National Zoo and Aquarium

National Zoo and Aquarium, Canberra: Hours, Address, National Zoo and Aquarium Reviews: 4.5/5

National Zoo and Aquarium
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The National Zoo & Aquarium is privately owned and Australia's only combined Zoo and Aquarium. That's 2 attractions in one! We are situated on around 25 hectares of land just five minutes from the centre of Canberra. With a wide variety of both native and exotic animals, as well as the largest inland saltwater tank in Australia, there is something for everyone. Wander in and have a casual stroll around the park, or make a day of it with family, friends and make use of our picnic areas and complimentary BBQ facilities. Our Animal Encounters provide visitors with an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the worlds most amazing creatures!
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MichDeacs
Brisbane, Australia20 contributions
Must do while in Canberra!
Jul. 2021
Went to the Zoo with 2 adults and 4 kids (12 and 8). It was amazing - the best zoo i've ever been too! It is so big so bring your walking shoes! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and there were heaps of animal exhibits to look at. All the animals looked well looked after and content and the grounds were immaculately clean. The kids thoroughly enjoyed getting up and close to the hyenas and the snakes! My favourite were the Rhinos. We spent quite a few hours here walking around - even thought it was freezing cold and we had to wear masks. Next time we will book one of the villas to stay overnight!
Written 14 August 2021
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Great park with awesome enclosures. Excellent staff.
Jun. 2021 • Couples
Awesome roarsome tour was what we did.
Our guide was excellent and great at his job.
Enclosures are so clean, large, and well setup to make the animals feel safe and comfortable.
Great value for money.
Park well sign posted so you can find your way around.
Great zoo well worth visiting.
Allow 3-4 hours.
Written 28 July 2021
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Tish D
3 contributions
Fabulous playground
Jul. 2021
Went with friends - layer in the playground for a solid 2 hours then walked around and saw the animals… highly enjoyable. Kids lived seeing the peacock up close and personal. Lots of places to rest and nice facilities.
Written 27 July 2021
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MelissaZ
Sydney, Australia282 contributions
Absolutely terrific zoo!
Jun. 2021 • Family
We’ve been to many zoos around the world however National Zoo definitely is in the top 3! The zoo is well laid out & perfect for all ages. My small kids spent over an hour just in the playground which is great for all kids. We spent over 4 hours at the zoo.
Written 10 June 2021
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WIW
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
Definitely Worth a Visit
May 2021
Canberra Zoo offers a wonderful opportunity to see and learn about many fascinating creatures in a well designed environment. Easy to get around and with friendly and helpful staff, there is plenty to see. They offer a range of tours and animal experiences, which gives you the opportunity to get even closer to the wildlife. If you opt to stay at Jamala - this is the most superb experience and something you will always remember.
Written 4 June 2021
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Nalini S
10 contributions
Add the "Wonders of Wildlife" Tour to Your Bucket List Now!
May 2021
I booked two tickets for the National Zoo & Aquarium's "Wonders of Wildlife" (WOW) Tour for my husband's birthday. The purchase was completed easily online and there is plenty of information about what the day entails.

An early start is required (we were at the zoo by about 7.30am) but is worth it as the program runs on the animal's natural routines.

We were greeted at the zoo by our personal guide, John. The tour is intimate and only takes a maximum of 4 people but we were the only people booked that day so had our guide all to ourselves. The tour goes all day - a good 7 hours but I had a late schedule change and needed to finish early. I informed John who went out of his way to adjust the schedule so that I could see as many animals as possible before I had to leave.

The encounters were amazing and something I will never forget for the rest of my life. There aren't many people in the world who can say they have patted a white rhino!

We got up close and personal and fed so many amazing animals including Sun Bears, White Lions, Tigers, Giraffes and Tree Kangaroos.

Feeding the otters was a real highlight as well as numerous species of Madagascan lemurs and teeny tiny pygmy marmosets - soooo cute. Scratching lemurs under their arms and watching them raise their hands in the air in response was crazy! Patting a cheetah is also very cool.

Apart from feeding the animals, we got real behind the scenes access and got to see all the cool stuff that the general public doesn't normally see.

A very nice lunch and morning tea was also included in the price which I think was a real bargain considering it's a full day with a personal guide and you pat and feed some of the rarest animals in the world. Be warned, it's a long day so dress for comfort and wear good, supportive walking shoes or trainers. My fitbit said we'd done about 15kms walking.

A huge personal thank you to our guide, John. He was intelligent, personable and charming and went out of his way to make the day a huge success. Thank you for a day we will never forget!
Written 4 June 2021
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caitio
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
WOW tour
May 2021
We booked the tour. Our guide, John, was already in the car park to meet us. Was a full on day with so many highlights! Thank you to John and the team.
Written 31 May 2021
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Shantel G
1 contribution
WOW Tour
May 2021
We went on the WOW tour, Ty was amazing and very informative. We loved every minute of it. Thank you
Written 31 May 2021
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Gillian M
1 contribution
Wonderful experience
May 2021 • Family
We booked this experience as a special treat for our daughters 21st birthday. Kelly was an amazing guide and the day far exceeded our expectations. Highly recommended
Written 25 May 2021
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Julie F
6 contributions
Amazing to see animals up close
May 2021
Nice place to visit no matter your age, lots of walking but well worth the visit. Staff friendly and really care about their animal charges
Written 21 May 2021
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