Sight Seen : Australian Delights - Royal Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne - Royal Melbourne Zoo

Established in 1861, this is the oldest zoo in Australia and the third oldest in the world. Today it's one of the city’s most popular attractions. Set in spacious, prettily landscaped gardens, the zoo’s enclosures aim to simulate the animals’ natural habitats. Walkways pass through the enclosures: you can stroll through the bird aviary or enter a tropical hothouse full of colourful butterflies.

There’s also a large collection of native animals in natural bush settings, a platypus aquarium, fur seals, lions and tigers, plenty of reptiles, and an ‘Am I in Asia?’ elephant enclosure.

In summer, the zoo hosts Twilight Concerts, while Roar ‘n’ Snore allows you to camp at the zoo and join the keepers on their morning feeding rounds.