If there is one place you are sure to take the kids in Melbourne – it is the Melbourne Zoo. And for good reason!
This decent size zoo is the perfect day out for either a Melbourne family or visitors to the city. If you want to get around the entire place, you are going to want to spend the best part of the day here.
You will find all the main animals at Melbourne Zoo – there are over 300 species!
There is an Australian section with all the Australian animals you would expect to see. Our kids particularly like the kangaroo section as they often hop over to visitors giving us all a chance to get up close.
There are reptile enclosures, elephants and elephant shows, orangutans, a butterfly house, tigers, lions and orangutans among many others.
Particularly hits with us are the penguins, lemurs, orangutans, zebras, giraffes and reptiles.
It is a very beautiful setting with a lot of space for the kids to run around, to have a picnic and just relax. Throughout the year, but especially in summer, there are lots of events and activities. It is worth checking what is going on before you go or to look out for special events that your family might enjoy.
The downside of this zoo is that there can be a long way between exhibits. Make sure you get a map and know where you are going. The main path around the zoo does not actually take you past any animals and its easy to walk around for quite awhile and see nothing if you do not know where you are going.
Also, the enclosures are fabulous but this can mean that it can be hard for young kids to pick out the animals in some instances.
All in all though, this is one of our favourite zoos and it makes for an excellent day trip. It is also incredibly good value if you buy a zoo membership.
Getting to the Zoo
It is very easy to get to the Zoo. If you have a car, there is ample parking in the surrounds and it is a short drive from the CBD.
On public transport, you can catch tram 55 from the CBD or take the Upfield train line to Royal Park station.
You can find more information on the Melbourne Zoo website. Locals should definitely consider becoming zoo members. This gives you unlimited entry to Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary for less than the price of visiting each of them. Your kids are free with parent members.