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Visiting Australia Zoo with kids? Here’s everything you need to know

Spread over 100 acres of beautiful Sunshine Coast bushland, Australia Zoo has to be one of Australia’s most iconic and popular zoos. Home to a diverse range of Australian animals, including koalas, kangaroos, and crocodiles, Australia Zoo caters to families with children of all ages.

The late Steve Irwin was one of Australia’s most famous conservationists and wildlife experts. His passion for animals and conservation is displayed throughout the Zoo, and visitors can learn about his life and work while exploring the park. His family, Terry, Bindi, and Robert, continue his legacy at the zoo.

Australia Zoo has plenty of play areas and shows designed specifically for kids. It also offers a variety of educational programs, such as animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, and talks from zookeepers. These experiences can teach children about conservation efforts and the importance of protecting wildlife.

Visiting Australia Zoo with kids is a super-fun day, but it pays to be prepared. So, here are all your questions on visiting Australia Zoo with kids answered.


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FAQ on visiting Australia Zoo with kids

How far is Australia Zoo from Brisbane?

Australia Zoo is about a 60-minute drive north of Brisbane – along the Bruce Highway.

What are the must-do things at Australia Zoo?

Showtime in the Crocoseum is a must-do for families. This jaw-snapping show brings you face-to-face with birds and snakes. You can even watch a massive croc launch a strike from the water’s edge!

How much are Australia Zoo tickets?

See the Australia Zoo website ticket page for up-to-date pricing. The ticket price includes entry to the Zoo, all wildlife shows during the day and children’s activities, including the giant jumping pillow.

What children’s activities are there at Australia Zoo?

As well as the wildlife shows, there is a giant jumping pillow, the Laughing Frog Waterpark and a teacup ride.

Do babies get into Australia Zoo for free?

Children are free of charge until the age of three. Children’s ticket prices apply for kids ages 3 to 14. Children aged 15 years and older require an adult ticket, or a student ticket can be purchased with a valid student ID card.

What are Australia Zoo ticket prices?

You can see Australia Zoo ticket prices on their website here. 

Are Australia Zoo tickets cheaper online?

Nope. Tickets to Australia Zoo are the same price online as at the gate.

Is Australia Zoo open on public holidays?

Yes! Australia Zoo is open every day of the year apart from Christmas Day

What time does Australia Zoo open and close?

Australia Zoo is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. However, some animals do go to bed at 4.30 pm.

Can we bring bikes or scooters?

Australia Zoo doesn’t allow scooters, bikes, or shoes with inserted wheels inside the grounds. You can hire a mobility scooter inside the Zoo.

Can I bring a pram?

Yes! You can also hire pull-along wagons and prams from the information desk at the front of the Zoo.

Is there a breastfeeding room or microwave facilities?

Yes, parents’ rooms are located throughout the Zoo, and the rooms next to the Information Desk have accessible microwave facilities.

What food is available at Australia Zoo?

There are several places to refuel at Australia Zoo. The central food court is Crikey Café, where you can find all the usual favourites, including burgers, pizza, hot chips, sandwiches, sushi, and salads. They cater for special dietary needs. Just talk to a member of staff for options that fit your requirements.

There is also the Laughing Frog Lolly Shop and Ice-Creamery that overlooks the Laughing Frog Water Park. Enjoy a coffee and watch the kids play in the water park. And with over 300 different types of lollies and loads of ice cream flavours to choose from, the kids will love it!

What is at the Australia Zoo Hospital?

The $2 sneak peek at the Australia Zoo Hospital provides entry into the purpose-built viewing area, where you can see the vet team in action as they treat sick and injured wildlife.

What animals does Australia Zoo have?

Too many to list! Visit Australia Zoo’s animal directory online to see the latest list.

Do the Irwins live at Australia Zoo?

Yes! Terri, Robert, Bindi, her husband Chandler, and baby Grace Warrior live at the Zoo. All are passionate about wildlife conservation and are based at Australia Zoo.

How long does it take to get around Australia Zoo?

It takes a full day to get around Australia Zoo comfortably. A shuttle service runs from one end to the other to cut down on the long walks.

Can we feed the kangaroos?

You can feed the kangaroos at Australia Zoo! For $3 per bag, you can Pick up a bag of special kangaroo food from selected gift shops and the Information Desk.

How much is an Australia Zoo annual pass?

An annual pass is an excellent way for local families to experience Australia Zoo time and time again without breaking the budget. Prices at the time of publishing are Adults: $139 Children:$99. But check the Australia Zoo Annual Pass page for up-to-date pricing.

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