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Melbourne Zoo

Australian Bush

Australian Bush at Melbourne Zoo is home to some of Australia’s most amazing and adored native animals.

Begin your Aussie adventure with our Southern Koalas as they snooze high up in the trees with a belly full of gum leaves. Then, take a walk through the captivating Great Flight Aviary and be amazed by the colours and sounds of Red-tailed Black Cockatoos, Wonga pigeons, Apostle birds and Jabiru just to name a few.  Or try your luck spotting parrots, honeyeaters, pigeons, ducks and waders.

Our mischievous Tasmanian Devil awaits you at the next stop to say G’day. Take the time to learn the plight of these amazing marsupials in the wild and how you can help us save them from extinction. Head underground to the Wombat’s burrow where you can discover the habitat of this incredible creature that can weigh over up to 32 kilograms!

Discover the secrets of how plants and animals survive the harsh conditions in Australia. Many have special adaptations to survive in this difficult environment. These are highlighted as you explore the exhibit.

You’ll see examples of Australia’s 20,000 flowering plants: the Queensland Bottle Tree, Kangaroo Paws, the Grass Tree, the Emu Bush, Sturt’s Desert Pea, Eucalypts, Banksias and Waratah.

Finally, head into an open bushland landscape which is home to our kangaroos, wallabies and emus, and watch them at near as they mingle, laze and hop about.