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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
  • 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
  • Total Sq. M: 77
  • Theater Capacity: 80
  • Classroom Capacity: 27
  • Banquet Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 130
Lakeside Room
  • Width: 14
  • Length: 13.8
  • Theater Capacity: 80
  • Banquet Capacity: 120
  • Reception Capacity: 120
Bong Su
  • Theater Capacity: 120
  • Classroom Capacity: 36
  • Banquet Capacity: 140
  • Reception Capacity: 200
Leopard Lodge
  • Total Sq. M: 375
  • Width: 15
  • Length: 25
  • Theater Capacity: 350
  • Classroom Capacity: 72
  • Banquet Capacity: 240
  • Reception Capacity: 500