What do you do when it’s freezing cold and raining in Melbourne? Go to the zoo of course! To be honest, we had 4 seasons in one day…it wasn’t ALL rain. Armed with puffer jackets and brollies we braved Melbourne’s winter and spent a fun 3 hours dashing between exhibits. Many of the animals were curled up in their enclosures like these very cute ring-tailed lemurs.
Lemurs are native to the island of Madagascar and at Melbourne zoo, it’s easy to get up close and personal in the Lemur Island enclosure.
Melbourne Zoo is Australia’s oldest zoo and was modelled on London Zoo. The zoo was opened on 6 October 1862 at the Royal Park site (55-acres) on land donated by the City of Melbourne. Before this, animals were housed at the botanical gardens in Melbourne. Unlike it’s Sydney counterpart, Taronga, Melbourne Zoo is flat and easy to walk around, especially with a pram or wheelchair.
The zoo is located at Elliott Avenue, Parkville. Parking is easy and plentiful and costs $2 AUD for 5 hours (which is enough to explore the whole park.
A new exhibit, Lion Gorge, opened recently with 3 beautiful and very playful brothers born at nearby Werribee Zoo.
This boy had crouched down, ready to pounce on one of his brothers walking up the track.
Our little Hendrix had a beautiful time watching the animals. The zoo can be a very stimulating experience for little ones with the many different sounds, smells and sights.
The butterfly house provided a lovely reprieve from the cold temperature and rain. This magnificent tropical glasshouse, heated to 28 degrees all year round, is home to hundreds of spectacularly coloured native butterflies. If you keep still long enough, you might be lucky enough to have one of these stunning creatures land on you.
The Wild Sea exhibit allows you to see how agile seals are under the water. We were there during feeding time and there was a lot of activity! You can also see Port Jackson sharks, fiddler rays, seahorses and other kinds of fish.
Melbourne Zoo is open 9am to 5pm every day of the year. Admission as of July 2017 is $36 for adults and children $18 however on weekends and holidays, children are free!
Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Melbourne.
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