Melbourne Zoo is only minutes from the city centre and is home to over 300 different species from around the world. The gardens are some of Victoria’s most treasured and were established in 1892. It is a 15 minute drive from Melbourne Airport and even has its own train and tram stop at Royal Park Station. Car parking is abundant at the two main entrances providing easy access to our four indoor function spaces and many more outdoor ones.
Melbourne Zoo is host to a range of functions, including conferencing, cocktail parties, weddings and special dinners. Let us help you plan the perfect event for your needs with our unique venues, restaurant quality dining and animal experiences. We can accommodate anything from an intimate dinner in the Rainforest Room or you could hire the whole zoo after hours for up to 3,000 guests!
CapacityUp to 3000
Parkville VIC 3052
Telephone03 9285 9440
With views of the award winning Japanese Garden and Lake, the Rainforest Room is a unique location, ideal for corporate conferences, cocktail parties and dinners. The venue has its own private animal exhibit, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the beauty and atmosphere of the Melbourne Zoo, whether they’re out on the terrace enjoying the stunning views of the lake and garden, or inside watching the Tamarin Monkeys. Cathedral ceilings fill the venue with natural light, it also offers a permanent dance floor and a private bridal suite or green room. For smaller events the Rainforest Room can be divided into two sections, forming the Island and Amazon Rooms.
Capacity80 Theatre, 120 Banquet, 80 Banquet with Dance Floor, 130 Cocktail, 72 Cabaret
Bong Su Room
Located in the heart of the Elephant Trail, the Bong Su Room offers both indoor and outdoor spaces, ideal for a cocktail party or pre-dinner drinks on a warm evening, followed by a move indoors to enjoy a memorable dining experience. Your guests will embark on a wonderful journey to reach the venue, twisting through the lush bamboo forest, hearing the elephant calls as they near the community hall and village market square, full of Asian elephant artefacts.
Capacity90 Theatre, 120 Banquet, 120 Banquet with Dance Floor,90 Cocktail, 200 Cabaret
The evening-only Lakeside Bistro overlooks the Zoo’s award-winning Japanese Garden and lake. With its built-in dance floor and gorgeous views, this venue is ideal for corporate functions such as gala or awards dinners, Christmas parties and networking functions, or private events such as engagement parties, birthdays, wedding receptions and other social gatherings.
Capacity60 Theatre, 120 Banquet, 120 Banquet with Dance Floor, 200 Cocktail, 78 Cabaret
The Leopard Lodge, our newest function room, is also our biggest with room for up to 500 guests (or 240 seated). It is conveniently located at the Railgate entrance of the Zoo with trams and trains close by. It is also closest to the Big Cat habitat, guests may even hear the lions roar on occasion.
Capacity300 Theatre, 280 Banquet, 240 Banquet with Dance Floor, 500 Cocktail, 150 Cabaret
Lawns and Pavillions
The gardens and pavilions scattered throughout the zoo grounds are just right for organised get-togethers with a casual feel – from corporate picnics and club gatherings to picnics with the family. Choose to spread your picnic rugs on our lawns and relax, or a more intimate sheltered pavilion, where guests can mingle and admire the view.