Housing more than 350 different animal species, Melbourne Zoo is a worthy attraction, even by the standards of a country famous for nature conservation and interesting animals. Built in 1862, certain areas of the zoo have been preserved as historic zones, demonstrating to visitors the significant changes the zoo has undergone. Famous for its endemic inhabitants such as the kangaroo, wallaby, koala and wombat, the zoo also has elephants in the Asian Rainforest area, a gorilla exhibit, an Orangutan Sanctuary and Butterfly House. Little more than two miles (4km) from Melbourne city centre the zoo is situated in a breathtaking botanic garden setting that extends 55 acres, including more than four different ecosystems and an impressive 70,000 plant specimens.
Address: Elliott Avenue, Parkville
Telephone: (03) 9285 9300
Transport: Tram 55 from William Street, or train from Flinders Street Station to Royal Park Station
Opening times: Open daily from 9am to 5pm.
Admission: $30 (adults), $13.20 (children). Concessions are available and children get in free on holidays.