens.

In the early days the elephants were used for rides, Queenie being one of the favorite elephants, however this practice ceased in 1961 due to an unfortunate incident.

I even remember as an early child in the 50's riding on an elephant through the zoo lawns.

Historical Photo Of Queenie The Elephant At The Melbourne Zoo

At the Zoo Children's Hour artists 'Happy memories of 3LO Melbourne'

Circa 1930's At the Zoo Children's Hour artists 'Happy memories of 3LO Melbourne' compliments of

Now the elephants live in the modern and spacious Trail of the Elephants.

Over the years the Zoo has been remodeled and redeveloped and there are more humane enclosures always being built.

One relic of the Melbourne Zoo is the restored and heritage listed 19th Century English-made-Merry-Go-Round.

Now beautifully restored it operates in the Carousel Park at the Zoo between the hours of 11:30 and 2:00pm during weekends, public holidays and school holidays.

Melbourne Zoo Carousel

Where Is The Melbourne Zoo?

It is situated just on the outskirts of the central business district.

Just click the blue icon on the map below for directions or click through to a larger map.

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Elliot Avenue



Melways reference 43 E1

How To get To The Melbourne Zoo

By Road

If you are traveling in by car just click on the map above and follow the prompts. You will be given an exact route to travel from your starting point.

Parking is available for a very small fee, just follow the directions from Elliot Street.

Public Transport

  • Tram 55 runs from Williams Street Monday through to Sunday stopping outside the Melbourne Zoo Main Entrance
  • Trains run from Flinders Street Station on the Upfield or Gowrie lines 7 days a week. The train stops at the Melbourne Zoo's station, Royal Park. Check Metlink for information on the train lines timetable.

Royal Park Train Station - The Melbourne Zoo Stop

Royal Park Train Station - The Melbourne Zoo Stop

The Facilities At Teh Melbourne Zoo

Where to Eat - Important Zoo Information

Apart from packing a delicious picnic there are plenty of places within the grounds to either snack or sit down dine.

  • Cafe De'Zoo - for snacks, take away fast food and drinks, situated at the main entrance, Elliot Street
  • Mek Kapah Cafe - Asian style food and snacks located within the Trail of the Elephants Exhibit
  • Plaza Kiosk - fast food and take away just off the main drive near the new Marine Exhibit Site
  • Lakeside Bistro - indoor and outdoor sit down dining, licensed. Situated opposite the Plaza Kiosk

A Little Bit of Asia at the Melbourne Zoo - Eatery And Gift Shop

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There are plenty of open spaces for you to set up your very own picnic. Whether it be a rug on the lawn or a picnic table and chairs, you are sure to enjoy the experience while listening to all the different noises that the animals are making.

Picnic At Melbourne Zoo

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The Zoo Shops

  • Gifts and souvenirs can be purchased at the main entrance shop and at the rail entrance
  • The Trail of Elephants has great elephant souvenirs for sale along with Asian handcrafts
  • The Lakeside Bistro also has souvenirs and gifts for sale

The Melbourne Zoo Shop

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Access And Conveniences

  • Wheelchairs can be hired for free; contact the Melbourne Zoo direct for more zoo information
  • Pushers can be hired at the Zoo Shop at the main entrance. There is a fee; contact the Zoo direct for extra zoo information.
  • You may also hire lockers at both entrances.

Melbourne Zoo Phone Number: (03) 9285 9300

Zoo Information - Admission To The Zoo

Please check with the official Melbourne Zoo site for any price updates:

As of July 2010;

Adults--$24:80 16 and over

Children--$12:40 4 through to 15

Concession--$19:20 16 and over

Seniors Concession--$22:30

Discounted Family Passes are available as well as reduced disabled admission.

Carers are admitted for free.

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Zoo Information - Open Hours

The Zoo is open between 9:00am and 5:00pm every day of the year.

Allow a good 3 hours to see all the animals and if you wish to Meet the Keeper these are the special times...

Meet the Keeper Presentations:

  • Gorillas 9:45am
  • Giant Tortoises 11:00am
  • Wombats 11:00am
  • Koalas 11:30am
  • Meerkats 11:30am
  • Giraffes 11:45am
  • Baboons 1:30pm
  • Seals 3:45pm

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Want to know what animals are exhibited at the Melbourne Zoo?

Hop on over to the Zoo Exhibits page for more zoo information.

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