Brisbane Zoos, Animal & Wildlife Experiences
While Brisbane is a thriving capital city, you’d be surprised at how much wildlife you’ll find. In animal parks, wildlife sanctuaries and sometimes just roaming the outskirts of the suburbs there are several species that call Brisbane area.
There are facilities that work to protect these creatures and educate the public about their habits and the best ways to co-exist. A number of wildlife sanctuaries also help to treat and rehabilitate sick or injured animals and eventually release them back into their natural environment.
Between sanctuaries and zoos there are several places where children and adults alike can enjoy the thrill of getting up close to a huge range of animals. You’ll get to see Australia’s unique native wildlife, as well as foreign species on display in habitats made to simulate their homes.
People from all over the world know who Steve Irwin was; that enthusiastic Aussie guy that absolutely loved our diverse wildlife. He fought to save and conserve wildlife and the Australia Zoo is carrying on that mission. The Zoo is home to many Australian creatures that include kangaroos, crocodiles, koalas, dingos and even snakes. Alongside the Australian inhabitants there’s a number of exciting creatures from all over the world. From playful tigers, rhinos and cheetahs to massive Asian elephants there’s something to interest the whole family.
At Australia Zoo there are opportunities for you to get up close and personal with the animals. You can help to feed the animals and get photos with some of your favourite cuddly creatures. Imagine getting a photo of yourself hand feeding a great big elephant. Australia Zoo is about an hour drive north of Brisbane on the Bruce Highway. You can get there by car, train and even a regular bus service called the Croc Express Coach.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Situated within the Brisbane suburb of Fig Tree Pocket, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is home to over 130 koalas since 1927, it's the oldest and largest koala sanctuary in the world! While conservation of koalas was the Sanctuary's initial goal it has accumulated several other animals over the years. You'll get to see and learn about dingos, Tasmanian devils, bats, echidnas, wombats and even the ever shy platypus. You can even get a photo taken as you cuddle a koala. There are school excursion and other educational vocational programs for children to learn about Australia's unique native wildlife.
Dolphin Feeding at Tangalooma
If you want a truly unique experience head to Tangalooma beach at sunset. Every evening a pod of dolphins swim up to the beach and will eat food straight out of your hands. Selected guests can walk out into the water with a Dolphin Care Team member and experience the playfulness of this familiar family.
You'll even notice that each of these playful creatures have distinct personalities as they swim around your legs and vie for attention.
Alma Park Zoo
Only 30 minutes north of Brisbane, the Alma Park Zoo is another place where you can get up close and personal with a range of Australian and exotic wildlife. There are opportunities to feed and pet eastern quolls, marmosets, red pandas, koalas and even play with ring tailed lemurs just like those on the hit film Madagascar.
You’ll find an incredibly diverse selection of animals from the mythical looking Iguanas, massive pythons, colourful frogs, Tasmanian devils, bears, pandas and even albino kangaroos.
Set in a lush rainforest you’ll feel more like you’re in the animal’s native homes than a zoo. For a safe, affordable and educational family day out you could do a lot worse than the Alma Park Zoo.
Moreton Bay in Brisbane is recognised as one of the best whale watching tour areas. The calm waters are a haven that many pods will use as a rest stop as they make their way north or south during the migration seasons. The same pod of whales has often been seen in the bay for 3 days in a row.
Whale watchers can enjoy the smooth boat ride out to where you’re almost guaranteed to make a sighting during migration season. Also keep an eye out for dolphins, green turtles and loggerhead turtles that frolic in the waters of Moreton bay.
Brisbane's Moreton Bay is arguably one of the best places to observe the annual migration of the Humpback Whale. Your expert guide and captain Kerry Lopez gives a comprehensive commentary throughout the trip, ensuring your experience is educational as well as fun.
Your whale watching vessel is the magnificent and aptly named 'Eye Spy' which allows you excellent visibility of these amazing creatures. For an experience that's guaranteed to leave you awe, whale watching in Brisbane can't be missed.
From June through to October, visitors to Tangalooma can partake in a daily Whale Watching Cruise. Board the largest whale watching vessel departing from Brisbane and see these majestic humpback whales in their natural environment as part of the awe-inspiring day tour.
The cruise includes a light lunch on board as well as educational commentary throughout the cruise by a Qualified marine biologist from Tangalooma's Marine Education and Conservation Centre (TMECC).
Enjoy exciting, up-close encounters with humpback whales as they migrate through the crystal clear waters of Brisbane’s Moreton Bay between the months of June and November. Be amazed as you watch these gentle giants of the sea breech and play within meters of the luxury high-speed catamaran. Your whale watching cruise includes a gourmet buffet lunch including fresh tiger prawns, cold meats and salads. Choose to join the whale watching cruise at Redcliffe Jetty or include roundtrip coach transport from Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast.
Experience the best that Surfers Paradise has to offer on this day trip from Brisbane. Cruise the canals and see the homes of the Gold Coast's rich and famous. Watch humpback whales at play from your purpose built, whale watching vessel. After your cruise, there is some time (45 mins) for your own exploration of Surfers Paradise before returning to Brisbane.