Melbourne Zoo

Parkville, VIC

Where are we going?

Melbourne Zoo
Elliott Ave
Parkville VIC 3052

03 9285 9300

What is there to do?

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 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!

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!

Family Deals: Family deals from $74.60 weekdays except school holidays


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.


When can we go?

9am - 5pm daily

All year round.


Any top tips?

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

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 - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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