Koala in tree holding onto branch with claw and looking lazy

Australian Wildlife Experience (early morning access)


$89 per person (excludes zoo entry)

$80 Zoo members


Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings - meet at 7:55am, tour departs at 8:00am from Melbourne Zoo main gate entrance.


45 minutes

Group size

Max. 10 people


Minimum age 5 years. Participants aged 5-12 must have accompanying adult supervision: 1 adult per 3 children, 2 adults per 4 children.

Each participant (adults and children) will require their own paid ticket to attend.

Enclosed shoes must be worn.

Unfortunately this experience is not suitable for mobility scooters, wheelchairs and prams.

Fitted face masks are to be worn on all encounters, behind the scenes, tours and in some animal habitats, which will be signed.

Read the full terms and conditions

Come with us on a journey through the Australian bush

In this exclusive experience, you’ll have morning access to the zoo before it opens to the public.

Meet koalas, see kangaroos, head underground into the wombat’s burrow, and watch native birds soar on this amazing tour. It’s worth the early wake up.

Zoo entry not included. Be sure to also book your entry tickets for the same date as your encounter.

Photographed by Cormac Hanrahan