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“Good Day Out” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo
Elliot Ave | Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria 3052, Australia
1300 966 784
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Ranked #21 of 207 attractions in Melbourne
Type: Zoos, Gardens
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Owner description: Journey through a world of wildlife in the heart of Melbourne. Over 320 species from around the world can be found in a beautiful natural setting just five minutes from the city centre. Stroll through the lush Asian and African rainforests, where tigers roam and monkeys swing from tree to tree. Then take the time to stop and see eye to eye with Orangutans in their special elevated exhibit. Explore the Trail of the Elephants and the unique native wildlife in the Australian bush setting. Head into the underwater world at the Wild Seas exhibit showcasing penguins, seals and more! Don’t miss: Growing Wild: Discover our new interactive exhibit filled with animals, sculptures and tunnels for kids to play in. Meet the Keeper: Hear our expert keepers give daily talks about the animals in their care. Behind the Scenes Encounters: Head behind the scenes to meet and help look after your favorite animal. Close-up Encounters: Book a close-up encounter with one of our animals for a great photo opportunity.
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Good Day Out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Went with 3 friends (all aged 25 - 30) and had a great day. Well laid out, everything really comes off a centre point, the layout is fairly flat, easy walking. It was a reasonably hot day but there was a decent amount of shade from the trees, and some rest areas.

There is plenty of grass area for picnic, which we didn't do, but if I went again for a full day I would make the effect to pack a picnic, the food we had was pretty simple cafe stuff, and at classic Zoo prices, but if you expect anything else at attractions like this then you must be deluded.

Like a lot of Zoos, the animals never want to come up close and say G'day, but there was enough action to keep us pretty happy and talkative about what we seen. The "rolling" orang-utan's were very funny, and the Seal show was great too. Also, hang around the Lion's area for a while, hearing them roar, which happened a few times, was absolutely incredible! Slightly frightening, we heard it as we were walking there, and we practically ran as we thought they must be fighting! But nope, just regular ol' roaring!

Wish they would put up signs if an enclosure is empty though, its frustrating to search for something and not being able to find it.

Also, Meer Cats, omg, cutest ever!

Visited February 2013
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“awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

was great kids loved it, food was nice ,bathrooms were clean. enclosures for animals were pretty good. Parking was okay. loved the animals

Visited March 2013
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“day at the zoo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Well laid out zoo - be prepared for plenty of walking in the heat. Animals very docile due to heat. Plenty of eateries and good range of foods available - but a bit pricey!!!!

Visited March 2013
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“Been lots of times”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Theres always something on at the zoo and I have never been and not seen lots of animals which can happen. I have been to many zoos across the world including San Diego zoo and honestly believe that Melbourne Zoo is up there as one of the better zoos. There seems to be more shows and feedings than on offer at other places.

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“Always enjoyable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We try to visit annually to see our favourite exhibits and check out the newer ones. Easy to get around as mostly flat, volunteer zoo guides available for booking or just roaming the grounds, not bad toilet facilities and some lawn areas for sitting and picnicking. Drinks and food available at a couple of locations

Visited November 2012
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