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Melbourne Zoo Review

Verdant gardens and open-environment animal enclosures are hallmarks of this world-renowned zoo, which is 4 km (2½ mi) north of the city center. A lion park, reptile house, and butterfly pavilion where more than 1,000 butterflies flutter through the rain-forest setting are on site, as is a simulated African rain forest where a group of Western Lowland gorillas lives. The spectacular Trail of the Elephants, home of seven Asiatic elephants, has a village, tropical gardens, and a swimming pool. The orangutan sanctuary and baboon outlook are other highlights. It's possible to stay overnight with the Roar 'n' Snore package (A$195 per adult) and enjoy dinner, supper, breakfast, close encounters with animals, and a behind-the-scenes look at the zoo's operations. Twilight jazz bands serenade visitors on summer evenings. Children are free.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Elliott Ave., Parkville, Melbourne, VIC 3052 | Map It
  • Phone: 03/9285–9300
  • Cost: A$26.80, children free.
  • Hours: Daily 9–5, select summer evenings to 9 or 9:30.
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  • Location: South Yarra–Prahran
Updated: 01-15-2014

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