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National Zoo & Aquarium

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Published April 27th 2019
See the beautiful and amazing residents of the zoo
Recently when my cousin from England was visiting, we decided to take a trip to the National Zoo and Aquarium. As we didn't have a car it was a bit difficult to get there but we managed to get there a bit after it opened for the day which was great as it was a rather warm day. The zoo itself is a huge 19 hectares with easily over 65 different animal enclosures with plenty of different types of monkeys as well as giraffes and lions.

The best way to get around the zoo we found was to simply follow the numbers, on the Adventure Path as it made sure we got to see all of the animals without having to do any backtracking. When we went most of the animals were up and about but there were a few that were still sleeping. We also managed to time our visit right to see the Meerkats being fed for the morning by one of the zookeepers and got to hear a bit more about these really cute animals. Although, I think we both agree that we found the little penguins to be the cutest animals by far!

The Penguin

Accompanying the zoo is a small aquarium, and by small, I mean small. There were probably only 7 or 8 tanks that were of a small to medium size and some enclosures for the reptiles. Although, in saying that I really liked all the reptiles and loved that we were there for the reptile meet and greet where I got to touch a snake.


The zoo is smaller than other zoos in Melbourne and Sydney, but it was still worth a visit, and we did spend all morning going around the zoo and aquarium. There is also a nice playground and café on the opposite side to the main entrance, so I suggest planning your visit to get to the other side of the zoo for lunchtime if you want to have lunch at the zoo!

Tree Kangaroo

All in all, we had a great time looking at all the beautiful and amazing residents in the zoo. It was definitely worth the journey to get there!
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When: 9:30am–5:00pm every day of the year, except Christmas Day
Phone: 02 6287 8400
Where: Scrivener Dam, Yarralumla, Canberra, ACT 2611
Cost: Adults $47 and Kids under 15 $26
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