How to watch National Geographic in Australia

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The National Geographic Channel has long been a favourite amongst budding scientists and animal lovers alike. In the age of streaming platforms however, it can be hard to keep track of all these classic television networks as streaming services try to sink their fangs into a larger market share. If you’re hankering for some wildlife documentaries, find out where to watch National Geographic.

How to watch National Geographic in Australia

You can watch National Geographic on Disney+, Foxtel and Fetch in Australia, which each provider offering a wide variety of shows and documentaries to watch or stream. However, if you want the most comprehensive access to National Geographic, Disney+ will likely be the place to go.

National Geographic on Disney+

Disney+ is the only platform in Australia that gives you access to the complete National Geographic library, rather than a live stream of the National Geographic Channel. This includes original National Geographic content, as well as a backlog of older shows.

Sign up to Disney+ Australia

Disney+ is the new talk of the streaming world, so how can you get a subscription? There are two plan options to choose from – a monthly subscription at $8.99 per month, or prepay for a year at $89.99 and save on the monthly cost. Both plans include the same features, with unlimited downloads and the ability to stream on up to four screens at the same time. This table includes links to a referral partner.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month or year
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Disney+ Monthly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel & National Geographic
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices

min. cost $8.99 over one month

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $8.99
Advertised Cost/month
Get DealCanstar Blue receives a commission for sign-ups through Disney+ *
Disney+ Logo

Disney+ Yearly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel & National Geographic
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices
  • Prepay for a yearly subscription and save on the monthly cost

min. cost $89.99 over one year

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $89.99
Advertised Cost/year
Get DealCanstar Blue receives a commission for sign-ups through Disney+ *

National Geographic Channel on Foxtel

The National Geographic Channel can be streamed in Australia via Foxtel on Channel 613 and comes as a part of the Foxtel Plus, Premium and Platinum Plus packages. Each package will gain you access to a wider variety of channels and shows, with the option to also add to your package, allowing you to get the content you want to see.

National Geographic Channel on Fetch

Streaming platform Fetch offers the National Geographic Channel as a part of its Knowledge add-on channel pack. For an extra $6 per month, the Fetch ‘Knowledge’ package includes the National Geographic Channel, the NatGeo Wild Channel and the Discovery Channel, among others.

National Geographic Website

If you’re not keen on signing up to a streaming service, you can register via the National Geographic website, which includes full TV show episodes. All you have to do is create an account, or sign in via a social media account.

National Geographic Shows

What National Geographic shows are on Disney+?

Disney+ offers the full range of National Geographic content, which can be streamed at any time. This includes original shows that are exclusive to the platform such as The World According to Jeff Goldblum.

The National Geographic content on the Disney+ platform is arranged in the following categories:

  • National Geographic Series: includes Drain the Oceans and Gordon Ramsay Uncharted.
  • National Geographic Movies: includes Before the Flood and Into the Okavango.
  • Vets and Pets: includes How Dogs Got Their Shapes and Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue.
  • Science and Innovation: includes Year Million and Mars Inside SpaceX.
  • Exploring our World: includes Wild Russia and America’s National Parks.

Is National Geographic still available on Optus?

For the past few years, Aussies were able to access National Geographic content via a partnership between Optus and National Geographic. However, with the introduction of Disney+, Optus and National Geographic have parted ways, with National Geographic content no longer available via Optus.

Photo credits: mariakray/shutterstock.com, National Geographic

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