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Melbourne Zoo Tours

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Melbourne Zoo

The Melbourne Zoo has been open since 1862, making it Australia's oldest zoo. Modeled after the London Zoo, the Melbourne Zoo houses more than 300 species from around the world, from elephants and lions to Aussie natives like kangaroos and koalas. The zoo is also a conservation center dedicated to fighting wildlife extinction.

The Basics
Located north of the city center within the grounds of Royal Park, the zoo is a popular family attraction that offers several ways to see and learn about the animals. Visit to see the animals in their habitats, enjoy experiences like giraffe encounters, and take behind-the-scenes tours of the gorilla and tiger habitats. There are also keeper talks throughout the day. 

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Purchase tickets online in advance to avoid lines.
  • Visitors can save money on a visit to the zoo and other local attractions with a Melbourne sightseeing pass.
  • There are several cafes, kiosks, and food stands at the zoo.
  • The zoo is wheelchair accessible, and wheelchairs are available for guests to use.
  • You can rent a stroller on site for a fee. 

How to Get There
The zoo is located in the suburb of Parkville, just north of the city. To reach the park via public transport, catch one of the trams that run along William Street or a train from Flinders Street Station to Royal Park Station.

When to Get There
The zoo is open every day from morning until early evening; some tours start before opening hours or run into the night. The zoo is busiest on weekends and during school holidays. Keeper talks take place every 30 to 60 minutes. 

Australian Wildlife Tour
For a really unique behind-the-scenes look at the zoo and some of its animals, book the wildlife tour, which gives you access to the zoo in the morning, before it opens to the public. The 45-minute tour takes you through the Australian bush habitat to see native animals like kangaroos, koalas, emus, wombats, and exotic birds and learn about their life at the zoo.


Address: Elliot Avenue, Parkville, Melbourne, Australia
Hours: Open 9am - 5pm every day
Admission: Adults: AU$24.80, Children (4-15yrs): AU$12.40
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Melbourne

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Where’s the animals
Z5252ZIjohn
, Jan 2020
Lots of the attractions were very hard to find animals inside. But a good day out with the kids and not too busy over the holiday season.
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A waste of time and money!!
jsbach71
, Sep 2019
Hardly any animals, especially in the predator section. Zoo keepers were also rather unfriendly. Old and not well-kept.
star-5
Fun day out
lucy936
, Aug 2019
Lots to see, entertaining for little ones and adults alike. Well kept and easily spend a whole day here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Melbourne Zoo hours of operation?
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Melbourne Zoo hours of operation: Open 9am - 5pm every day. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Melbourne Zoo tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Melbourne Zoo can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 10 Melbourne Zoo tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Melbourne Zoo 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Melbourne Zoo costs USD 25.29. Guided Melbourne Zoo tours start around USD 25.29 per person. See all 10 Melbourne Zoo tickets and tours on Viator.
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