The Melbourne Zoo

(65 reviews)
1 Elliot Ave, Parkville, Victoria
Business Hours
By Appointment
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Danielle G.

9 Jul 2022

Choosing to have our wedding at the Melbourne zoo was the best/easiest decision. The beautiful locations within the zoo made for a perfect backdrop to our special day. Our wedding coordinator was amazing and helped us personalise our reception as much as we liked and went above and beyond to ensure we were happy days leading up to the big day.

Chloe H.

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!

Janina W.

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.

Alysia W.

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

Lauren B.

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

Mary L.

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!

Amy W.

7 Sep 2019

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

Emma H.

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.

Emma H.

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.

Significantotter K.

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!

Naomi D.

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!

Melissa C.

2 Dec 2018

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

Samantha S.

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.

Jen W.

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.

Amica A.

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.

Christine L.

21 Aug 2018

Jo and the team are so friendly to deal with. It has been a crazy time with covid and even when we had to postpone it a few times they have been so accommodating and the wedding turned out a lot better than expected. We all enjoyed the food and we love how guests can walk around the zoo when needed a moment to ourselves. The staffs who worked at the night was so sweet and they provided excellent customer service.

Carly H.

12 May 2018

Loved it! The service was great. Emma was really easy to talk and plan with before the day. On the day the girls were also really good. Food was amazing, wasn't expecting such large portions.

Carly H.

12 May 2018

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

Emily B.

5 May 2018

Great venue, easy to work with. good communications from Emma the wedding planner. very helpful. The food was very average, and the vegetarian option was not what we had picked.

Kathryn M.

21 Apr 2018

Melbourne Zoo provide a beautiful backdrop to any wedding and we loved that our guests could explore the Zoo while we were doing photos, as well as the opportunity to feed a giraffe as part of our photo tour. The food was great even though we couldn't pronounce half of it, and the service we had was wonderful, in particular, Jade who was our guide for our photo tour. The hickups we had across the day were minor and remedied quickly. We planned mostly via email which provided some obstacles and our coordinator put everything together for us.

Bronwyn H.

13 Apr 2018

The lead up to the day was amazing and they were so helpful as we needed to postpone the initial wedding date. The food and service on the day was great! We had a great day.

Elizabeth B.

9 Mar 2018

The team at the Melbourne Zoo were just amazing, the venue was so unique, all our guests loved it.

Natasha B.

3 Mar 2018

Couldn't fault them, everything went smoothly!

Natalie S.

3 Nov 2017

Getting married at MelbZoo was a life long dream of ours. Our Wedding Co-Ordinator Emma was fantastic - from the beginning to the very end - even as I arrived to walk down the aisle she was there to ease my mind. Thanks to Emma and all the staff at Melb Zoo and Restaurant Associates for making our dreams come true! We feel so very blessed!

Kate W.

22 Sep 2017

Location was a great setting for our wedding. The animal experiences made for very unique wedding photos and set the scene for a fun and relaxed event. Having everything at one location was a bonus. The venue was everything we wanted: a garden wedding, central to CBD, and amongst nature.

Hollie S.

20 Apr 2017

Service was amazing. Food was delicious

The Melbourne Zoo  

It was a beautiful day Hollie, thank you for letting us share it with you!

Maddison T.

25 Nov 2016

Catherine at the Compass Group Melbourne zoo made sure our day ran smoothly and our ceremony and reception was as perfect as we had dreamed of. Catering was incredible and overall setting of the zoo was just perfect me and the hubby are just so so happy.

Adela K.

27 Aug 2016

When we found out that you can get married at the zoo we instantly locked it in. It is a very sentimental place for us and honestly it was the most amazing wedding! I could not recommend the zoo as a wedding venue any more highly!

Kathy G.

17 Jun 2016

The team at the Melbourne Zoo did a fantastic job - exactly what we wanted and perfect for our surprise wedding. We couldn't have asked for more.

Catherine Y.

1 Apr 2016

I wanted to get married at the zoo ever since I was a little girl. Now that my dreams have come true, I can tell you it was everything I could have wanted! The staff were so great and helpful, and to have such a unique location was incredible!

Justine S.

18 Mar 2016

Being An animal lover I couldn't have asked for a better location!! Amazing staff, great food and great service..huge thanks to Catherine grantee who was our wedding coordinator!! Amazing job!!

Rebecca M.

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!

Michael B.

6 Feb 2016

I'd give them 6/5 stars! The food was fantastic, no complaints at all! The staff were great as well.

Joanne M.

16 Jan 2016

They were fantastic! The whole thing was great. We went to a wedding open day and we got the ceremony for free. We got photos in the butterfly house!

Tina & Shaun L.

15 Jan 2016

Perfect surroundings. We had our wedding in the Japanese Gardens. Staff so helpful in every way. We even got a guide after the ceremony to assist with photos. Fantastic Venue.

Naomi D.

29 Oct 2015

It was amazing!! We had a 3 course meal and we couldn't finish it, it was just so good.

Sarah S.

23 Oct 2015

The BEST location ever to get married. Ceremony outside on a lawn and the reception inside the Rainforest room. The wedding planner Vanessa provided at the zoo was so professional and helpful in organising everything there.

Zoe M.

19 Sep 2015

Very happy with their service.

Allison B.

23 Apr 2015

The staff at the zoo are fantastic, we had such a great day, everything was set up for us which took a lot of hassle out of the day, there was no shortage of food or drink, we were lucky with the weather so the photos are awesome, best day ever.

Zara S.

11 Apr 2015

Vanessa was brilliant - so much help and made everything super simple and easy. We held our ceremony only at the Zoo as the spaces were so beautiful, and at the price how could you not?! If I had have booked a botanical garden and hired the furniture it would have been about the same - only gardens don't give you the space exclusively, and don't give you someone to manage it. So booking the Zoo was a no brainer really! Not to mention the amount of people who when I said we were getting married at the Zoo who replied "the Zoo? Oh WOW!". My only issue was that as a nervous bride heading toward the ceremony there were a lot of kids around which I may have preferred not to have, but if you're not in a limo your car can drive you straight up to the ceremony site which in hindsite would have been better. That was me though, not the venue. Definitely recommended if you want to do something a little different, but still keep the ceremony sentimental and proper.

Andrew P.

21 Mar 2015

They were excellent!

Andrew P.

21 Mar 2015

They were excellent!

Alison W.

14 Mar 2015

the food was divine and all part of the Zoo package.

Rose S.

1 Mar 2015

They were perfect. Really good day!

Donna R.

28 Feb 2015

Perfect venue, beautiful, beautiful food. And of course, the animals make it a treat, and it's more affordable than Melbourne zoo.

Katrina N.

31 Oct 2014

The most amazing venue, our wedding was a beautiful fairytale thanks to the stunning grounds at the zoo. We are so pleased we chose this venue as it was everything we dreamt of plus more.

Lizzy T.

25 Oct 2014

Perfect venue! We had our ceremony in the butterfly-house and reception in the Rainforest room and both were absolutely perfect! The butterfly-house was amazing and our guests loved it because it was so unique. The Rainforest room is absolutely stunning, it really created the perfect atmosphere and the perfect day

Lizzy T.

25 Oct 2014

Fantastic food and fantastic service. Our wedding day went so smoothly thanks to our caterers, they were professional, helpful, and went out of their way to make our day perfect

Nicole L.

24 Oct 2014

Totally awesome experience and very different.

Janis H.

15 Aug 2014

I cannot recommend the Zoo as a wedding venue highly enough. It was a late winter wedding and the japanese gardens looked amazing still and the rainforest room was the perfect location for our reception. Our day was incredible all aided by the wonderful team there and we just didnt want it to end

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