Where to eat
Where: Next to the Japanese Garden and lake.
The Lakeside Bistro offers indoor, dining with a scrumptious, seasonal menu for breakfast or lunch. So escape the winter chill with a house special soup and a Zoo bakery roll or grab a gourmet salad or sandwich over summer.
Our family friendly menu includes also includes handmade burgers with fat chips, club sandwiches and rolls, and healthy salads and aromatic curries. The kids will enjoy a Zooperman meal or one of our universal favourites such as fish and chips with a garden salad.
And there is a range of desserts designed to tempt small stomachs (and large ones).
All meals are freshly made, using local produce whenever possible – including breads and pastries from the Zoo’s in-house bakery and herbs picked from our own garden. If you’re after something to drink, we have coffee, hot chocolate, a range of carefully picked wines and beers, and more.
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Where: Next to the Lakeside Bistro.
No other Zoo in Australia has a bakery on site! The Zoo Bakery offers gourmet pies, sausage rolls, pasties, pizzas, sandwiches and baguettes, all perfect lunch options. Watch the bakers at work through the window and take in the wonderful smell of freshly baked bread. We have an irresistible range of baked goods on offer to satisfy your appetite.
Why not get the kids’ Zooperman lunch pack that combines a sandwich, a piece of fruit, a fresh juice and a Zoo-baked gingerbread?
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, there are muffins, fairy cakes, cookies and other treats to take away. Also available are hot or cold drinks, ice creams and snacks.
And don't forget to get a freshly baked loaf of bread on your way home.
Where: Opposite Lakeside Bistro.
If you want to grab a quick, on-budget bite, the Plaza Kiosk is perfect.
There’s fish and chips, burgers, chicken nuggets as well as sandwiches, sushi and salads. Ice creams, cold drinks, coffee and snacks are also available.
Sit at a table outside the Plaza, or find a spot on the lawns and enjoy the natural surrounds of the Zoo.
Where: Main entrance, Elliott Avenue.
Meerkat Manor Cafe stands just inside the Zoo entrance, overlooking the playful meerkats.
It’s a great spot to start your visit, whether you’re enjoying your first coffee of the day, or recharging your batteries over lunch.
There’s a range of pies and pastries from the Zoo Bakery, as well as salads, sandwiches and sweet treats.
You can also pick up hot and cold drinks, ice-creams and snacks.
Where: Next to the Elephant Barn (in the Trail of the Elephants).
Wander along the twisting trail of the elephants through bamboo forests and Asian village scenes to arrive at the Village Kiosk.
The menu takes its inspiration from its surrounds, serving up the authentic tastes of South East Asia.
From stir-fries and curries to Asian snack foods, the food is freshly cooked and packed with flavour. Choose from spring rolls, curry, fried rice and daily specials.
There’s also an assortment of snacks, salads, ice-creams and hot and cold drinks.
The Mek Kapah Terrace provides plenty of outdoor seating – and an ideal setting to enjoy a meal or drink before (or after) viewing the nearby elephants.
Where: At the main roundabout next to Giraffes (OPENING FOR SEPTEMBER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS)
Sit and overlook the giraffes and zebras over your morning coffee or bbq lunch. Or enjoy the afternoon sunset with a cool drink or ice cream.
Giraffe BBQ serves sausages and kranksys mild or chilli with onions, cheese, sauerkraut and mustard. Hot chips, snacks, ice-creams and cold drinks are also available.
Wild Dogs Cafe
Where: Railway Entrance (OPENING 28 AUGUST 2015)
Enjoy a coffee and morning or afternoon tea by the lawns in this relaxing outdoor setting. Pastries, sandwiches, ice creams, cold drinks and snacks are also available.