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Restaurant Associates - Melbourne Zoo

Restaurant Associates - Melbourne Zoo


Transport yourself 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 worlds 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 brand new Carnivores Trail 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. The Lakeside room is perfect for larger special occasions and the Rainforest room has its own private animal exhibit of Tamarin Monkeys.

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 BBQ as the lions roar.

The spaces on offer are perfect for any occasion and have the ability to hold up to 240 people for a sit down dinner and up to 500 for a cocktail function (we can incorporate our outdoor spaces to cater for thousands) or if desired can cater for a more intimate affair.

meeting facility description

We have four different rooms available and these numbers are for the largest space, the Leopard Lodge. We can cater for thousands of guests using outdoor spaces.

meeting facility details
Facility Details
Exhibits Space
Largest Room 500
Total Sq. M 345
Reception Capacity 500
Theatre Capacity 350
Banquet w stage & dancefloor 240
Boardroom Capacity 66
Cabaret Capacity 176
Restaurant: Private Function Room 500
U Shape Capacity 54
Venue Pricing Venue Hire/Minimum Spend
Banquet Capacity 250
Number of Rooms 4
Classroom Capacity 72
meeting rooms
Rainforest Room
Lakeside Room
Bong Su
Leopard Lodge
Square Meters Width Length Height Booths Theater Capacity Classroom Capacity Banquet Capacity Reception Capacity Amphitheater Present Listening Devices Present
77m² 80 27 100 130
  14m 13.8m 80 120 120
  120 36 140 200
375m² 15m 25m 350 72 240 500