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Wildlife & zoos

Featuring a state of the art aquarium and award-winning zoos along with abundant parklands teeming with native wildlife, you don't have to go far in Melbourne to experience the wonders of the natural world.

Animals from around the world

See Melbourne Zoo's newest arrival, Mali the baby elephant, and discover the incredible orang-utan sanctuary. Head to the city to visit the colourful and scary creatures of the deep at Melbourne Aquarium, or take the train to Werribee and see rhinos, giraffes, zebras and hippos on grassy plains.

Native wildlife

The city’s parks and gardens are home to a wide range of wildlife. Spot brush-tailed and ringtail possums in the Fitzroy and Treasury gardens on winter evenings, and admire the abundant birdlife including rosellas and lorikeets. Spend a day at the Royal Botanic Gardens, a natural sanctuary for native wildlife such as the black swans, cockatoos and kookaburras.

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Wildlife, zoos & farms

Animal Land Children's Farm

Animal Land Children's Farm - the ultimate family experience. Looking for the perfect day out for the whole family, then do not miss your chance to...

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Chesterfield Farm

Come to Chesterfield Farm and experience a little bit of farm life in the city, on a real working farm. Milk a cow, feed and play with the baby farm...

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Collingwood Children's Farm

Collingwood Children's Farm is only five kilometres from the centre of Melbourne, nestled on a bend of the Yarra River lies seven hectares of...

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Melbourne Zoo

Get up close with more than 250 species as you explore rainforests, bushland and underwater worlds. Don't miss the zookeeper talks and feeding times!

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Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Cuddle koalas, feed kangaroos and wallabies, and meet other endangered species at this award-winning ecotourism park set in beautiful bushland.

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Myuna Farm

Myuna Farm is a well-known community farm, located along the banks of Dandenong Creek in south-east Melbourne. The farm offers plenty of activities...

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SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Dive deep to discover life beneath the Southern Ocean; walk under tunnels filled with sharks and rays, or ride a simulated underwater rollercoaster.

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Werribee Open Range Zoo

Join a wildlife safari, Melbourne style, and spot rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras and monkeys as they roam freely through the grounds of the zoo.

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Family activities

There's plenty of things to do for the whole family in Melbourne from interactive museums and kids' festivals to zoos and wildlife parks.

Nature & wildlife

Parks and gardens

Discover abundant parks and leafy gardens in Melbourne and take a break from the hectic pace of the city with a relaxing stroll or picnic on the lawn.

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Beaches

Relax in the summer sun on calm bay beaches across Melbourne from the popular swimming spots at St Kilda to the landmark bathing huts at Brighton.

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Outdoor activities

Make the most of the rivers, parks and coastline Melbourne has to offer with a range of outdoor activities to suit your interests and lifestyle.