Book Now - Autism Access Day

On our Access Days, guests on the autism spectrum with their family and friends can enjoy early entry to the National Zoo & Aquarium, Canberra. This is a great opportunity for you to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Zoo before it opens to the general public. There will be some friendly animals to meet and our helpful zoo guides will be available for questions and assistance.

Preregistration is required so please purchase your tickets prior to coming. NZA FONZ Members wishing to attend, please contact the zoo to register



Average Duration: 2 - 4 hours



About National Zoo & Aquarium

We are located on Lady Denman Drive, next to Scrivener Dam, near Yarralumla - approximately 9km from the centre of Canberra - just off Parkesway/Tuggeranong Parkway.


999 Lady Denman Drive,
Weston Creek
Canberra, ACT 2611

Weather Information

As the majority of the exhibits our outdoors, you should dress for the weather. There will be no refunds or rain checks due to inclement weather, animals resting or animals sleeping, or the closure of any exhibits/animals off display

Other Information

What To Bring
• A bracelet or name tag with contact details and anything else we should know if they become separated from your group.

• Ear plugs or headphones. Areas of the Zoo can become crowded and noisy.

• A favourite device or activity. Bring their tablet, video game, book, or anything else you think might distract them and keep them occupied during any periods of waiting. Please note that some items are restricted from entry to the Zoo. Bikes (including three wheelers for toddlers), scooters, skateboards, wagons, roller-shoes/skates/blades are prohibited.

• Reinforcers for good behaviour. The average visit to the Zoo is 3 hours, so an item to keep them entertained can be helpful. The sights, sounds, smells and movements through the Zoo might become overwhelming, so a sensory toy could be useful.

• You can print the Zoo Map before you come so you can plan your day.