National Zoo & Aquarium

Gift shop

Our Gift Shop is stocked full of a great variety of souvenirs to remind you of your visit, from pocket money toys to quality clothing, wildlife themed home and giftware and beautiful jewellery. Open from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm. You can also visit the Gift Shop without entering the zoo – please ask our friendly staff  to gain entry. Purchases made in our Gift Shop contribute to our special animal programs here at the Zoo.

Gift shop

Cafe

The Rainforest Cafe is located near the lower car park entry, adjacent to Monkey Island. Grab a quick snack, a famous Village Pie and a cold drink, or relax with a coffee and a sweet treat and watch the antics of the nearby Capuchin Monkeys.

Catwak Cafe is located on our Lion Catwalk and is open periodically in peak periods.

There are also snack and drink vending machines located around the park for your convenience.

Cafe

Picnic areas

You are welcome to bring your own food and drink into the Zoo (with the exception of alcohol).

The zoo has several areas within the grounds that can cater for anything from a simple picnic or BBQ to a large family or corporate event whilst being surrounded by some of the zoos most amazing animals.

Our BBQ areas are all shared facilities which are free to use.

However – if you wish to book a table or an entire area exclusively for your event, please email functions@nationalzoo.com.au for more information and the fees involved.

Asian Aviary - BBQ area

This is a small covered pergola BBQ area adjacent to the Birds of Asia aviary. It is surrounded by the Meerkat and Red Panda exhibits with the Tree Kangaroos and Koalas close by. 2 large picnic tables with bench seats and an electric BBQ. This area would suit a small group with guests numbering around 10–20.

Asian Aviary - BBQ area

Sun Bear - BBQ/function area

This is a small, quiet spot nestled amongst beautiful gardens with a small grassed area alongside a covered pergola with 3 large picnic tables and bench seats and two separate electric BBQ’s. Nearby is the Birds of Asia aviary and the Meerkats and Red Panda exhibits, all can be easily accessed from the function area. This area would suit a small group with guests numbering around 20 – 50. Suitable for lunchtime events, or early evening functions (daylight savings)

Sun Bear - BBQ/function area

African Plains - BBQ/function area

This is a large grassed area that is situated centrally in the Zoo. It also has a covered pergola area with 3 large picnic tables and bench seats and two separate BBQ’s. Surrounding this area are exhibits for Giraffe, Black and White Colobus Monkey and the Native Walk Thru. This area is capable of holding larger groups with guests numbering approx 30 – 60, and many more if you utilise the adjoining grassed area for picnickers. Suitable for lunchtime events and early evening functions (daylight savings) it also makes a good central venue for corporate Family Days easily fitting over 100 guests.

African Plains - BBQ/function area

New Viewing Park Cabanas

Our new Viewing Park has 4 covered Cabanas for visitor use. 1, 2 and 3 table Cabanas, and a 4 Table Pavillion are available, all surrounded by grassed areas. There is a large shared BBQ for the Cabanas plus another BBQ at the Pavillion that are free to use. This new central area is surrounded by a number of animal enclosures, including Rhinos, Blackbuck, Maned Wolves and more. A tranquil waterfall, creek, landscaped gardens and trees make this a wonderful area to hold your family picnic or larger event, while having access to a number of animal species in close proximity. This area is suitable for larger lunchtime events and early evening functions (daylight savings) and for corporate Family Days, easily accommodating over 200 guests.

New Viewing Park Cabanas
Scrivener Dam, Yarralumla, Canberra, ACT 2611

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

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