The National Zoo and Aquarium
Wheelchair Access Review National Zoo And Aquarium Canberra
We had a fabulous time visiting The National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra. The National Zoo and Aquarium is wheelchair accessible, and has great access throughout the zoo via ramps and step free pathways. The cemented pathways and tracks are very flat, which makes it easy to get around for those in wheelchairs.
There are a number of disabled parking bays located in the car park, along with disabled toilets scattered throughout the zoo.
All cafes and gift shops have easy access and have plenty of room to move around for wheelchair users. There are accessible BBQ and picnic areas along with a playground area.
The zoo is one of the major tourist attractions in the ACT. It sits on 19 hectares, and includes an indoor Aquarium. It has a various selection of animals that call the zoo home. The zoo is focused on conservation, animal protection and education.
Accessible Lion Encounter
The lion encounter at The National Zoo and Aquarium is wheelchair accessible. Feeding the beautiful lioness was the highlight of our day. The feeding platform area is step free and has a full glass screen. The holes in the glass to feed the lions are fairly high to reach, so some wheelchair users might have trouble reaching depending on the individuals disability. The lion keeper was very friendly and accommodating. She went out of her way to ensure we were able to feed the white lion during our visit. We all had plenty of time each feeding the lioness. During the feeding the keeper filled us in on the white lions that lived at the zoo and their story.
The National Zoo and Aquarium also offer a number of other animal encounters such as, Cheetah encounter, Sun Bear encounter, Tiger encounter, Rhino encounter and more, but unfortunately all these encounters are not wheelchair accessible.
In my opinion I give The National Zoo and Aquarium a rating of 4.5 for wheelchair accessibility, and a rating of 4.5 stars for the overall experience .
* I was not financially compensated for this review. The review is based on my own opinion and personal experience.*