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Kids Receive Free Entry Policy

Zoos Victoria is pleased to advise that children under 16 years of age receive free admission to Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo on:

  • Weekends  
  • Victorian Public holidays
  • Victorian Government school holidays.

Please note, children under 16 must be accompanied/supervised by an adult. If they are not accompanied by an adult, they will be refused entry. 

This policy is the result of a Victorian Government initiative. Holidays dates are gazetted by the Victorian Government and are listed below for reference purposes.


2018 Victorian Government School Holidays


March 30 - April 15

June 30 - July 15

September 22 - October 7

December 22 - January 29, 2019


2018 Victorian Public Holidays


Event 2018
New Year's Day

January 1

Australia Day January 26
Labour Day March 12
Good Friday March 30
Saturday before Easter Sunday March 31
Easter Sunday April 1
Easter Monday Aparil 2
ANZAC Day April 25
Queen's Birthday June 11
Grand Final Friday September 28
Melbourne Cup Day November 6
Christmas Day December 25
Boxing Day December 26


Note: We take every care to ensure our holiday data is accurate, but please refer to the relevant Victorian Government website for updated information on school holiday dates and public holidays.