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FREE & Cheap Australia Zoo Tickets Updated July 2024

UPDATED ON 13 June, 2024

If you are looking for cheap Australia Zoo tickets, you’ve found the right place! This little known offer is good for FREE entry to Australia Zoo and we have a tonnes of ways you can get discount tickets for Australia Zoo too!

Keep reading all the way to the bottom to see ALL the way to get into Australia Zoo for free and all the current discount tickets for Australia Zoo! These change from time to time, so I always check them every single month for you! You can trust that this is the most up to date article for these tickets – whether it is a family pass to Australia Zoo or individual tickets!

Australia Zoo is a perfect day out any time of the year just like these other awesome zoos in Brisbane!

FREE Australia Zoo Tickets

There are 4 different ways to get into Australia Zoo for free (and none of them involve scaling the fence!) 😉

The first way is via a birthday for kids. Australia Zoo wants your kids to celebrate their birthday at their place, so to help them have a happy birthday, they get FREE admission into Australia Zoo!!

One of our writers checked it out so we have all the T&C’s down pat to ensure you get the most out of their special day!

Just like most opportunities for ‘free stuff’ (including free food on your birthday) you need to do a little planning before the big day.

(Keep reading because we have discount Australia Zoo tickets for adults and kids as well as a discount on Australia Zoo tickets for families passes!)

How to score FREE Australia Zoo tickets in 2024

  1. Make sure you sign up to the Australia Zoo Birthday Club before the day.
  2. It’s free to join.
  3. The free Australia Zoo ticket is valid for kids only and only before their 14th birthday.
  4. Your child must present acceptable proof of birth date (birth certificate, passport or any government issued id).
  5. FREE birthday offer is valid for seven (7) days from the date of your birthday. Which means 7 days before OR after.
  6. Offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offer or discounts.

So…. here’s the best part that our writer found out. Her kids’ birthdays are two weeks apart – so they went on the weekend in the middle and they BOTH got in for free. Her son took a friend and his birthday was also within the date range and HE got in for free too!

If that’s not winning at life, I don’t what is! But wait… there’s more….

The second way to get free entry to Australia Zoo is by being under 3 years old. As per Australia Zoo’s Admissions Policy, children under 3 years are admitted free.

Companion card holders get free entry at Australia Zoo

The third way to get into Australia Zoo for free is to hold a valid Australian companion card and go to the zoo with the person with a disability that you are caring for.

Police, fire and ambulance service personal get free entry to Australia Zoo

This is the fourth way to get into Australia Zoo for free. To honour the work of our current service personnel, Australia Zoo offers free entry to:

  • Queensland Police Service
  • Federal Police Service
  • International Police
  • Sunshine Coast Fire Service
  • Sunshine Coast Ambulance Service

To receive these discounts, current identification must be shown on entry. These discounts only apply to the service member, not their family.

Where to get CHEAP Australia Zoo tickets

I’ll admit that cheap tickets for Australia Zoo are pretty hard to come by. So we’ve done some research on your behalf and found the cheapest way to get into Australia Zoo.

Defence Force and veterans get cheap tickets for Australia Zoo

To honour the work of our Australian Defence Force, Australia Zoo offers a 50% discount to:

  • Current Australian Defence Force members
  • Australian Defence Force spouses
  • Australian War Veterans and War Veteran spouses

Current international Defence Force personnel receive a 10% discount on tickets.

To receive these discounts, current identification must be produced on entry.

Families Tip: Defence and Emergency Service personnel discounts do not extend to family, with the exception of Australian Defence Force, Australian War Veteran and War Veteran spouses, who receive a 50% discount when appropriate identification is provided.

The Entertainment App

If you haven’t yet, do yourself a favour and buy the latest version of the annual The Entertainment App. They offer the best Australia Zoo discount tickets with a 10% discount. The app usually costs $69.99 for one city or $119.99 for multi-cities for 12 months and the savings are excellent. We always get amazing value out of ours. We share the purchase price amongst family members and use the app on our phone. SO EASY!

RACQ cheap / Australia Zoo discount tickets

If you or someone you know is an RACQ member, you can use the membership to buy discounted Australia Zoo tickets from them. They offer a 10% discount off all tickets and their Australia Zoo deals are well known with locals for children, adults and families.

Other websites to get cheap Australia Zoo discount tickets

Right – so to help you work out the best way to get the cheapest tickets we have listed here the details of FULL PRICE for entry if you buy your tickets from Australia Zoo:

  • Adult ticket – $71.95 for an adult (or $69.95 if you don’t do the hospital sneak peek).
  • Kid ticket (3 – 14 years) – 46.95 (or $44.95 without the hospital sneak peek)
  • Students aged 15 – 17 – $61.95 (or $59.95 without the hospital sneak peek).
  • Family of 4 is $217.95 (or $209.95 without the hospital sneak peek).
  • Family of 5 is $249.95 (or $239.95 without the hospital sneak peak)

Do the math to figure it out for your family make-up but currently above and below are the cheapest Australia Zoo tickets.

I have outlined ALL the other possible discounts below – DO make the effort to methodically click on each one of the links below – all of them!!

The BEST Australia Zoo deals for 2024

There are a few discount ticket options for 2024. Keep reading and click on all the links to double check:

Try these Australia Zoo coupon sites:

Scoopon dicounts

Australia Zoo discount tickets – click here – <— currently cheapest option!

Or you could try….

Australia Zoo discount tickets

Experience Oz offer Australia Zoo tickets with hospital sneak peek here.

If you are staying on the Sunshine Coast, this Australia Zoo pass gives you transfers included!

cudo discounts

Australia Zoo discounts from Cudo

Is it cheaper to buy Australia Zoo tickets online?

It is cheaper to buy Australia Zoo tickets online from one of the discount sites listed above!

REMINDER: We can also get you really cheap into Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary too!

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Why is Australia Zoo so expensive?

Think about having to house and feed and care for all of those animals. And think about the shows that are created and displayed and all the staffing requirements. Think about the good work the team at Australia Zoo beyond the zoo itself. And also think about your zoo pass price as a small contribution to the care they provide for for the animals and for our planet.

Then think about the amazing time you will have creating memories with your family. You might not do it multiple times a year, but it is certainly worth a visit – people travel from across the world to visit, so shouldn’t you pop up the motorway?

History of Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo is a massive 100-acre zoo located in Queensland on the Sunshine Coast near Beerwah/Glass House Mountains.

Australia Zoo was opened by Bob and Lyn Irwin on 3 June 1970 under the name Beerwah Reptile and Fauna Park. Their son, Steve, had helped his parents since childhood to care for crocodiles and reptiles and to maintain the growing number of animals in the zoo.

In 1982 the park was renamed the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park and the area was doubled with the purchase of another 4 acres. Steve and Terri changed the name of their now growing wildlife park to Australia Zoo. As filming generated extra funds, Steve and Terri put all money raised from filming and merchandise into conservation and building new exhibits.

Australia Zoo won the Australian Tourism Awards for 2003–2004 in the category Major Tourist Attraction. In 2004, the Australian Animal Hospital was opened next to the zoo to help with animal care and rehabilitation. More recently, the zoo was a finalist in two categories for the 2010 Queensland Tourism Awards.

Visitors will see a wide variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles, and can view crocodile feedings, hand-feed elephants, and have hands-on animal encounters.

Can you take food into Australia Zoo?

Yes!! You are welcome to take your own food into Australia Zoo! There are water fountains around the Zoo so that you can refill your water bottle. There are plenty of nice shady areas to enjoy a picnic lunch, so bring a blanket and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

RELATED: If you are planning a trip to the Sunshine Coast, read our BEST things to do on the Sunshine Coast article too!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

14 thoughts on “FREE & Cheap Australia Zoo Tickets Updated July 2024”

  1. Hi there,

    Was wondering if you offer tourism industry rates for airline workers?

    I work for Air New Zealand as a flight attendant.

    All good if not, just curious.


  2. Hi there
    We would like to take our elderly parents
    (Both aged 80) to visit Australia Zoo
    They have never been before
    Do you have mobility scooters available for hire and if so how much are they to hire
    This would be such a thrill for them both

  3. We would like to know if it is acceptable to you to allow my special needs son to take advantage of your great offer for his birthday at which time he would love to cuddle a koala and possibly Pat a wallaby and whatever animals are not too aggressive as he is a little timid when it comes to animals of you would reply with an answer we would be grateful. Regards Frank & Lyn Keidel

  4. Is there are discount for a person with a blind dissability pension card and does the carer get in free if the dissability person has a companion card.

  5. My grandsons 10th BIRTHDAY is in February and he has his heart set on visiting Australia Zoo,I would love to take his mum and 2 younger brothers for his special day as they have had a rough few years. I’m on a pension and any discounts would be a big help for me to make his dream a reality and make his 10th BIRTHDAY one to remember always.

  6. Is it cheaper to do a group booking as well as to go with our RACQ Card
    My Daughter has a disability concession card and carries a companion card as well,so can I go in for free to take care of her.

  7. Hi there, Thanks for letting us know about that deal. We are holidaying at the Sunshine Coast next week and are looking to go – it will be 6 days after my daughter’s birthday so I have signed up! Just thought I would add if you use the code BIRTHDAY at checkout, you don’t have to pay the $2.50 transaction fee, so it really is free!

  8. Hi Families Magazine, I joined the birthday club for my kids to get free entry on their birthday, and we got a surprise bonus. The birthday kids also got a free 8x10inch animal encounter photo, which wasn’t mentioned anywhere on their website! I don’t know if that’s a permanent bonus (it was printed on the entrance receipt), but we always take our own photos with the roving animal encounters anyway, so to get a free large print included was a lovely memory-making surprise! We love the zoo and to us it’s well worth the entrance fee to support their animal conservation endeavours 🙂


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