Zoo carousel, 1970s
A ride on the carousel at Melbourne Zoo has been a significant aspect of the zoo experience for many visitors.
Melbourne Zoo has had several carousels in the course of its history. The zoo's current carousel, pictured above, arrived in 1963. It was built in England in 1878, imported to Australia in the 1886 and travelled the show circuit before its arrival at the zoo.
With the help of Heritage Victoria, the carousel underwent a six-year renovation, which was completed in 2005. It is one of less than 200 nineteenth century carousels remaining worldwide. It is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register due to its historical significance.