National Zoo & Aquarium

Discovery Learning Sessions

Discovery Learning Sessions are available 7 days a week (excluding ACT School Holidays) Choose from a wide range of curriculum based topics.

Discovery Learning Sessions include:

  • A one hour guided tour – choose from a variety of topics. If your desired topic is not listed, let us know and we can tailor a tour to your needs.
  • Admission to the Zoo for the day.
  • Hand feeding some of the zoo’s favourite animals; other animal interaction and reptile handling.

While each child may not feed or interact with the same animal, guides will ensure that each student has an exciting and engaging experience.

Each child is sure to have a unique experience. In order for students to participate in hand feeds of the larger animals, each student under 18 years of age must have an indemnity form completed prior to their visit to the zoo. These forms must be signed by a parent or guardian. Download School Indemnity Forms here.

Cost is $12.50 per student (based on 20 or more) for zoo entry and the guided tour.

Self guided visits are also available at $11.50 per student for zoo entry.

Note: Bookings for Guided Tours require a minimum of 5 days’ notice and can be made up to 365 days in advance. No payment is required at the time of booking. On completion of your online booking, you will receive an itemised tax invoice with your email confirmation. Please note – payment is required prior to, or on arrival.

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For general enquires, or to make changes to a current booking,
please phone 02 6287 8487 or email

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Discovery Learning Sessions

Food at the Zoo

You are welcome to bring in your own food to the Zoo.

There are a number of covered picnic areas, as well as a grassed area within the Zoo, and a grassed slope in our carpark, suitable for groups. There is also a small cafe at the Zoo.

Groups of more than 10 will need to pre-order hot food prior to or on arrival.

Cold drinks and ice-creams are available to purchase by the students. As the café counter is small students must be in groups of no more than 10 at a time accompanied by a Teacher. Whilst teachers are welcome to order hot drinks, we are unable to serve hot beverages to school students unless by prior arrangement.

Lunch Packs from $6.50 per student are available for delivery directly to the Zoo from Food on the Run. Lunch includes; a sandwich or roll (choice of different fillings) bottled water or fruit box and a snack or piece of fruit. To contact them directly for more information or to place an order, click here.

For general enquires, or to make changes to a current booking, please phone 02 6287 8487 or email

Food at the Zoo

Gift Shop

Our Gift Shop is filled with great value gifts and souvenirs, and all proceeds go towards our animals and special programs. However it is quite small. We would appreciate if schools limit the number of students in the Gift Shop to five at one time, accompanied by a Teacher. Make sure you plan your day to allow time for this if needed.

Gift Shop
Scrivener Dam, Yarralumla, Canberra, ACT 2611

Open every day from 9:30am to 5:00pm

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