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Melbourne Zoo

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  1. Photograph: Paul Philipson
    Photograph: Paul Philipson
  2. Photograph: Paul Philipson
    Photograph: Paul Philipson
  3. Photograph: Paul Philipson
    Photograph: Paul Philipson
  4. Photograph: Paul Philipson
    Photograph: Paul Philipson
  5. Photograph: Paul Philipson
    Photograph: Paul Philipson

Time Out says

When’s the last time you went on a Melbourne Zoo adventure?

Every trip to Melbourne Zoo is different. Despite being Australia’s oldest zoo, this vibrant animal world is constantly evolving, with new exhibits, events, and of course, creatures great and small. 

A trip to Melbourne Zoo done right takes a day. The largest exhibit is the majestic Wild Sea, where penguins and seals bask on land before slipping into clear waters and showcasing their elegant aquatic skills. Another highlight is the sprawling Orang-utan Sanctuary, where a family of beautiful, intelligent orang-utans swing from tree to tree, play with each other and feed high off the ground. Then there’s the Trail of the Elephant: an immersive Asian village and garden where five Asian elephants thrive. 

We could go on and on about the lions, lemurs, meerkats, butterflies and native animals that you’ll encounter, but we’ll let you discover it all for yourself. Throughout your Melbourne Zoo experience, you’ll learn about all the conservation work that happens behind the scenes; saving wildlife, conserving habitats and raising awareness of initiatives like palm oil labelling. For children and adults alike, a trip to Melbourne Zoo is a way to reconnect with our animal friends and gain a closer understanding of the delicate ecosystems of the world.

Can't see enough during the day? Melbourne Zoo also runs 'Roar 'n' Snore' overnight camp, where you can sleep at the zoo in the historical elephant exhibit. Drift off to sleep listening to the calls of the animals, and when you wake in the morning you'll be able to meet the keepers and meet an animal up close before the zoo opens for the day. Melbourne Zoo provides tents and camping mattresses; and dinner, supper, and breakfast. Roar 'n' Snore also includes admission to the zoo the next day, so you can spend the whole day exploring animals you heard in the night.

If it’s been a while between visits, then there’s a world of adventure waiting for you.

Children aged 0-15 get in for free on weekends and public holidays (Mon-Fri $19), and adult tickets are $38.

Rose Johnstone
Written by
Rose Johnstone


Elliott Ave
Nearby stations: Royal Park, Buses: Royal Park
Up to $38
Opening hours:
Daily 9am-5pm
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