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No two Melbourne Zoo visits are ever the same. Sure, we've all got our favourite animals – chilled-out lions, cheeky monkeys, heart-warming elephant families – but in addition to looking after creatures great and small, the staff at Melbourne Zoo are constantly creating brand new experiences to enhance visitors' experiences. Here are four of our top picks, but for the full list of activities, visit the website and start planning your Zoo adventure.
Australia Day at Munich Brauhaus
The Munich Brahaus will be celebrating Australia Day with an all day party in the beer hall and beyond. They'll be hosting a special summer barbecue from 2pm, dishing out grilled corn on the cob, bratwurst, grilled chicken, veggie skewers and more delicious summer food. There will also be a drinks special which includes a peach, strawberry, mango and passionfruit Summer Schnapps Bellinis and buckets of craft beer including the Munich Lager. You can also stay tuned into Triple J’s Hottest 100 throughout the day, which will be streaming right across the dining hall, beer garden and bars. If you're a sports fan, you can also catch the Australian Open semi-final, screened live all day.
Experience royally good entertainment at Kingpin Bowling
It’s bowling but, not as you know it. Kingpin at Crown Melbourne has undergone a major makeover that now boasts four luxe entertainment spaces to bowl, wine and dine. Open seven days a week from 10am to 2am, Kingpin is crowned by The Hub; a contemporary party area featuring 12 state-of-the-art bowling lanes and over 3,000 bowling pins secured to the ceiling. Punters can sit and dine or order mouth-watering dishes and cocktails straight to their lanes. The menu features share dishes (think hot wings, nachos and sliders), a barbecue pork rib feast for you and your crew and slow cooked beef brisket. Kick back at the Patrón sponsored cocktail bar, Room 300, and select from a delicious drinks menu or order cocktails on tap. Table and bottle service is available for those seeking the royal treatment or, you can book your VIP crew into Pins Royale; an exclusive event space fitted with mahogany lanes and gold bowling balls. If you need a break from the lanes, there are also pool tables to test your skills, while a DJ spins all night. Revellers can also play on at Playtime. Choose your weapon, enter a new reality, shoot old school hoops or experience cutting-edge driving games with over 150 games to keep you entertained.
The Art of Banksy
A Banksy retrospective, featuring more than 80 of his best-known works, and exhibited in a gallery space. Does it sound like something that the British artist – an anti-establishment icon – would ever approve? No, it doesn’t – and it’s not. The Art of Banksy is an entirely unauthorised exhibition, curated by the famously anonymous artist’s former agent, Steve Lazarides. The pair, who are both from Bristol, go back many years to the days when Lazarides took photos of Banksy’s work for the now-defunct Sleazenation magazine. These days, he owns Lazarides Rathbone gallery in London, and is recognised as a key figure in bringing street art into galleries. Several years ago, he realised that many of his clients owned Banksy works, some of which had never been seen by the public. Soon, the idea of doing a retrospective took hold. Lazarides didn’t feel the need to seek Banksy’s approval – not that he would’ve received it anyway. For reasons he’d rather not talk about, the pair haven’t spoken for eight years. “He probably fucking hates it,” he says, laughing. “But I think [Banksy] genuinely belongs to the general public. He made himself public property… and I haven’t taken anything off the street – I’ve just put a collection of works together for people to enjoy the art of Banksy.” Not everyone agrees with this sentiment. Two days before the exhibition opened, Melbourne street artist Matt ‘Adnate’ painted a version of Caravaggio’s 'The Taking of Christ' directly onto the entranc