Melbourne Zoo is renowned for its natural beauty. Although just minutes from the CBD, visiting us will feel like you are hours from city, especially when entering our centuries-old manicured gardens and worldwide habitats that reflect the native homes of our animal community.

We are the perfect place to hold your next special event.

Our beautiful venues are available for you to enjoy for your next gathering or event. We urge you to take advantage of our range of services and facilities, designed to make your visit with us more enjoyable.

We cater for every taste and budget – from BBQs on the lawns to a cocktail reception at the Giraffe site, and everything in between. Our indoor and outdoor function spaces, all of them beautiful inside and out, each offer a unique atmosphere to suit your event’s needs.


Venue Name Capacity Key Features Disability Access
Rainforest Room 120 (standing)
80 (seated)
Floor to ceiling windows; dance floor available; no pillars; rooms can be partitioned; looks out to Tamarin Monkeys Yes
Bong Su Room 200 (standing)
130 (seated)
Leads onto Mek Kapah Terrace; exclusive use of Terrace from 5pm; floor to ceiling windows Yes
Lakeside Room 200 (standing)
120 (seated)
Floor to ceiling windows; available for evening functions only; Lakeside Terrace is only available in conjunction with the Lakeside Room Yes
Leopard Lodge 500 (standing)
240 (seated)
Floor to ceiling windows; mounted data projector and screen; access to Leopard Terrace and lawns; no pillars Yes
Japanese Garden 80 (ceremony use only) Cherry blossoms; manicured gardens overlooking the lake Yes
Platypus Lawn 240 (ceremony use only) Manicured gardens Yes
Lawns 1,500 (seated) Grass shady area Yes
Pavilions 30-90 (seated) Outdoor paved space with cover Yes


Choose Melbourne Zoo to host your wedding, and you can celebrate your special day amongst the world’s wildlife. Say 'I do' at one of four beautiful reception venues and a variety of stunning outdoor ceremony sites, each with their own unique atmosphere.

Our stunning outdoor ceremony sites offer a truly special setting - imagine exchanging your vows by the Japanese Garden and Lake, or in the natural surrounds of the Platypus Lawn.

Furthermore, when it comes to choosing a setting for your wedding photos, you will be spoiled for choice, with our manicured gardens, South East Asian bamboo forests, and animals wandering in a natural environment. 

We can help you with providing registration tables, chairs, ceremony styling and a license for photography in a number of sites within the zoo grounds.

Contact us through the enquiry form and let us help you plan for the wedding of your dreams.

Corporate Events

Enough of the same old corporate event – differentiate your corporate function with an unforgettable event at the Melbourne Zoo. Whether it's a conference, Christmas party or a team building activity, our four function rooms and outdoor sites offer the perfect scope to tailor to your company's needs.

The gardens and pavilions scattered throughout the zoo grounds are just right for get-togethers with a casual feel. Choose to spread your picnic rugs on our lawns and relax, or opt for a more intimate sheltered pavilion, where guests can mingle and admire the view.

For an even better option, why not consider having a Sunset Zoo Do and get the wow factor for your next company event. We offer companies the opportunity to book half or the entire Melbourne Zoo for the evening, giving guests a wonderful wildlife experience in the heart of the city. You will not find a better place to entertain your colleagues and guests in a truly unique setting, surrounded by the sights and sounds of our animals.
Zoo Dos are available November through March.

Compass can also liaise with Zoos Victoria on your behalf to provide organisations with unique opportunities for team building, staff professional development, and animal encounters, in conjunction with your event.

To find out more about what we can bring to your next corporate function, contact a member of our team through the enquiry form.

Special Events

Whether you are planning an engagement party, celebrating your birthday, or holding a special family gathering, Melbourne Zoo offers something unique to suit you.

The Zoo is renowned for its natural beauty, from centuries-old manicured gardens to cultivated native habitats like bamboo forests and coastal environments. Many of these beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces are available for you to enjoy for your next special event.

Contact us through the enquiry form and let us help you plan that special event that your loved ones will never forget.

Kids' Parties

What better place to let your kids run wild than at a birthday party at the Melbourne Zoo!

Make your child’s birthday party one to remember by hosting our adventure-packed party package, complete with a feast in the Growing Wild precinct.

Our Kid’s Parties are ideal for kids aged 3 to 11 years, suitable for groups of 10 – 30 children. Please note that our parties run on Saturdays and Sundays, only from set times between 10:30am and 5:00pm.

Click here for further information and package details or contact us through the enquiry form.