Food and facilities

Treat yourself with delicious food at one of our cafés or kiosks and check out the various facilities that you can enjoy at the zoo

Can I bring my own food or picnic to the zoo?

You are also most welcome to BYO picnic to the zoo. If you need to pop out to your car to get your picnic at lunchtime, make sure you let our friendly gate staff know so they can let you back into the zoo as your ticket will not work once it has been scanned.


Pavilion hire and picnic facilities

Hire a section of the pavilion or lawn space for your Melbourne Zoo visit!

Just call 1300 966 784 to make arrangements.

  • Sheltered, standing room for up to 50 people
  • $415 between Sep-Mar
  • $310 between Apr-Aug
  • Standing room for up to 150 people
  • $315 between Sep-Mar
  • $220 between Apr-Aug

Parent's room

Melbourne Zoo offers a spacious parent's room facilities to make your visit with us easier and more enjoyable. 

It is located at Eat & Play area next to Lakeside Café. The room provides all the essentials you need to handle a day out with small children. Each space provides privacy and quiet and are easily accessed during your visit.

We also have number of baby changing facilities throughout the zoo. Please check our zoo map to to locate them.

Locker storage

Melbourne Zoo has small, medium and large lockers available for you to hire, ranging from approximately 970mm x 440mm down to 480mm x 300mm, so will fit most luggage. You’ll need a credit card to scan at the locker to hire it out, depending on what size locker you choose they cost:

  • Large - $10 for the first 4 hours and $3 per hour thereafter
  • Medium - $7 for the first 4 hours and $2 per hour thereafter
  • Small - $5 for the first 4 hours and $1 per hour thereafter

The lockers are located to the right of the main gate, just past the retail shop and opposite the meerkats. If the lockers you need are full, please let the team know at reception and they’ll be able to help you out with additional storage.

Important notice regarding food allergies:
While our catering outlets endeavour to accommodate guests with food allergies or intolerances, we would like to advise that all our food is made in a kitchen which handles and prepares: Gluten, Wheat, Milk, Soy, Crustacea, Egg, Fish, Tree Nuts, Sesame, Peanuts and Sulphites.