Royal Melbourne Zoo

Royal Melbourne Zoo information

Location
Melbourne , Australia
Address
Elliott Ave
Parkville
Telephone
+61 3 9285 9300
Getting there
Train: Royal Park
Tram: 55
Bus: 505
More information
www.zoo.org.au
Prices
adult/child $30/13.20, children free on weekends/holidays
Opening hours
9am-5pm
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Established in 1861, this is the oldest zoo in Australia and the third oldest in the world. Today it's one of the city’s most popular attractions. Set in spacious, prettily landscaped gardens, the zoo’s enclosures aim to simulate the animals’ natural habitats. Walkways pass through the enclosures: you can stroll through the bird aviary, cross a bridge over the lions’ park or enter a tropical hothouse full of colourful butterflies.

There’s also a large collection of native animals in natural bush settings, a platypus aquarium, fur seals, lions and tigers, plenty of reptiles, and an ‘Am I in Asia?’ elephant enclosure.

In summer, the zoo hosts Twilight Concerts , while Roar ‘n’ Snore allows you to camp at the zoo and join the keepers on their morning feeding rounds.