Cheetah Encounter at the National Zoo - Weekend

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  • Meet a fully grown cheetah at Canberra's National Zoo and Aquarium
  • Pat and play with one of these amazing creatures
  • Includes full day admission to explore the wonders of the park

Get up close and personal with a cheetah at Canberra's National Zoo and Aquarium. Enter the enclosure with an experienced zoo keeper and enjoy the rare opportunity to pat and play with one of these amazing creatures. This experience also includes full day entry to explore the wonders of the park.

What's Included?

  • Cheetah encounter
  • Day entry to National Zoo and Aquarium

Ever dreamt you might be able to handle some of the world's most amazing wildlife? Cheetahs are the fastest land animal in the world, running up to 110km an hour, and in the wild they are found only in Africa. Canberra's National Zoo and Aquarium offers one of the most amazing animal experiences in Australia - the opportunity to have hands-on contact with one of these majestic big cats. During your cheetah encounter, you will be in the same enclosure as an unrestrained fully grown adult cheetah. An experienced zookeeper will be with you to answer your questions and guide you as you pat and play with this incredible animal. Spend the rest of the day exploring the park, coming face to face with native Aussie icons and exotic creatures. There's also a cafe, bistro, several picnic areas and complimentary BBQ facilities for your convenience.

Session Length

  • The cheetah encounter goes for 15 minutes however participants do not have to pay extra for zoo entry and can stay the whole day
  • Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your encounter time
  • Available Saturday and Sunday only, excluding public holidays
  • Book at least three weeks in advance, subject to availability


  • Minimum age is 15 years
  • Children aged 15 years must be accompanied by a paying adult on the experience
  • Visitors must have good mobility and be able to understand and follow directions
  • As there is contact with cats, pregnant women need to speak with their doctors advice prior to making a booking
  • Participants are required to arrive at least 30 minutes before encounter time
  • Full Terms and Conditions are available on the National Zoo website


Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to this policy:

  • Rescheduling requires a minimum of seven days prior, $5 fee per person
  • Cancelling requires a minimum of seven days’ notice prior to your confirmed date. Participants may reschedule to another date or get a voucher to rebook, for a $5 fee per person
  • Bookings cancelled within seven days of your confirmed date will incur a 100% cancellation fee. If you miss your experience as a result of being late or not showing up, it will be treated as a cancellation and you will forfeit any monies paid and you will not be rescheduled

Numbers on the Day

Up to two people per encounter.


Encounters run in all weather, excluding electrical storms or high winds.

Dress Code

Casual wear and closed toe shoes recommended.

Other Info

Participant rescheduling notice required a minimum 24 hours prior $5 fee. Within 24 hours $20 fee.

National Zoo and Aquarium is located five minutes from Canberra CBD.