Fancy an Evening with an Elephant? A Lie-in with a Lion?
A lion yawns as the day ends. But who - or what - might now be waking up?! Image from zoo.org.au
Think 'nightlife' only means cheap dresses and expensive cocktails? Think again! Put the life back into the night this summer with Zoos Victoria.
Swap shot-glasses for binoculars and stilettos for stars as you spend long summer nights in the company of Melbourne's own marvelous menagerie. With events throughout summer there's something for animal lovers of every age.
A fur seal takes in the sights. Image from zoo.org.au
Werribee Open Range Zoo lies just 30 minutes from Melbourne, making it an idea escape for a family or a romantic couple's weekend. Their Slumber Safari overnight stay is an exclusive way to see the animals of the safari with the luxury of catered accommodation.
Bookings are now being taken for the eight tented lodges, which can each accommodate up to five people and are fully fitted with fans, en-suites and electric blankets so you can sleep in comfort and style. Each guest will enjoy a fully hosted safari experience, comprising up-close animal encounters, a night walk, sumptuous meals and drinks, two days zoo entry, and discounted shopping at the Village Trader.
For more information and bookings, call 1300 966 784. Bookings are for one night only, and cost $300 per adult and $160 per child, with discounts available for Zoo Members.
A giraffe stands in front of a beautiful moon. Image from zoo.org.au
Have you ever wondered what happens after the Zoo closes and the staff have gone to sleep? Now you can live it yourself with a camping-style sleepover experience at Melbourne Zoo!
Overnight guests have exclusive access to the Zoo after dark, as they view nocturnal life and listen to the stories of the keepers. Waking the next day to the calls of the animals, guests then have access to the zoo before the doors are opened for regular visitation.
For more information and bookings, call 1300 966 784. Bookings are for one night only, and cost $199 per adult and $150 per child, with discounts available for Zoo Members.
Who could resist this little cutie? Baby elephant Mali. Image from zoo.org.au
Following successful previous seasons, Werribee Open Range Zoo is once again operating the Wild Night series of after-dark events. From 5:30pm - 8:30 pm guests can explore the zoo and find out what goes on when the doors have closed. More information will be available soon on their website, though the event is likely to run from 25 June – 9 July. This is a wonderful way for younger children to experience the excitement of wildlife at night without the commitment of an overnight stay.
With everything from romantic getaways to events for the kids, consider Zoos Victoria for your next unique after-dark activity.