Perth Zoo's brand new café precinct, playground and function centre is officially open for business.

  • First suite of Perth Zoo Master Plan projects opens to public
  • Major developments underpinned by Cook Government $51 million investment
  • Another key milestone reached as Perth Zoo approaches its 125th birthday

Perth Zoo's brand new café precinct, playground and function centre is officially open for business.

Today's opening marks the first official project completed as part of Perth Zoo's ambitious Master Plan, which was underpinned by a $51 million investment from the Cook Government.

The new state-of-the-art facilities will transform how visitors enjoy Perth Zoo, creating a hive of activity in the heart of South Perth.

Nestled in the middle of the Zoo, the café precinct contains three outlets to suit all visitors, including dine-in and takeaway, as well as a coffee and wine bar. All three outlets are situated next to the new expansive playground.

Guests can enjoy a sit-down meal at 'Habitat', pick up grab-and-go food and drink items from 'Wagtails', or purchase barista-made coffee or an alcoholic beverage from 'Distil and Brew'.

And, with its own private entrance off Labouchere Road, function space 'The Maali' - Perth Zoo's premier functions and events centre - is now taking bookings for weddings, cocktail events, and corporate bookings.

The grand openings coincide with Perth Zoo's monumental 125th birthday, which is being celebrated with the Wild Lights lantern display, Wild About Babies sculptures, and a community birthday party on 14 and 15 October. ­

Comments attributed to Premier Roger Cook:

"For many decades, Perth Zoo has provided Western Australians withwonderful memories.

"The opening of these impressive new café, playground and function facilities will improve visitors' experience of the Zoo and ensure it continues to be a place for the community to connect.

"Their official launch ahead of Perth Zoo's 125th birthday is an important milestone for the Perth Zoo Master Plan, bringing the first suite of projects to life.

"Under the Master Plan, which has been supported by a $51 million investment from the Cook Government, our iconic Zoo will be able to modernise and deliver even better experiences for visitors, while ensuring stronger conservation outcomes for threatened species."

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:

"With these incredible new facilities now open to the public, it has never been a better time to enjoy Perth Zoo.

"The warmer weather is the perfect opportunity for families to come down to the Zoo and enjoy a drink or a meal on the deck, while watching the kids enjoying Perth's premier playspace.

"The launch also coincides with the Zoo's 125th birthday celebrations, where the public can be wowed by the beautiful animal lanterns for Wild Lights, as well as spotting the new and very popular sculptures Wild About Babies by artists Gillie and Marc.

"This is the first of many milestones we are celebrating, with plans for builds of the upcoming Primate Crossing ready to kick off next year."