Transport to the native sanctuary of Melbourne Zoo, an oasis located minutes away from the central business district. This truly unique and historic venue features spectacular gardens and world-class animal exhibits and experiences. Combine natural surrounds, the world's wildlife and stunning rooms for a memorable event. Be inspired by the natural environment, which is the central theme for the versatile function spaces that are nestled between animal habitats and award-winning gardens. The venues include The Bong Su room located in the heart of the South East Asian themed trail of the elephants; and The Leopard Lodge, a custom-built structure, conveniently located at the rear Railgate entrance of the Zoo with trams and trains close by. Looking out onto the beautiful gardens and lawns of the lower Zoo, it is closest to the Big Cat habitats and guests may even hear the lions roaring on occasion. There are also the Lakeside and Rainforest rooms with views of the picturesque Japanese gardens and lake. If the great outdoors appeal, there is also a choice of 12 lawns and six pavilions offering an ideal location for more casual gatherings. Relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue as the lions roar. The spaces on offer are perfect for any occasion and have the ability to hold up to 280 people for a seated dinner and up to 500 for a cocktail function or, if desired, can cater for a more intimate affair.