Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne

Journey through a world of wildlife in the heart of Melbourne at Melbourne Zoo. You won’t believe how many animals are at here! Over 320 species from around the world can be found in a natural setting just five minutes from the city center. Stroll through the lush Asian and African rainforests, where tigers roam and monkeys swing from tree to tree. See eye to eye with orangutans in their special elevated exhibit and walk the Trail of the Elephants. Spy unique native wildlife in the Australian Bush setting and head into an underwater world showcasing playful penguins and seals! Use our Melbourne trip planner to visit Melbourne Zoo on your trip to Melbourne, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This is a great way to spend a day with children, the butterfly enclosure is a must do. You can buy lunch but we took a picnic. Make sure you wear sunscreen and glasses and take water  more »
  • We recently took my mother to the zoo. She is in her late eighties and we hired a wheelchair, by booking through reception a few days beforehand, at no expense, to enable my mother to tour the zoo. It...  more »
  • I had a membership for 3 zoos and Melbourne Zoo can surely be rated as the best amongst the 3. My kids loved every moment spent here. Key highlights are the butterfly house, elephants and the tigers. ...  more »
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  • I was thoroughly impressed with the Melbourne Zoo! Wow! The zoo has been extensively redeveloped over the years and it is simply stunning to see such incredible creatures up close and in very natural environments. We took our two year old toddler who just loved the Orangutans and the Butterfly House. The giraffes and elephants are simply amazing. There are nice cool forest environments to walk through and the animals are very well cared for. They all seem healthy and content. We were also pleased with the options available for lunch with a bakery, a pizzeria, and an Asian-style and Western-style cafe. Parking was not too expensive, with the fee being $2 for 5 hours. I cannot recommend this experience highly enough. I Loved!
  • NOTES: 1- avoid going middays especially on sunny days as all the animals hide from the sun. Which makes spotting them nearly impossible. 2- Buy your tickets online... Saves you from a long queue. 3- the map they hand you is actually upside down if you enter from the entrance of the Tram side... Plenty of animals and great staff... They are all willing to help you anytime and explain about the animals viewed.
  • Wonderful zoo with lots of flora and fauna in a big open space. This zoo has lots to offer for visitors. I particularly enjoyed myself watching the giraffes, the tigers, the lions, gorillas, the ever curious meerkats and the playful hyenas. Food is moderately priced, but it would be nice to bring your own picnic n chill on the lawn. I went to the zoo again with my son on Saturday (beautiful weather!) and we were excited to see that they had a Trolls party event going on for zoo members. Members were supposed to receive an email on it, but we did not receive any email on this event. Nonetheless, we enjoyed ourselves. Plus for families who do not drive, the train station (Royal Park) is just a convenient minute’s walk from the zoo.
  • Looking a bit scruffy in certain areas ... They could possibly invest in a couple of brooms and show the staff how to use them ! Numerous areas were closed off too so we didn't get to see everything despite paying for full price tickets. One of the elephant viewing areas was a huge puddle ... It wouldn't have taken a minute to clear it with one of the brooms they obviously haven't got ! The good bits are excellent but the poor bits certainly let the zoo down. The manager needs to get out the office & have a good look around !!
  • Awesome Zoo spread across a huge green area in the middle of the city. Requires roughly about 4 to 5 hours to cover the entire park. The Zoo is very well maintained and the staff is great. The park is well planned with ample eatouts, cafes and rest rooms. The good thing is it is free entry for kids on weekends.

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The hub of tourist and commercial activity, the center of Melbourne remains the best place to stay if you're looking to splurge and enjoy every possible modern amenity during your visit. Travelers on a limited budget can search for cozy yet less expensive rooms in the seaside suburb of St Kilda or the bohemian neighborhood of Fitzroy. Though the city center offers more than a fair share of mid-range lodging options, you'll also find plenty of rooms in this price bracket in the quieter suburbs.
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