Journey back in time

Explore dinosaurs after dark at Werribee Open Range Zoo. (Zoos Victoria)

Victorian kids can go to the zoo for free over the school holidays and embark on an unforgettable journey back in time as zoos across the state become prehistoric playgrounds.

At Melbourne Zoo, visitors can venture along paths not normally open to visitors to discover 16 huge dinosaurs, their nests, and newly hatched young. For budding palaeontologists, there’s the chance to uncover a fossil in the sandpits, watched over by the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex.

In an Australian first, Dinos at the Zoo will also provide unprecedented access to the deaf and hard of hearing community, with Expression Australia creating a series of videos in Australian Sign Language (Auslan) to provide information on every exhibit, which is instantly accessible by scanning a QR code.

At Werribee Open Range Zoo, expect the unexpected as you encounter 14 awe-inspiring dinosaurs, smoking volcanoes, bubbling swamps, dino footprints, and unearth life-like dino fossils.

For an evening adventure like no other, Dinos After Dark will be available at Werribee for one week from April 7, offering a unique nighttime experience with these ancient giants.

Within the Yarra Valley, step back in time along Healesville Sanctuary’s bushland Nature Trail where 16 dinosaurs roam, or for those who prefer a guide, join a free walking tour with a ranger.

Entry to all zoos is free for children under 16 years on weekends, school holidays, and public holidays. Dinos at the Zoo will be free with zoo admission and will run until the end of the winter school holidays.