Giant tortoise on grass

Giant Tortoise Close-up Encounter

Duration: 15 minutes

Minimum age: No minimum age


  • Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Unfortunately wheelchairs are not suitable for this experience.
  • Enclosed shoes must be worn.


$30 per person 

$27 Zoo Members


Please arrive 15 minutes early


15 minutes


Every day


Minimum age and group sizes apply

Read the full terms and conditions

Upgrade your visit to Melbourne Zoo and meet one of our oldest residents!

Our keepers will guide you through the exhibit while you watch this ancient animal in (slow) motion.

Be sure to arrive fifteen minutes early, and bring your phone or camera for our staff to take the perfect pic of you and one of our gentle giants.

The encounter is a brief experience that lasts a couple of minutes with each visitor booked, however please plan up to 15 minutes to meet your host and keeper, and hear the safety briefing.

When you purchase a Close-up Encounter you are directly contributing to Zoos Victoria's work to fight wildlife extinction.