Catch a train or tram, ride a bike on the Capital City Trail or drive to Melbourne Zoo
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.
If you look closely you will see a turtle sitting in the middle of the pond.
The Lakeside Bistro offers a great view of the Japanese Garden.
The Japanese Garden is a peaceful place to rest or have your lunch in the shelter overlooking the waterfall.
Tamarins are very cute and fascinating to watch as they interact with each other. In the wild they are classified as ‘critically endangered’.
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!
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.
Lemur Island hosts the irresistible ring-tailed lemurs in a new exhibit.
Hippopotamus means ‘river horse’ but their closest relatives are actually whales and dolphins!
The pelican's long beak and large throat pouch is used for catching prey and draining water from the scooped up contents.
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.
The two baby elephants at the zoo are very playful.
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.
The giraffe is the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant.
Each zebra's stripes are as unique as fingerprints—no two are exactly alike.
The stately Jabirus in the Great Flight Aviary make a handsome couple.
Wombats are solid and stocky, have short legs and large front feet and bear-like claws.
Emus cannot fly but they can run up to 40-50km per hour.
The baboons' custom-built enclosure recreates the environment of the north-east African savannah.
Tapirs look something like pigs with trunks, but they are actually related to horses and rhinoceroses.
Peccaries are the only native wild species of pigs.