The Melbourne Zoo

(63 reviews)
1 Elliot Ave, Parkville, Victoria
Business Hours
By Appointment
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The Melbourne Zoo is an iconic, multi-award-winning venue located in the heart of Melbourne, just minutes from the CBD. It boasts unique, versatile wedding settings, gorgeous natural surroundings, fine, gourmet cuisines, and endless breathtaking photo ops. For a one-of-kind wedding experience filled with centuries-old manicured gardens and animals in their natural habitat, look no further!

If you want to impress your guests with a truly remarkable wedding experience, The Melbourne Zoo is the venue for you! Filled with tranquil, manicured gardens, animals in their natural habitat from across the globe, and beautiful indoor and outdoor settings, you can’t go wrong. With a wide range of ceremony and reception sites, there’s something for every taste and style. Whether you prefer an intimate reception gathering on a peaceful outdoor terrace surrounded by lush greenery or a formal sit-down dinner complete with floor-to-ceiling glass and your very own private animal exhibit, the choice is yours!

Exquisite lake views, serene gardens, gorgeous cathedral ceilings, spacious dancefloors, striking timber panelling, and twisted bamboo forests are just a sprinkle of the magic that awaits you and your loved ones at the Melbourne Zoo. You may choose to say “I do” amongst the beautiful, fluttering butterflies in the Butterfly House or against the idyllic cherry blossoms of the Japanese Gardens. Whatever your dream wedding looks like, the dedicated, highly experienced team at Zoo Events will help bring it to life. 

Catered by the renowned Compass Group, you can expect nothing less than delectable, gourmet fare, locally-sourced ingredients, and innovative, location-inspired menus. The Melbourne Zoo have everything covered, from catering and music to florals and furniture hire. They’ll listen to your unique ideas, offer their expert advice and guidance, and ensure your day runs flawlessly. With years of experience, you won’t have to worry about a thing but instead soak up the magical ambience and atmosphere of a wedding at the beautiful Melbourne Zoo. 


The Melbourne Zoo was the perfect location. We got married in the Japanese Gardens, followed by our reception in the Rainforest room. On the day, Katie was our organiser and had everything running smoothly. Oliver was our photography guide, and he was absolutely amazing with all he did. The food was amazing. We had so many compliments on the menu. The whole day and venue were great. The extra experiences are worth paying for. Thank you to everyone involved in our wedding day — we had the best day! — Alysia W. 


What you’ll love about your wedding at The Melbourne Zoo:  

  • Stunning, unique ceremony sites. The Melbourne Zoo boasts some of the most picturesque ceremony locations around! With several enchanting backdrops to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice! You may wish to exchange your vows in the Butterfly House amidst the unique pops of colour and fluttering wings. The lush foliage of the South East Asian bamboo forest is also a hit if you want to add an extra element of privacy to your day. The stunning private and idyllic Japanese Garden, the 150-year-old Moreton Bay Fig Tree, and the immaculate Platypus Lawn are also very popular! With stunning pavilions and lawns scattered around the venue, you can’t go wrong.
  • Breathtaking, versatile reception settings. For a truly unforgettable reception experience, you’ve come to the right place. The Melbourne Zoo offers couples three distinctive function spaces to enjoy — each boasting its own unique atmosphere. The Rainforest Room is the epitome of lush, tranquil beauty, complete with striking architectural design, picture-perfect views over the Japanese Gardens and Lake, your own personal Tamarin monkey exhibit, floor-to-ceiling glass, and a light-filled, soft ambience. The Bong Su Room is nestled in the heart of the Elephant Trail, boasting private views over our animal exhibit and the sounds of the glorious elephants trumpeting. And last but not least — the Leopard Lodge offers the largest and most flexible reception space. Set to the sounds of lions roaring, this venue offers a lush green background, inbuilt greenery, and a paved outdoor private terrace.  All of our beautiful reception rooms have their own dancefloor and bridal suite!
  • World-class cuisine. With quality, sustainability, and originality at the heart of The Compass Groups’ catering techniques, you can expect nothing less than delectable bursts of flavour, locally sourced ingredients, and impressive culinary skills. As award-winning chefs and catering specialists, you can rest assured knowing your wedding menu is in good, experienced hands. They can even tailor-design a menu to perfectly suit your needs and requirements. 


What The Melbourne Zoo weddings are like:

  • Iconic, multi-award-winning attraction 
  • Stunning, versatile indoor and outdoor wedding settings 
  • Animals in their natural habitat
  • Animal photos and experiences 
  • Tailor-made packages
  • Delicious, gourmet cuisine 
  • Endless breathtaking photo opportunities
  • Outstanding, warm service 
  • Fantastic supplier recommendations 


What are the parking arrangements?

There is plenty of parking available around the Zoo. Parking costs $2 for 5 hours before 5pm, or completely free after 5pm. They can also arrange parking passes for your guests ahead of time.


What’s the maximum capacity for weddings at The Melbourne Zoo Victoria?

The Melbourne Zoo can accommodate up to 350 standing guests for a magical, unique wedding experience.


“We had a magical wedding at The Melbourne Zoo. Our ceremony was in the Japanese Gardens, and the reception was in the Rainforest Room. We had so much fun going around the zoo for photos! We had photos on the carousel, champagne watching the elephants, and champagne and canapes watching the giraffes. The quality of the food was brilliant, and the set-up was stunning. Amazing to work with, a perfect day.” — Lauren B.


Venue Features

Reception guests

Min 2 / Max 350

Price per head

Low $120 / High $ 155


Indoors & Outdoors

Ceremony Guests

Min 2 / Max 180

Time restrictions

12:00 AM

In-house catering


3rd party catering


Event time included

5.00 hours

Music must end by

12:00 AM

Questions and Answers

Can I reserve a booking date?

The Melbourne Zoo


How do I confirm a booking?

The Melbourne Zoo

Bookings are confirmed with a signed proposal and deposit payment.

Can I have our wedding ceremony at your venue?

The Melbourne Zoo

Absolutely, we would love to host your perfect wedding ceremony. We have many stunning locations to capture gorgeous wedding photos to last a life time.

Can I extend beyond the package time, eg. 5 hour event?

The Melbourne Zoo

 Of course! Your wedding coordinator will tailor the perfect package to suit your requirements.

How late can we party?

The Melbourne Zoo

We invite you to party the night away until midnight!


(63 reviews)
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26 Feb 2022

Having our wedding at Melbourne Zoo was picture perfect in every way! The elopement package the zoo offered us was so perfect for what we wanted and our day could not have been more like a fairytale. Jo was an amazing planner and person to work with, no matter how busy she was she always made time to answer all of our questions and make sure our day looked exactly how we wanted it too and she was overall so lovely and accommodating. The staff on the day that assisied with taking care of us were so lovely, the food was beautiful and the service was great and the guided photo tour we received was great as our guide helped us find all the best spots for our photos and helped keep the public out of our photos and created such a fun and relaxed experience. Thank you Melbourne zoo!

16 Oct 2021

After multiple cancellations we finally had our dream wedding at the zoo. During COVID Zoo Coordinator walked us through what we could needed to do and supported us with this difficult time. Ceremony was in the Japanese’s Garden, Reception Rainforest Room, the Zoo managed all my suppliers and everything perfect on the day. The venues was wonderful enjoyed by all our guests and the staff could not have been more helpful. Dinner and drinks were delicious and a great time had by everyone. Highly recommend this venue.

23 Apr 2021

The Melbourne Zoo was the perfect location. We got married in the Japanese Gardens, then the reception followed in the Rainforest room. We had a good experience with all we dealt with during the lead up and on the day, even with 2 date changes due to covid. Kirstin was very helpful in organising the day and making sure everything was in place. On the day, Katie was our organiser and had everything running soomthly. Oliver was our photography guide and he was absolutely amazing with all he did. The food was amazing, we got so many compliments on the menu and the whole day and venue was great. The extra experiences are worth paying for. Thank you to everyone involved in our wedding day - we had the best day! - Alysia & Paul

17 Jan 2021

We had a magical wedding at the zoo! Our ceremony was in the Japanese Gardens and the reception was in the Rainforest Room. We had so much fun going around the zoo for photos! We had photos on the carousel, champagne watching the elephants and champagne and canapes watching the giraffes. The quality of food was brilliant and the set-up was stunning. Amazing to work with, a perfect day

30 Nov 2019

Our wedding reception at the Zoo was an experience of a lifetime. From the very beginning, our events coordinator Emma Eastmond was incredibly helpful and accomodating. She answered all of my never ending questions and helped us create the wedding reception of our dreams. We loved that we were able to incorporate our love of animals into our special day! Highly recommend!

7 Sep 2019

We did a donation to the Zoos to help fight extinction!

24 Feb 2019

A magical place to have your wedding. So many amazing photo opps, and beautiful function rooms. A definite must-see on your wedding venue tours.

24 Feb 2019

LCC at the Melbourne Zoo prepared beautiful food for our wedding - we had plenty of comments about the quality and flavour, and their wedding coordinators went to great lengths to ensure the day went off without a hitch.

15 Feb 2019

Wedding ceremony: Japanese Garden. Reception dinner: Rainforest Room. For 70 people, it was a very good fit and both locations are stunning. Great experience for the guests - after the wedding, the kids were super excited to tell us about a monkey running overhead during the vows! (We missed it, of course.) They also loved being able to walk around the zoo before the ceremony. Everyone we dealt with at the Zoo was extremely friendly - the event coordinator, function supervisor on the day, and the photo tour guide were lovely helpful people. One thing that could be improved is the Zoo's own documentation process - you are provided with a planner document to complete in Word, which the Zoo manually transforms into a final planner/runsheet/invoice. It's quite confusing to read and the process seems prone to error. Other than that, it was amazing!

14 Dec 2018

The zoo was an amazing backdrop for our wedding and fantastic for photographs. Staff on the day were very helpful. Recommend the cupcakes from the zoo bakery!

2 Dec 2018

This place was wonderful for our ceremony, and it was such a memorable experience. The guests loved it!

20 Oct 2018

The Melbourne Zoo was an amazing venue with the most helpful and wonderful staff to work with. We had our ceremony in the Japanese gardens and it was an amazing space to have a small wedding in.

15 Sep 2018

What an amazing venue! It was such a unique experience - our guests really appreciated to wander around, particularly for our friends with kids. Taking photos with the animals was a great experience. Exhibit next to our room was a show-stealer! Food was great. The day ran smoothly.

25 Aug 2018

The Melbourne Zoo was amazing with the most helpful and wonderful staff. We had our ceremony in the Japanese gardens. Every guest loves it.

12 May 2018

They gave us the cheapest quote by far and the cake was so delicious!

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