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Over 250 species from around the world can be found in the beautifully landscaped settings of Melbourne Zoo, just five minutes from the city centre.

Stroll through lush Asian and African rainforests, Australian bushland and even underwater! Walk where tigers roam and monkeys swing from tree to tree. See eye-to-eye with Orang-utans in their special elevated exhibit, explore the Trail of Elephants, then head down the bush track to see unique Australian wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, wombats and emus. Submerge yourself in their underwater world to see Victoria's iconic Little Penguins and Australian Fur Seals.

There is something new to see and do each season at Melbourne Zoo. The new Lion Gorge experience will have you come face-to-face with the magnificent African Lion bachelor group. Lion presentations are daily at 1.20pm, when three lion brothers share lunch. In the experience you will also see the new African Wild Dog pack settling into their new home, as well as be amazed by the critically endangered Philippines Crocodile.

Let the kids free at Growing Wild, a world-first exhibit focused on creating play opportunities and nurturing an early love of nature. The exhibit is filled with animals, sculptures, tunnels and sounds, so kids can scramble, crawl, climb or stand look-out like a meerkat. See the irresistible Ring-tailed Lemurs up close inside Melbourne Zoo's walk-through Lemur Island exhibit! This new multi-million dollar experience is designed to bring visitors and lemurs together in the same space, getting you closer to the lemurs than ever before.

Zoo keeper talks and feeding times are a great opportunity for visitors to find out more about the fascinating world of wildlife and the conservation programs Melbourne Zoo supports.

Children under 16 years of age receive free entry every weekend, during Victorian Government school holidays and on Victorian public holidays.

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Melbourne Zoo is located only minutes from the city centre, within Royal Park. Car parking is available ($2 for five hours) or visitors can take the tram or train to reach the Zoo. Tram 55 from William Street in the city centre runs daily, stopping directly outside Melbourne Zoo. Trains run from Flinders Street Station on the Upfield line, stopping at Melbourne Zoo’s own Royal Park Station. Bus route 505 from Moonee Ponds to Melbourne University stops outside Melbourne Zoo. The Melbourne City Shuttle also visits Melbourne Zoo several times daily. For further instructions visit the Melbourne Zoo website.

  • Café
  • Car park
  • Catering
  • Child activities
  • Coach parking
  • Guide
  • Lockers
  • Photographic service
  • Public toilet
  • Restaurant - licensed
  • Birdwatching
  • Lessons/tutorials
  • Animal Viewing
Tourism awards:
  • 2013 - Victorian Tourism Awards
  • 2013 - Australian Tourism Awards
  • 1997 - Victorian Tourism Awards
Opening hours:

Open every day, including Christmas Day and all Public Holidays. On selected summer evenings they are open late (to 9:30pm) for Zoo Twilights concert series. See website for more details.

  • Daily
    9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Inbound Tour Operators Association
Contact operator for further details.