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With our mid year school holidays on the horizon we thought we’d head out to the Melbourne Zoo to check it out for a holiday family excursion.

There was heaps of parking, being a Wednesday which is great as it is usually packed at the weekend. You can also catch the train to Royal Park as the station is only metres away from the back entrance.

The first thing we did was stop for morning tea, an essential thing to do which we have discovered with experience over the years. In fact we seemed to be eating a lot all day!!

The bigger children received a map each and we tried our best to follow their desires.  There is just so much to see. we started off with the giant tortoises – they have been there as long as we can both remember (and in Sherry’s case that is quite a long time!).

Then the reptile house beckoned  …

oh the fascination of snakes, lizards, crocodiles, tortoises and … …. … you name it we saw it!

When we emerged from there we could hear the lions roaring really loudly and quickly ventured over there to see what was going on.

By the time we got there they looked peaceful enough  …

with their faces angelically pointed into the warm morning sun.

From then on we just followed our noses (and the maps as best as we could) …

and saw the  seals and fairy penguins …

elephants …

tigers …

butterflies …

peacocks …

and platypus, which unusually was sitting on top of a rock having a good scratch – what a funny sight that was! (Sorry too dark for photos!)

We saw the gorillas …

pygmy hippopotamus …

meerkats …

and pelicans.

The children ran …

and balanced …

and rolled on the grass …

and hid an awful lot (well the beautiful gardens were hard to resist!).

We had a lovely day and staggered home exhausted without even seeing all there is on offer.

We’ll just have to go back!

Memberships for the Melborne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo are very reasonable and after July 1st children are free on weekends, public and state school holidays.

From next year children will receive complimentary memberships for any day of the year!

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