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Shark Pier:

Sharks are one of the most feared animals on the planet. At the National Zoo & Aquarium you can get up close to, and enjoy the grace of our reef sharks. Walk underneath the Pier and view these amazing creatures in the largest inland salt water tank in Australia - holding 200,000 litres.

As well as the Black Tipped reef sharks, this tank also houses Leopard Shark, a magnificent Queensland Groper and a Tawny Nurse Shark.

You can hand feed our Tawny Nurse Shark in our Daily Animal Encounters! - enquire on arrival for vacancies, or book online.

You can also hand feed sharks and all sorts of ferocious and amazing animals in the
Walk on the Wild Side Tour




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touch pool

Rhino Iguana




barrier reef wonders:

Marvel at the wonders and adaptations of some of the most brilliantly coloured animals in existence.

The Barrier Reef houses the most densely populated lifeforms around the globe. One of the world's 7 natural wonders, it is replicated for you in the largest inland aquarium in the country. You can view a variety of Reef species including:

Clown Fish & Tangs, Zebra and Giant Moray Eel, Hump-Head Maori Wrasse (also known as Giant Tuskfish), Giant Shovelnose Ray, Blue spot Ribbontail Ray, Seahorse, Marbled Groper, Epaulette Shark and a variety of live Corals.


Southern oceans:

Enter the timber Galleon "Jervis", and see creatures native to our temperate south coast waters.
Big Bellied Seahorse, King Crab, Southern Lobsters and Leather Jackets are displayed in spectacular round tanks bursting through the ships hull. ___________________________________________________________________

Rocky Shores:

Do you have fond memories of exploring ocean-side rock pools as a child? Experience this again with your own children as they see & explore the Rocky Shores Touch Pool. They can touch a variety of shells & shark eggs, plus see creatures such as Sea Urchins, Sea Apples, Zebra Eel, Star Fish, Sling Jaw Wrasse, close up.


River Systems of the World:

Make your way around the lower floor of our Aquarium and be immersed in a Tropical Rainforest. See a range of animals that live in and around freshwater rivers and lakes from all around the world, some exhibiting various strange and fascinating evolutionary adaptations.

Species include - Barramundi, Murray Cod, Freshwater Golden & Silver Perch, Australian Lungfish, Discus, Ox-eye Herring, Archer Fish, Australian Native Rainbow Fish, Fly River Turtle (pignose), Saw-Shelled Turtle.

Reptiles & Frogs:
This lower level is also where you will discover the Zoos collection of Frogs, Lizards, Snakes and our American Alligators. Species include - Boa Constrictor, Reticulated Python, Rhinoceros Iguana, Common Tree Frog, Rough Scaled Python, Anaconda, Green Iguana & Alligators.

Close up meetings with one of these friendly scaley inhabitants occur daily. _____________________________________________________________________  


Meet one of our very friendly reptiles during a "Snake Hold" or Alligator Meet & Greet in our interactive Keeper Talks that take place on weekends and School Holidays!
For more information and a timetable, see our Visitor Information page


If you have experience in keeping marine life and fresh and salt water aquariums, why not expand your knowledge and experience by becoming an aquarium volunteer. Fill in an application form or contact us via this form.