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Animal Encounters

Who doesn’t enjoy getting up close and personal with some cuddly (and not so cuddly animals)?

Australia has plenty of options to have all types of different animal experiences.

Victoria –
Escape into nature to  enjoy some of the world’s most amazing animals at Melbourne Zoo.

See native animals and feed some kangaroos at Healesville Zoo or feel like you are in the African savannah at Werribee Zoo, as you jump aboard a safari car and roam through the enclosures.

Head to Gumbuya World and see the wildlife park. From native and endangered animals, mingle with furry friends, get cosy with koalas and wombats, follow the free roaming kangaroos and dingoes. See some creepy crawlies at the Critter Cave and pat a python if you dare.

Ballarat Wildlife Park is set amongst a beautiful lush environment. Feed the kangaroos, see  native Australian wildlife or see Crunch, the five metre Super Croc or the Sumatran Tigers. Spend time in a one on one animal encounter experience with a koala or wombat.

Specially designed for children, Rain Hayne and Shine Farmyard  on the Mornington Peninsula has a large variety of friendly farm animals, which you can feed, cuddle and pat. Have a ride on the farm ponies or enjoy a hayride around the farm.

There are a range of ‘farm’ experiences just on the outskirts of Melbourne CBD, that show kids what farm life looks like. Edendale Farm provides an interactive community and education centre to support sustainable living practices for the whole community. Hold a Guinea Pig, visit the goats, sheep and cows, see how composting works with worms and more. Collingwood Children’s Farm allows you to bottle feed young lambs, feed the animals, help with farm chores and feed the chooks and collect their eggs. Come and meet the friendly farm animals at Bundoora Park Farm. Take a ride to see the kangaroos or emus and explore the Heritage Village.

Watch Little Penguins dash home across the sand at dusk at the Phillip Island Nature Parks Penguin Parade. Get up close and personal and hear the penguins as they greet their neighbours, partners and their chicks in their natural habitat. You may even see Wallabies, Bandicoots, Geese and Shearwaters.

Northern Territory –
In the heart of Darwin CBD, Crocosaurus Cove is home to the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles, including the iconic saltwater crocodile. Learn all about Australia’s incredible wildlife, watch a croc feeding show, cuddle a snake or lizard or get a hold of a baby croc. If you love exhilarating fun, try the Cage of Death!

Crocodylus Park & Zoo gives you an outback experience, but in the city! Come face to face with the largest of the reptiles as well as many other types of animals. Take a daily crocodile feeding tour and get your own chance at feeding one of the big crocs yourself.

Territory Wildlife Park gives visitors an authentic and interactive encounter with animals of the Top End. The Park has a mix of natural bush enclosures and zoo like exhibits. Situated over 4km, they have free shuttle trains and walking paths. Walk through aviaries, through a tunnel in the aquarium, stand up close to a saltwater crocodile and more.

Situated in the scarce desert of Alice Springs in the foothills of the MacDonnell Ranges, the Alice Springs Desert Park can be enjoyed in the day or night. See the animals that are found in the desert or join a Nocturnal Tour and see the endangered animals that come out at night.

Western Australia –
Perth Zoo is filled with a range of animals. Get to know the local wildlife in the Australian Bushwalk and Australian Wetlands exhibits. Explore the Asian Rainforest and see Elephants, Bears, Tigers, Orangutans or go on a safari through the African Savannah and search for Rhinos, Giraffe and Lions. They even have a ‘be a zoo keeper for the day’ experience!

Caversham Wildlife Park & Zoo  houses a collection of native fauna and animals. Enjoy a farm show, meet wombats and koalas, feed the kangaroos and penguins, visit Molly’s interactive farmyard or look through the Reptile House.

Throughout 7 acres of beautiful trees, you will find Bunbury Wildlife Park. Home to over 60 species of Australian native animals, visitors can hand feed kangaroos and birds, meet wombats, dingoes and quokkas!

The kids will love a visit to Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm. Get up close and personal with a range of farm yard animals. For an overnight farm stay experience, Sunflowers Farm have over 300 farm animals. Bottle feed baby animals or take a pony ride.

The Armadale Reptile Centre houses a large variety of native reptiles, snakes, birds and marsupials.

Tasmania –
Tasmania Zoo, set in the foothills of the Tamar Valley have a number of endemic Tasmanian animals, as well as native and exotic species. Get up close and personal with a range of animal encounters with Tasmanian Devils, Red Pandas, Caracal, Wombat and Meerkats.

At Zoodoo you will find lots of Australian animals, from Tassie devils, wombats, quolls, possums, lions (not quite Australian but interesting nonetheless) and more. Take the safari bus tour to meet and feed some of the zoos larger animals, like emus, camels and zebras.

The convict built Gothic Chapel houses the fascinating Brickendon Farm and Convict Village. See chicken houses, blacksmith shops, dutch barns, farm animals and more

In Beauty Point, admire the spectacular seahorses at Seahorse World or view live platypuses and echidnas at Platypus House.

Have a unique experience with the threatened carnivorous marsupials, the  Tasmanian Devil, at Devils@Cradle. A visit to the sanctuary either at day or night allows you to observe these extraordinary animals up close. Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife conservation park which teach visitors all about the breeding programs of the famous (or should that be infamous?) Devil! Meet a wombat and view the devil’s  social feeding.

A rustic, hands on family farm and animal park, Guide Falls Farm allows you to have cuddles with baby animals in the nursery, feed the pigs and visit more farm animals.

On the East Coast, Bicheno Glass Bottom boats lets you explore the underwater sea life of the area whilst staying dry  and the Serpentarium Wildlife Park has an indoor reptile exhibit with reptile interaction and keeper presentations.

Australian Capital Territory –
Get up close and personal with a variety of native and exotic animals at the National Zoo & Aquarium. Pat a cheetah, feed a bear, meet a meerkat or view the giraffes, penguins, monkeys and more. The National Zoo & Aquarium features fantastic accommodations at Jamala Lodge alongside animal enclosures. Wake up and see the animals right at your bedroom window!

Come and see some of Australia’s largest and deadliest reptiles at the Canberra Reptile Zoo. Thematic exhibits showcase some of the tropical reptiles. See an educational snake tale with a hands on opportunity to meet a friendly python.

New South Wales South Coast –
Potoroo Palace located near Merimbula, is a nature sanctuary with a relaxed, atmosphere showcasing native Australian animals.

Symbio Wildlife Park in Helensburgh allows you to  see some amazing animals from Australia and around the world, such as koalas, kangaroos, wombats, possums, cheetahs, monkeys and so much more. Cuddle a koala or interact with the kangaroos or feed and pat all the farm yard animals.

Boasting a collection of native and exotic animals, the Shoalhaven Zoo is set amongst the banks of the Shoalhaven River just outside of Nowra. Explore the zoo and see a range of animals.

Mogo Zoo has a diverse range of exotic wildlife. See zebras, snow leopards, tigers, red pandas, otters, white lions and more. Get close to a giraffe and feed them. Have you ever felt the breath of a lion? Been stared down by a Tiger? Or felt the skin of a Rhino? You can do all that at Mogo Zoo.