A Koala in a tree, holding onto a branch with claw and looking lazy.

Australian Wildlife Experience


$93.00 per person (excludes zoo entry)

$83.00 Zoo members


Daily - 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.

This experience is mobility/wheelchair friendly. If you use a wheelchair, please contact us on 1300 966 784 so we can ensure you have a positive experience.

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Join your VIP ranger, journey through the iconic Australian Bush and meet some unique Kangaroo, Koala, Wombat & Bird ambassador species.

Embrace the early morning, with before-opening hours access to Melbourne Zoo.

Visit koalas - Karri & Waru, as they wake up for the day. Before hopping into the back of house - kangaroo exhibit for an intimate behind-the-scenes experience.

Meet our mob of kangaroos, the keepers who care for them and if you’re lucky our charming, Tamar and Swamp wallaby species.

A koala in a tree
A kangaroo eating grass

Venture into the mysterious underground, nocturnal world of wombats, as they get cozy in their burrows.

Before attempting to spot one of our more elusive ‘Fighting Extinction’ species, the Tasmanian Devil.

And finally finish off your Aussie adventure by flying into the Great Flight Aviary.

Keep your eyes and ears open for the melodies of native marine, rainforest and bushland bird species.

Will you see colourful rainbow lorikeets, spot bower birds hiding their blue treasures or be laughed at by cheeky kookaburras?

A Tasmanian Devil on a log.
A wombat walking a a mound of dirt

Each encounter will be unique, allowing our keepers to let the individual animals shine and give them the choice to control how they participate.

So, rise with the sun, embrace the early wake-up call & book your exclusive Australian Wildlife Experience today. 

*Zoo entry not included. Book your entry tickets for the same date as your encounter.