Conveniently nestled beneath the Tuggeranong Parkway and overlooking the mouth of the Molongolo River as it meets Lake Burley Griffin, The National Zoo and Aquarium is exactly as billed; it houses outdoor animal sanctuaries for big cats, giraffes, bears and primates among others as well as an aquarium inside with sharks and colourful Great Barrier Reef dwellers. The combination of the two makes it easy to wile away most of your day at the animal hub; however if your stay stretches into night, then try out the recently developed Jamala Wildlife Lodge that gives overnight visitors extra close encounters with the Zoo’s permanent residents - like bathing next to the bear enclosure!

National Zoo & Aquarium | 999 Lady Denman Dr, Weston Creek | +61 2 6287 8400 

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