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Melbourne Zoo's Roar 'N' Snore

Thursday, March 30, 2006
For most zoos, 5pm for most zoos means closing time, but not at the Melbourne Zoo during summer.

Established in 1862, the zoo covers 22 hectares and is Australia's oldest. They run a sleepover program where you can camp alongside the animals after the sun goes down and wine and dine to the sound of the animals.

Overnighters stay in the Historic Elephant Exhibit. It is now a heritage site and dinner is buffet-style, taken on picnic tables and benches.

After dinner the fun begins. The tour is on foot and you can expect to see wolves, lions, tigers, giraffes and elephants in their new home. Once night falls, flying foxes and microbats arrive at the zoo for food, while porcupines and the South American maned wolf come out to play.

Tours are led by zookeepers who are able to give loads of information about the animals you see.

The tour ends at around 10pm and you return to your digs for tea and cakes before getting some sleep in possibly the most unusual place you've ever put your head down!

Next morning the sounds of birds and animals take the place of your alarm clock and you tuck can into breakfast of cereal, toast and juice.

Location

Parkville in Melbourne, Victoria

Duration

Overnight

Cost

$195 Adults, $145 Children (5–12 years)

$175.50 Adult member, $130.50 Child member

Restrictions

Suitable for children 5 years and older.

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Availability

Roar 'n' Snore runs from September to May on selected nights.

Roar 'n' Snore can occur on nights that other activites operate, for example the Twilight Concerts.

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