Melbourne Zoo

Elliott Avenue, Parkville VIC 3052, Australia
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As a function venue, Melbourne Zoo stands alone. Seriously - are there many venues that can boast the things the Zoo holds in its grasp? First off, it’s a zoo. With real live animals. Secondly, as a function space the Zoo can accommodate groups numbering between 10 and 3000. Thirdly, it’s a zoo.

Aside from the obvious fact that Melbourne Zoo is a veritable wonderland of animals like lions and gorillas and bears and snakes, our city’s zoo also sports a number of function spaces for events that range from the end-of-year party time variety, to the kids birthday kind, or the breed of event more conducive to fostering business relationships with clients (in a unique setting).

There’s the Lakeside Room, overlooking the zoo’s award-winning Japanese gardens. Then there’s the Leopard Lounge, located a lion’s roar from the big cats and fitting up to 500 guests. Then there’s the Bong Su Room, found in the heart of the Elephant Trail.

Melbourne Zoo is (in case you live under a rock, and are in desperate need of a reconnection with your childhood) found along Elliott Avenue in Parkville. That’s just off Royal Parade, surprisingly close to Melbourne University, and a veritable stone’s throw (train ride) from the city and Citylink.

Venue Features

Disability access
Bar tab available
External Catering
External Music
AV Equipment

Event details

Meeting options

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Food and Beverage options

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Food options

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Capacity Chart

Area Banquet Cocktail U-Shape Theatre Boardroom Classroom Cabaret
Bong Su Room 120 200 22 120 40 40 96
Lakeside Room 140 200 - 180 - - 88
Leopard Lodge 240 500 40 200 40 80 150
Rainforest Room 80 130 22 90 20 27 56

Bong Su Room

Casual groups welcome Capacity See Chart

Lakeside Room

Casual groups welcome Capacity See Chart

Leopard Lodge

Casual groups welcome Capacity See Chart

Rainforest Room

Casual groups welcome Capacity See Chart

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I arrange a bar tab?

Bar tabs are available but are subject to minimum spend requirements.

Can I have underage guests attend my function?

Children are allowed to attend functions. For 18th birthdays, ID would be required for anyone wishing to consume alcohol.

Can I decorate the area I hire for my function?

Yes. There are some restrictions - please discuss with the venue.

Is there a dress code my guests need to be aware of?

There is no dress code.

How late can I book the venue exclusively?

Spaces are available until 1:00am (this is when the venue is licensed until).

How do I secure my booking?

The client needs to fill out a booking form and pay a deposit of 20% or $2000 (whichever is the greater).

Are there any additional costs?

A room hire fee may apply if minimum numbers are not met. Security fees apply for all functions after 5:00pm.
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June 2017

Leeanne C
Bong Su Room

Perfect size and space and the food was great.

The morning walk through the Zoo to the meeting room helped take us out of our "everyday-work" mind set, which was really appropriate for our team day.

A walk through the park at lunch helped us refresh for the afternoon session.

Very happy with the venue and would highly recommend to anyone wanting something slightly different.

December 2016

Somers – Anti-dumping Commission
Great value for money, good food and service. Would book again.

December 2016

It’s a beautiful yet affordable setting. Pre event Amelia and Jane were helpful in providing options for the day and once we had locked in were super quick to respond to any queries. On the day Lisa and her crew were fantastic in catering to our needs and were incredibly friendly. The food was lovely and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer setting in the Rainforest Room

December 2016

Kirsten, Banyule City Council
This day was excellent, well planned and executed. Thoroughly enjoyed the day and everything was kept on time. Zoo staff was very informative and provided excellent service.

December 2016

There is a friendly, helpful and efficient atmosphere at Compass. The service during the evening was constant but not obtrusive – and the food was above standard.

December 2016

Fiona, Lion Co
Jane was so efficient and made the whole process in organising the event very simple. Thank you for a wonderful workshop. The feedback from all team members has been very positive. Thank you!

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