The native wildlife of Australia is one of the biggest draw-cards for visitors from all across the world. Are you looking to get up and close with the endangered Tasmanian devil or in search of best places to feed kangaroos or cuddle koalas? If you are travelling in a group, be sure to use mini bus hire to conveniently visit some of the top zoos and nature reserves in Australia.
Founded in 1970 by Steve Irwin’s parents, this iconic zoo has been taken care of, by the legend’s wife and their kids. With over 1,000 animals across 100 acres of land, the zoo is carrying forward the legacy of the famous crocodile hunter. The place is hardly an hour’s drive to the Brisbane’s north, and is worth paying a visit to watch the crocodile feeding shows.
Taronga Zoo has a lot more to offer in addition to 4,000 animals. You can soak up the panoramic views of the city skyline and the Sydney Harbour. A ferry runs from Circular Quay at different timings. While you take a walk around the lush waterfront grounds, don’t forget to go on the popular tiger trek, where you can literally interact with the endangered Sumatran tiger.
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Want to experience an African Safari down under? This is the place for you! 225-hectare of space is home to antelopes, zebras, giraffes, rhinos, cheetahs, monkeys, lions, gorilla and every possible creature that you expect to find in African wildlife.
Known to be the oldest zoo in Australia, the Melbourne Zoo is packed with loads of wildlife exhibits. Some of these include a reptile house; a treetop canopy for monkeys and apes; a lion gorge; a butterfly greenhouse; an orangutan sanctuary; and five Asian elephants. In addition to that, there are spaces that replicate African and Asian rainforest conditions.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Except in the states of Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland, it is illegal to keep koalas in Australia. This is what makes the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane a popular destination if you are looking to cuddle with koalas. In 1927, it was opened as a sanctuary for injured koalas and now over 130 of them reside here. Other Australian species include crocodiles, echidnas, dingos, Tasmanian devils, platypuses, wallabies and kangaroos.
Alice Springs Desert Park
It is a common belief among people that Central Australian desert is an infertile wasteland of red dirt. Your perception, however, will change after visiting the Alice Springs Desert Park. Spread across an area of 1,300 hectares, the Desert park is an epitome of science and culture. You are free to visit native animals and plants in three distinct desert habitats; woodland, desert rivers and sand country.
Phillip Island Nature Park
This nature reserve is 1.5 hours away from the city of Melbourne, in the Penguin Parade. This pedestal provides a close view of the penguins as they toddle across the sand at sunset to return to their burrows. The park includes jet boat tours to the largest fur seal colony in Australia and also the Antarctic museum.