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Melbourne Zoo
1 Elliott Avenue
Parkville
VIC
3052
Tel: 03 9285 9300

Where are we going today?

Who's excited to visit some really cute animals!? We certainly are! Formerly known as the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens, Melbourne Zoo is great animal fun for the whole family! There are over 300 species of animals, reptiles and birds, spread across 22 hectares of amazing exhibits!

That's a lot of ground to cover..literally...so we better get started!

The great thing about Melbourne Zoo, is that it's not just animal interactions and experiences that the kids get to enjoy. It's also a great place for kids to learn ALL about the animals we have on our amazing planet. There's no need to climb the mountains of Asia, or scour the plains of Africa. Melbourne Zoo have brought the animal world to you!

Melbourne Zoo has a host of weird and wonderful creatures. You will find your favourites such as the Asian Elephant, the fur seal, lions, meerkats, gorillas, tigers and zebras.  Kids will get such an excitement seeing these animals that they have seen in pictures and books - right in front of them!

There are also creatures that the family might not even have heard of before - like the coati, the tamarin, and the bongo! See, you're learning already!

Melbourne Zoo is more than just looking at animals - it's an experience!

Growing Wild is their interactive natural style play area designed especially for children aged 3 to 8 years. There is plenty of imaginative nature themed play equipment plus the playground itself is interspersed with close up live exhibits like Meerkats, Giant Tortoises and Brush Turkeys, reptiles and insects.

The Keeper Kids playspace lets kids experience what it would be like to work at a zoo as a keeper, and they can stimulate their imagination and connect with nature. 

The Butterfly House lets kids roam among hundreds of beautifully coloured butterflies, Wild Sea is the zoo's biggest exhibit letting you explore the ocean, and the Orang-utan Sanctuary lets you explore this fun treetop home!

There is SO much more to discover at Melbourne Zoo - you better get started then!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$30.80
  • Children$13.60 (Ages 4 to 15) - weekdays and outside holidays
  • Free Under: Under 15s are free on weekends, and public holidays. Under 3 years free anytime!
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am - 5pm daily

All year round.

Teachers corner

They love teaching students about the animals and conservation, and they have great hands-on learning experiences for the students! Give them a call to arrange. .

I'm Hungry!

There's a kiosk, bakery, take-away, cafe...all offering any foods you want, from pies, pastries, sausage rolls, burgers, fish and chips, ice creams....yum!.

Healthy Eating!

Some of the cafes offer healthy sandwiches, and the bistro offer vegetarian and gluten free options .

Any Top Tips?

Check out the amazing Wild Encounters program which give kids incredible opportunities to feed animals, and even stay overnight!.

Doing our bit

They are committed to ensuring that no Victorian terrestrial vertebrate species goes extinct - that's pretty amazing!.

Need a little extra help?

Melbourne Zoo has an easy-to-follow pathway system, with access for people using wheelchairs and pushers. Wheelchairs are also available for free hire. There are five sets of accessible toilets. If you are mobility-impaired, they have guide mobile tours available too..

Baby Facilities

There are baby changing areas available.

Can I get one of those?

There are a number of zoo shops to pick up those fun animal related items to take home!.

More information

Don't forget your camera!.

What people are saying?

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    verry poor weeds every where strugled to see annimals i love zoo's but was verry dissapointed with this one.

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    The way to get the best experience at the zoo is to get there early or go on the roar n snoar zoo snooze camp and not all australian people teach their kids the wrong thing because I know people who are great parents and love animals who would yell at their kids if they were throwing stuff at them

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    Visited today (07/09/14) this Zoo has a serious staff problem!!! There was but one member seen the entire day (besides at entries). On our tour on many an occasion on many an exhibit there would be public IDIOTS either banging, knocking, slapping or yelling at the animals thinking this would entice reactions. In one instance I had to prevent two kids (forgiven for being kids) from throwing rubbish in the open aquarium. Though seconds later a FATHER (on Father's Day) in front of his kids spat in the aquarium and then proceeded to wade his hands in...Read More

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    I have been to better zoo's in the past but i do really like Melbourne zoo. I think the staff are very friendly and show genuine interest in their job and the animals.
    As i walk round a zoo i always wonder if the animals are happy or not. One of the members of staff assured me that the animals are well looked after and spoilt. He said the animals live years longer than what they would in the wild.
    Despite this i do think the animal enclosures could be a little bigger. Especially the larger animals like elephants, giraffes and gorrilas.
    I think...Read More

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    I have been to hundreds of zoos and this rates low. I have been to zoos with far less animals and facilities and been impressed because they work well but this is a farce. The awful visitors should be in cages not the animals. I went in half term which was a huge mistake because Australians clearly don't care to teach their children right and wrong. I saw kids screaming and climbing over everything including the open enclosures! Kids were kicking sand in the face of a sleeping kangaroo with 2 staff members watching apparently too nervous to say...Read More

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by Adam Wright

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Visited today (07/09/14) this Zoo has a serious staff problem!!! There was but one member seen the entire day (besides at entries). On our tour on many an occasion on many an exhibit there would be public IDIOTS either banging, knocking, slapping or yelling at the animals thinking this would entice reactions. In one instance I had to prevent two kids (forgiven for being kids) from throwing rubbish in the open aquarium. Though seconds later a FATHER (on Father's Day) in front of his kids spat in the aquarium and then proceeded to wade his hands in the water!!! WTF. Explain Melbourne Zoo! If no funds for staff then shut your doors or find volunteers to police this crap. Work it out!!!! I've carried on enough, and told only a small portion of goings on at this circus.

by Jessica Friend

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I have been to better zoo's in the past but i do really like Melbourne zoo. I think the staff are very friendly and show genuine interest in their job and the animals.
As i walk round a zoo i always wonder if the animals are happy or not. One of the members of staff assured me that the animals are well looked after and spoilt. He said the animals live years longer than what they would in the wild.
Despite this i do think the animal enclosures could be a little bigger. Especially the larger animals like elephants, giraffes and gorrilas.
I think the monkey enclosure is pretty great. They seems to be getting up to alot of monkey mischeif and loved posing for the camera.
I actually lost my phone while being at the zoo & lucky for me it was handed in by a member of staff.
The location of the zoo is great, its easy to get to and in the middle of public transport.
I think it could be a little more sign posted as its a little confusing to get around and not miss anything but the layout and maintenance of the zoo is really good.
I will definitely visit again more in the summer.

by Lucie Graham

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I have been to hundreds of zoos and this rates low. I have been to zoos with far less animals and facilities and been impressed because they work well but this is a farce. The awful visitors should be in cages not the animals. I went in half term which was a huge mistake because Australians clearly don't care to teach their children right and wrong. I saw kids screaming and climbing over everything including the open enclosures! Kids were kicking sand in the face of a sleeping kangaroo with 2 staff members watching apparently too nervous to say anything... and the worse thing... when the kids aren't doing it then their parents are encouraging them. Banging on the glass, screaming, pulling feathers off the emu, climbing into enclosures, fingers through the fencing (Inc big cats!)... This is a case of animal welfare!! Also the signage is awful, no chance of education here. Not all enclosures have signage and those that do provide limited info. I heard 2 parents arguing about whether the tapir was a bear or boar before the kid said it was a dog.

It wasn't all bad, the enclosures were quite nice and there was a good selection of animals. But if this was in the UK I think we could petition your closure based on what I saw today based on animal welfare.

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