The Melbourne Zoo

(62 reviews)
1 Elliot Ave, Parkville, Victoria
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By Appointment
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The iconic Melbourne Zoo in the heart of the city offers a number of beautiful wedding venues to choose from, each surrounded by animals and gardens. A wedding here is a true experience from start to finish, whether surrounded by the rainforest or tucked away in the Japanese gardens.

Melbourne Zoo is a multi-award winning tourist attraction set in beautiful natural surrounds just minutes from the CBD. The Zoo offers a unique wedding day experience for you and your guests with the option of four different reception venues: the Rainforest Room looks onto the lush greenery of the playful Tamarin monkeys’ habitat through floor to ceiling windows, the Bong Su room is located at the end of the twisting bamboo elephant trail, the Lakeside Room offers stunning views of the Japanese garden and lake and the Leopard Lodge caters up to 240 guests and looks onto the gardens and lawns of the lower Zoo .

Our outdoor ceremony sites are set amidst breathtaking natural surrounds offering a picturesque and intimate setting to exchange your vows. Your wedding photos will be truly unique with a variety of backdrops including beautifully manicured gardens, South East Asian inspired bamboo forest or animals wandering in their natural environment.

The Compass Group team provides dedicated catering for all Zoo functions.  Our Chef has created location inspired menus using the very best quality produce, locally sourced, prepared onsite and served with professional skill and care.  

Whether you are looking for traditional seated dining, a cocktail set up or a tailor made package our dedicated Wedding Coordinators will be happy to help you create your perfect day.


Wedding Brochure

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Venue Features

Reception guests

Min 1 / Max 500

Price per head

Low $108 / High $ 145


Indoors & Outdoors

Ceremony Guests

Min 1 / Max 240

Time restrictions

12:00 AM

In-house catering


3rd party catering


Event time included

5.00 hours

Additional hours

$10 Per Hour

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.

How late can we party?

The Melbourne Zoo

We invite you to party the night away until midnight!

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.

Can I upgrade the beverage package?

The Melbourne Zoo

 Yes! We have a range of different options available.


(62 reviews)
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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!

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.

4 Mar 2016

The Zoo was the perfect location for our wedding. The grounds are beautiful, the food is delicious and the staff were exceptionally helpful. The Zoo provides a wedding planner to assist with all the details - which made planning super easy! We also got some great pictures with the animals!

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

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!

9 Feb 2019

DIdn't know they had venues for weddings. Such a beautiful place with lots of picturesque spots to do bridal photoshoot. It's so landscaped that the backdrop is already done and you don't need to do much for decorations.

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.

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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