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National Zoo and Aquarium

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Address: 999 Lady Denman Drive, Canberra 2611, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 6287 8400
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The National Zoo & Aquarium is privately owned and Australia's only...

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 7 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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Great way to spend the morning

I enjoyed walking around the zoo and talking with the volunteers, who had lots on information to share about the animals. The white lions are just beautiful and I loved taking... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I enjoyed walking around the zoo and talking with the volunteers, who had lots on information to share about the animals. The white lions are just beautiful and I loved taking photos of them. Plenty of places to sit and relax while watching the animals.

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Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed a night at Jamala Wildlife lodge inside the zoo, It was a fantastic experience with great guides and staff to cater for our stay

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Thank Andrew R
Macquarie, Australia
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Too expensive to take a family for an outing. Needs to be more affordable as a day out for families with children. A single mother with twins - just can not afford. Otherwise its ok as far as zoo's go.

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Thank katrinasmithers01
Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Got the ZooVenture Tour for my partner and I after reading the Website stating that Lions, Brown Bears, Dingoes, Rhinos, Giraffe and Snakes were regally included in the tour. We had to change the tour date due to poor weather and were charged $25 (not told to us on booking) to change the booking even though we gave 2 days... More 

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Thank Daniel N
Greater Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our first visit to the National Zoo. This zoo is undergoing major redevelopment to increase its size to almost 3 times its present size. Having said that, the zoo is unaffected by all the work and is a most pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. We also did a behind the scenes tour (Zooventure tour) which... More 

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Thank Angela G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This zoo is beautiful, the whole layout, the enclosures absolutely exceptional. Negatives, zoo is small only takes about 2 hrs if you are not doing an animal encounter also bit on the rich side as it is more expensive than taronga which is twice the size. Cafe is very average & very expensive. My advice go early in morning, so... More 

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NatZoo, Public Relations Manager at National Zoo and Aquarium, responded to this review

Hi cazcurry, thank you very much for the 4 star review and we are glad you had a great time on your recent visit. We are opening a new open range area soon which means we will expand to nearly 3 times our current size. We are also adding a new larger Cafe to that area to compliment the small... More 

Moruya, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Animal section was fantastic, great detail to show the trail to follow so you didn't get lost and you didn't backtrack only if you wanted to, the aquarium was disappointing I thought it was bigger 😭which was sad. Sad to see sharks in small tanks unless their was more I couldn't see

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Thank katiekerr1
NatZoo, Guest Relations Manager at National Zoo and Aquarium, responded to this review

Hi katiekerr1, thank you for your review - glad you enjoyed your visit. Yes, our Aquarium is not as grand as the major stand alone Aquariums which are attractions in themselves - but is the only inland exhibit of its kind. It is really another aspect of the Zoo and houses all our reptile, frogs and fish exhibits. The shark... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having not long ago been to the Perth Zoo I had no great expectations however I was pleasantly surprise about the size of the zoo and the nice enclosures. The only thing missing was maybe more toilets and stations where you could buy drinks. I was spoilt with this in Perth. There were lots of guides around explaining about the... More 

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Sale, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Family of 5 visited the zoo including out young adult children and we were all very impressed. The zoo was clean and tidy, easy to find everything and with the lay out of the area and the easy to follow arrows showing which way to go next you couldn't miss out on seeing any of the exhibits. All the animals... More 

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Thank gippyhippy
NatZoo, Guest Relations Manager at National Zoo and Aquarium, responded to this review

Hi gippyhippy, thank you for your wonderful review and we are pleased you all had a great time during your visit More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

always love coming here... they have done a lot of work and changed the zoo and walk ways.. if your in canberra the zoo is a must do!!

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