Built in 1862, this is the oldest zoo in the world and makes a great day out with kids. Some 3,000 animals reside here, including kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, koalas, wombats, and platypuses. Rather than being locked in cages, most animals are in almost natural surroundings or well-tended gardens. Don’t miss the butterfly house, with its thousands of colorful occupants flitting around; the free-flight aviary; the lowland gorilla exhibit; and the treetop orangutan exhibit. Allow at least 90 minutes if you just want to see the Australian natives, and around 4 hours for the entire zoo.
Elliott Ave., Parkville
Our Rating Hours Daily 9am–5pm Transportation Train: Royal Park Station, Tram: 55 going north on William St. to stop 25; 19 from Elizabeth St. to stop 16 (then a short walk to your left, following signposts) Phone 1300/966 784 Prices Admission A$27 adults, A$13 children 4–15, A$61–A$84 families (Mon–Fri, except school holidays) Web site Melbourne Zoo Other Entry is free for children on weekends, public holidays and school holidays. Free parking.
MapElliott Ave., Parkville Melbourne
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