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“Awesome animals, wonderful gardens...but take out a loan if you want to drink & eat at the Zoo!”
Review of Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo
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$29.14*
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Melbourne Zoo General Entry Ticket
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$76.89*
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Cultural Melbourne City Tour
Ranked #14 of 433 things to do in Melbourne
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Owner description: Journey through a world of wildlife in the heart of Melbourne. Over 250 species from around the world can be found in the beautiful setting of Melbourne Zoo, just five minutes from the city centre. Stroll through the 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 the Orang-utans in their special elevated exhibit, explore the Trail of Elephants and then head down the bush track to see unique Australian wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, wombats and emus. Submerge yourself in our underwater world to see Victoria's iconic Little Penguins, Australian Fur Seals and more! Meet the Keeper: Hear our expert keepers give daily talks about the animals in their care. Close-up Encounters: Book a close-up encounter with one of our animals for a great photo opportunity. Melbourne Zoo is also the proud winner of the Victoria Tourism Awards RACV People’s Choice category, voted by Victorians as their Favourite Metro Attraction in both 2015 and 2016!
Reviewed January 16, 2013

It has been years since I have been to the Melbourne Zoo and it was with much excitement that we made a family outing. The gardens & enclosures and great (compared to when I was a kid!) and we really enjoyed the new Elephant area. The zoo is big, with lots of path's branching off; which can be a little frustrating and although using a paper map supplied by the zoo- we still ended up taking wrong roads on our quest to see a specific animal.

Eating areas are quite frankly terrible! We made a plan to eat early (11.30am) and luckily only had to line up for around 10 mins or so. Later in the day we saw lines stretching forever. The food selection is really average, but the price OMG. Take out a second mortgage! We spent $40 on 3 drinks,1 bucket hot chips,2 dim sims & what was meant to be beef noodles.(still searching for the beef) Luckily I bought sandwiches & water along with us too. And there is not a lot of seating areas undercover. So the small amount of tables on offer are either wet, soggy, poo riddled tables or out in the sun, bird poo riddled tables. Sitting on the lovely lawn is also an option..... if you can find a spot not already taken up by families and their picnic rugs. Have to say even Bali Zoo has a much better eating area, restaurant! (and tastier food)

The 2 year old LOVED seeing the animals, as did the 15 year old and Mum & Dad. Will we be back- YES; but best start saving now so we can afford to eat there.

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Melbourne-Zoo, Marketing at Melbourne Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded January 21, 2013

Hi, thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We are really glad that your family enjoyed discovering our animals (albeit getting a little lost), we know the Zoo is a big place with lots to see so we have recently launched an free I,phone app to help people discover the Zoo and make sure guests can find the most direct route to their favourite animals. We are sorry we didn’t live up to your expectations with our food and drink offering, advice for improvements on quality and price are always welcome. We have passed these comments on to our catering providers. Hope to see you at Melbourne Zoo again shortly.

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Reviewed January 15, 2013

We really enjoyed our day out at the zoo. The variety of animal thereis good and the enclosures are interesting and seem animal friendly. Great fun for all the family.

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Reviewed January 15, 2013

A favourite place to meet friends and enjoy the relaxed feel of the Melbourne zoo away from the hustle and bustle of cafes etc. Lookign forward to the Jazz nights this season

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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Easy access to get here from the city. Some of the animals are just not present but overall the collections are pretty good. The food stalls are ok but not so many choices. I visited it a day before Christmas but too bad the Koalas are not in the show. The open style of Kangaroo and Emus are is amusing.

Thank tuscanyid
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Love the Zoo - in many ways the gardens, infrastructure is just as important as the animals and the conservation message. Joined up as a friend of the zoo and will make sure to visit at some quieter times. Animal enclosures are some of the best in Austria and have a great atmosphere

Thank JCD1946
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