Melbourne Zoo stroll

Elliott Ave, Parkville

Melbourne Zoo stroll

Elliott Ave, Parkville

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41 m
2.79 km

Catch a train or tram, ride a bike on the Capital City Trail or drive to Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo stroll

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Catch a train or tram, ride a bike on the Capital City Trail or drive to Melbourne Zoo


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Take a stroll around the Melbourne Zoo to see the vast range of animals and bird life on offer. Allow plenty of time - at least 2-3 hours.

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Points of Interest

1. Turtle

If you look closely you will see a turtle sitting in the middle of the pond.

2. Lakeside Bistro

The Lakeside Bistro offers a great view of the Japanese Garden.

3. Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden is a peaceful place to rest or have your lunch in the shelter overlooking the waterfall.

4. Tamarin

Tamarins are very cute and fascinating to watch as they interact with each other. In the wild they are classified as ‘critically endangered’.

5. Meerkat lookout

Stay a while at the meerkat enclosure. It is fascinating to watch the furry creatures stand up on their hind legs as lookouts then scramble underground to burrow. They never stop still!

6. Giant tortoise

Aldabra Giant Tortoises are classed as ‘vulnerable’ on the endangered list and are currently protected but suffer from poaching and loss of traditional habitat in the wild.

7. Lemurs

Lemur Island hosts the irresistible ring-tailed lemurs in a new exhibit.

8. Pygmy hippopotamus

Hippopotamus means ‘river horse’ but their closest relatives are actually whales and dolphins!

9. Pelicans

The pelican's long beak and large throat pouch is used for catching prey and draining water from the scooped up contents.

10. Butterfly House

The Butterfly House is a fascinating place to study all shapes, sizes and colours of the flighty creatures. If you have the right colour on they may land on you.

11. Elephants

The two baby elephants at the zoo are very playful.

12. Orang-utans

It is hard to know who is observing whom at the orang-utan enclosure. They seem as interested in us as we are in their comical behaviour.

13. Giraffes

The giraffe is the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant.

14. Zebra

Each zebra's stripes are as unique as fingerprints—no two are exactly alike.

15. Great Flight Aviary

The stately Jabirus in the Great Flight Aviary make a handsome couple.

16. Wombat

Wombats are solid and stocky, have short legs and large front feet and bear-like claws.

17. Emus

Emus cannot fly but they can run up to 40-50km per hour.

18. Baboon

The baboons' custom-built enclosure recreates the environment of the north-east African savannah.

19. Tapir

Tapirs look something like pigs with trunks, but they are actually related to horses and rhinoceroses.

20. Peccary

Peccaries are the only native wild species of pigs.


Public Transport Public Transport
Playground Playground
Picnic Spot Picnic Spot
Drinking Water available Drinking Water available
Seating Available Seating Available
Public toilets Public toilets
Pram friendly Pram friendly
Historical Interest Historical Interest
Park / Garden Park / Garden