Unlike other Australian capitals, Brisbane doesn’t have a big main zoo. It goes one better by having several fantastic zoos offering a variety of excellent wildlife experiences.
So you not only get more options for fun outings, but also the chance to see wild creatures in a more intimate and relaxed fashion, free from the pressure to cram everything into one crazy day.
Your Brisbane Zoo Options
If cooing to a koala is high on your bucket list, you’ve come to the right place. Queensland is the only state in Oz where it’s still legal to cuddle them. However, there’s much more going on at Brisbane zoos than petting cute, fluffy marsupials.
Alma Park Zoo at Dakabin is great for children as they can get nice and close to the residents. If they’re really lucky, they might even get chased by one. Have the camera ready. Other highlights are the beautiful rainforest, the green spaces, and the fantastic talks by zookeepers.
Australia Zoo at Beerwah is huge, action-packed, and has much more to offer than Steve Irvin’s beloved crocodiles – which, by the way, are very impressive. Over 1000 animals live here. BYO picnic or enjoy the food sold here – it’s pretty good!
Lone Park Koala Sanctuary at Fig Tree Pocket is one of the world’s top 10 zoos. It offers awesome close encounters with koalas and other animals. You can also see sheep dogs put through their paces, watch birds of prey do their thing, and enjoy other experiences not found at ordinary zoos.
Walk About Creek at The Gap is a conservation and animal rescue centre that’s a big hit with the small ones. They’ll love hanging out with the kangaroos and meeting new furred and feathered friends.
Lyell Deer Sanctuary at Mt Samson is rather special. As well as seeing and feeding the deer in their natural habitat, there are cool craft and leather workshops to check out.
Brisbane zoos further afield
Within an hour of Brisbane, down on the Gold Coast, there are several wildlife attractions well worth a trip. They include Dream World Tiger Island, Sea World Aquatic Zoo, David Fleay Wildlife Park, and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Up on the Sunshine Coast, there’s Underwater World at Mooloolaba.
Ipswich’s beautiful 22-hectare Queen Park Nature Centre has native animals, a fabulous aviary and a nursery farm.
Tangalooma Resort Dolphin Exhibits on Moreton Island is a memorable day out – allow plenty of time.
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