National Zoo & Aquarium

Zoo in Canberra

It's certainly not the biggest in Australia but Canberra's zoo is well laid out and animal friendly, with native fauna such as Tasmanian devils and dingoes to keep the kids amused. It also offers various behind-the-scenes experiences where you can help to feed the sharks, lions, tigers and bears, and interact with rhinos and cheetahs.

Another unique offering is the chance to stay in the luxurious on-site Jamala Wildlife Lodge (, where you might find a giraffe leaning over your balcony or a tiger eyeing you through the window of your bedroom.

To get here, catch bus 81 (weekdays) or 981 (weekends) from platform 10 of the Civic bus station.