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Don't you find Nature amazing?
Being able to see the animals that you would never normally see, without travelling thousands of miles, is such a thrilling thing to do and to be able to do that right in the heart of the city, is incredible.
The Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens, Parkville, present the world's most unique species of animals from all over the world.
The Zoo does this in as stress free an environment as possible, so that you may enjoy an encounter that you will never forget and at the same time protect the animals from feeling stressed out.
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.
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.
Once you arrive at the zoo you will immediately notice that it is being maintained beautifully. The best of the old, historic architecture has been preserved.
The entrance features art deco architecture. Wandering through the zoo precinct you will find more art deco structures that have been lovingly preserved.
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!
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 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! 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 Zoo is the restored and heritage listed 19th Century English-made-Merry-Go-Round.
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 in Melbourne.
As you wander through the zoo exhibits, done thing that I highly recommend is to take a nostalgic ride on this historic carousel.
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.
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.
Admission To The Zoo
Please check with the official Melbourne Zoo site for any price updates:
Purchase tickets on line here at Royal Melbourne Zoo site
Each day, the zoo offers 'Meet the Keeper' experiences. Here is where you can hear their expert keepers talk about the animals in their care, and the conservation work being done for various species.
If you wish to Meet the Keepers, then these are the special times these talks are held ...
Where To Eat
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.
The Zoo Shops
Access And Conveniences
Melbourne Zoo Phone Number: (03) 9285 9300
Here is a short introduction to some of the incredible animals that you will find at the Melbourne Zoo.
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