Australia is renowned for its diverse and incredibly unique wildlife: there are creatures native to Australia that exist nowhere else on the planet. Whether you are a wildlife fanatic or simply dream of cuddling a koala, there are plenty of nature parks in the country where you can meet and greet these curious creatures up close in their natural habitats.
Here are some of Australia’s wildlife parks and sanctuaries that should be on your list:
Phillip Island Nature Parks
There is no better place to experience authentic Australian wildlife than Phillip Island Nature Parks. Located just south of Melbourne and easily accessible from the city, this extraordinary and incredibly beautiful collection of islands is owned by the leading ecotourism organisation, Phillip Island Nature Parks and has put itself on the map for its diverse range of wildlife.
From Penguin Parades where you can discover deals, penguins and other Antarctic creatures to exciting EcoBoat tours featuring a range of marine life, the islands offer an impressive variation of expeditions and animals.
A wildlife lover’s paradise, Phillip Island Nature Park is the perfect nature break from the city but be sure to plan your trip carefully – there are so many islands to visit!
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
If you find yourself venturing further afield to the idyllic island of Tasmania, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is a must and especially if you are a loony tunes fan!
Home to Tasmanian devils, which differ slightly from the much-loved cartoon, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary protects these unique creatures whilst allowing visitors to meet them up close.
You can also meet and greet an array of other iconic Australian animals, including kangaroos, wombats, kangaroos, sugar gliders, koalas and more, with the opportunity to feed and learn all about their fascinating habits. Enjoy a family day out and experience the ‘wild’ Australia at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary!
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Cute, cuddly and friendly, koala bears are undoubtedly one of Australia’s most iconic animals and a must-see when visiting the country.
At Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, sick, injured and orphaned Koalas are rescued and nurtured – the park offers them the ultimate place of sanctuary after they have been Not only can you meet and feed koalas, wallabies and kangaroos up close, but you can learn all about our furry friends and contribute to their conservation.
Located just south of Brisbane, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is an ideal day out if you are holidaying on the Gold Coast!