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12 Places to See Dinosaurs in Melbourne

Is your little one dinosaur obsessed? If so then make sure you check off the list of where to see dinosaurs in Melbourne!

Zoorassic Werribee Zoo

DINOS ALIVE MELBOURNE

Featured Event

Dinos Alive is a dinosaur exhibition featuring life-size animated replicas in an immersive Jurassic venue. Walk alongside the massive creatures that roamed our world millions of years ago!

Dinos Alive highlights include:

  • Be transported to the Jurassic era to witness realistic dinosaurs in their natural habitat;
  • Stand face to face with over 80 life-sized, moving replicas of dinosaurs including the awe-inspiring T-rex, the graceful Stegosaurus, the armoured Ankylosaurus, swift Velociraptors, and more;
  • Dive into a unique virtual aquarium experience and delve into the mysteries of ancient marine life;
  • Discover the wonders of the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods through engaging and interactive activities;
  • Immerse yourself in a captivating VR adventure (suitable for ages 8 and above); and
  • Kids can become paleontologists in the “Budding Experts” interactive space, where they can engage in hands-on activities and learn about iconic dinosaurs while having fun.

Dinos Alive: An Immersive Experience, Fever Exhibitions Hall, 62 Dawson Street, Brunswick VIC 3056

Extended until Sunday 14 April 2024

1. Melbourne Museum

Check out real dinosaur bones at Melbourne Museum. The ‘Dinosaur Walk’ permanent exhibition features ten dinosaur skeletons, three pterosaurs, and other select megafauna artefacts such as huge teeth!

Visit the fearsome dinosaur, Horridus, the world’s most complete triceratops fossil. And from June 2024, see the interactive exhibition of a 66-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus named Victoria.

In the  Melbourne Museum Children’s Gallery you can dig for fossils/dinosaur bones in the outdoor play area. Melbourne Museum Children’s Gallery review 

Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton

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Melbourne Museum Children's Gallery

 2. Dinosaur World

Dinosaur World is a small theme park with dinosaur animatronics and dinosaur-related activities.

It’s open every weekend and daily during school holidays except June, July and August. Dinosaur World review

Dinosaur World, Cnr Frankston-Flinders Rd and O’Neills Road, Somerville

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Dinosaur World

 3. Dinosaur Park Yarraville

At the McNish Reserve Yarraville you can meet Mimi the Muttaburrasaurus, slide down the tail and hide in dinosaur eggs!

Take a scooter or bike and you can also travel along Stony Creek next to the playground. Dinosaur Playground Yarra review

Dinosaur Park, McNish Reserve, Court St, Yarraville

dinosaur park yarraville

 4. Megasaurus Playground

This dinosaur-themed playground is one of Australia’s best playgrounds and features a huge dinosaur skeleton climbing frame as its centrepiece.

There is other dino-related playground equipment too! Megasaurus Dinosaur Playground review

Megasaurus Dinosaur Playground, Newington Drive, Cranbourne East

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Dinosaur Playground Cranbourne

 5. Portosaurus Playground

A beady-eyed dinosaur pokes its head out in Garden City Reserve Port Melbourne playground.

Portasaurus Playground review

Garden City Reserve ‘Portasaurus’ playground, 47 Beacon Rd, Port Melbourne

Dinosaur playground Port Melbourne

6. Dinosaur Park, Truganina

Melbourne’s biggest prehistoric themed park is the Dinosaur Park at Stockland Grandview in Truganina.

Dinosaur Park has a larger than life dinosaur head in the ground, and a skeleton, fossil, dino foot prints, a wobbly dinosaur and lots of play equipment. There are also picnic / BBQ facilities.

Dinosaur Park Grandview, 317 Griegs Rd, Truganina

Grandview Dinosaur Park

 7. Bulla Miniature Rail

Do you have a little one who loves trains AND dinosaurs?

Every third Sunday of the month head to Bulla Miniature Railway for cheap dino fun on a miniature train!

Bulla Hill Railway, Bulla Recreation Reserve, 15 Green St, Bulla

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Bulla Hill Railway

8. Dinos at the Zoo, Melbourne Zoo

Welcome to Jurassic Parkville, where you can see towering life-sized animatronic dinosaurs at Melbourne Zoo

Dinos at the Zoo also features baby dinosaurs, dino-themed food options, dino digs and other daily activities. Happening from 29 March to 14 July 2024.

Dinos at the Zoo, Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Ave, Parkville

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Dino Park Melbourne Zoo

9. Dinos at the Zoo, Werribee Zoo

See 14 life-size dinosaurs come to life through animatronics and soundscapes, plus there’s a dino dig to search out fossils. Happening from 29 March to 14 July 2024.

Help the team at Werribee Open Range Zoo protect its extraordinary animals, and discover what you can do to help fight the extinction of the Zoo’s priority threatened species. Dinos at the Zoo Review

Dinos at the Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Road, Werribee South

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10. Dinos at the Zoo, Sanctuary Healesville Sanctuary

From 29 March to 14 July 2024, animal explorers big and little can look for prehistoric beasts in the bushland of Healesville Sanctuary, including a T-Rex, woolly mammoths and ancient birds.

Dinos at the Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek Road, Healesville

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Lost Sanctuary Healesville Sanctuary 6

11. Jurassic World, The Exhibition

Step into the prehistoric world at Jurassic World: The Exhibition, an experience inspired by the much loved film, Jurassic Park.

Embark on an adventure to Isla Nublar with your little explorers this winter. From Raptors to T-Rex, get ready to experience the closest thing to real dinosaurs. Coming to Melbourne in Winter 2024.

Jurassic World,

12. The Endangered Zone

From Tuesday 2 April to Sunday 14 April 2024, prepare for an exciting expedition to uncover local endangered species and encounter creatures from distant lands. With two interactive and educational spaces where little explorers will uncover local endangered species. 

The Endangered Zone, Corner Derrimut & Heaths Roads Werribee, VIC 3030

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endangered zone

Also look out for other special dinosaur-themed shows and exhibitions such as  Jurassic CreaturesDinosaur Time Machine, Dino Disco at Melbourne Museum, Dinosaur Gardens,  Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family and Jurassic World. 

Dinosaur Diggers run dinosaur-themed birthday parties and holiday programs too!

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About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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