What to do in Melbourne – Melbourne Zoo
Here is some helpful information if you are planning to visit the Melbourne Zoo on your next holiday to Melbourne
Where is the Zoo?
Melbourne Zoo is located only minutes north from the city centre, within Royal Park, at Elliott Ave, Parkville
How to get there
Driving – Car parking costs $2 for five hours. There is parking at the front and back entrances to the zoo
By Tram – Tram 55 runs from William Street in the city centre every day, stopping directly outside Melbourne Zoo.
By Train – Trains run from Flinders Street Station on the Upfield line every day, stopping at Melbourne Zoo’s own Royal Park Station.
By Bus – Bus route 505 from Moonee Ponds to Melbourne University stops outside Melbourne Zoo.
9am to 5pm – 365 days
Children 0 to 3 years – free everyday
Children 4 to 15 years – Saturdays, Sundays, Public holidays and school holidays – Free
Children 4 to 15 years – Monday to Friday (outside holidays) – $13.60
Best time to go
Early in the morning or the last few hours of the day as crowds can get big especially on weekends.
What’s great for the kids
Keeper Kids – In the Keeper Kids indoor playspace, kids can immerse themselves in role-play and exploration. There are a fun range of activities designed to stimulate the imagination and nurture a connection with the natural world. There are great dress-ups and props to enhance the experience, including binoculars, stethoscopes, and a variety of plush toy animals. Kids will learn about the range of duties that go along with working at the zoo, find out about the diets of different animals and prepare mock meals for various species.
Growing Wild – Growing Wild is an interactive area designed especially for children aged 3 to 8 years. This exhibit is filled with animals, sculptures, tunnels and sounds, so children can scramble, crawl and climb – or stand look-out like a meerkat. Meet Meerkats, Giant Tortoises, Brush Turkeys, reptiles, insects and other animals that live on the ground.
Play ground – In the middle of the zoo is a great play ground and carousal to burn off same energy and parents to grab a few minutes break
Other popular attractions is the Butterfly House, Elephants and the seal enclosures.
Something for the parents
Up Close Encounters – Up Close Encounters bring you face-to-face with some of the zoos most popular personalities. Meet the passionate and knowledgeable staff who will guide you into your favourite animals’ exhibit for a chance to meet these amazing animals and pose for a photo together.
Our favourite thing
Our favourite is the seals enclosure – The zoo’s seal colony can be seen swooping and diving through their five-meter-deep pool, enjoying its coastal currents. Elegant underwater, they can seem awkward on land, where they moult, breed and rest.
Where can we eat
There are many food options at the zoo. There is a Bistro, Bakery and a number of Kiosks. Why not take your own food and have a picnic in the many designated picnic areas
How we can make your trip easier
We have a large range of pram that are suitable for a zoo outing. There are sections of pathway that are dirt so bigger wheels will make for a more comfortable ride. We recommend the Baby Jogger City Mini GT.
Further information – www.zoo.org.au/melbourne