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Melbourne Zoo

Tiger at Melbourne Zoo © safetypinheart
Tiger at Melbourne Zoo © safetypinheart

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 breath-taking botanic garden setting that extends 55 acres, including more than four different ecosystems and an impressive 70,000 plant specimens.

Address: Elliott Avenue, Parkville

Website: www.zoo.org.au

Telephone: 1300 966 784

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: $31.60 (adults), $15.80 (children aged 4 - 15). Concessions are available and children under 16 get in free on weekends and holidays.