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While Brisbane is a vibrant, bustling city, it is also surrounded by beautiful nature which is home to many iconic Australian creatures. A great way of meeting these animals up close is visiting one of Australia’s sensational nature parks which not only offer unique animal encounters, but also educational experiences. Here are some of the top nature parks near Brisbane.
As the park which pays homage to the legendary crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, Australia Zoo is undoubtedly a must for any Irwin fans and animal lovers! Known for its conservation efforts including its famous crocodile project and Wildlife Warriors, Australia Zoo is home to a range of native Australian animals such as crocodiles, binturongs, cheetahs, snakes and wallabies which you can meet up close! You can also meet an extraordinary team of vets rescue injured and sick animals as well as enjoy educational talks and displays. Located just one hour north of Brisbane, you can easily take the train from Beerwah or drive, making it the ideal break from the city!
Have you ever dreamed of experiencing an authentic Australian farm? Well now is your chance! Paradise Country is a beautiful, traditional farm which allows you to immerse yourself in nature. From traditional farm animals to iconic koalas, Paradise Country boasts an exciting range of wildlife and you can enjoy interactive experiences with kangaroos, koalas and a variety of farm animals such as sheep, pigs and goats in the Farmyard Play Paddock where your children can run free safely. Situated on the Gold Coast just south of Brisbane, Paradise Country is easily accessible by car. This is your chance to experience wild Australia and meet some incredible animals!
Wildlife Hamilton Island
Renowned for its idyllic, paradise white beaches and crystal clear ocean waters, Hamilton Island should be top of everyone’s list when visiting Australia. Yet Hamilton Island is not only known for its sensational sandy beaches but is also home to a plethora of fascinating species including koalas, kangaroos, dingo pups, pythons and cockatoos. If you fancy enjoying a unique animal experience, then why not experience an unforgettable breakfast with the koalas or walk a friendly dingo pup. While Hamilton Island is located a bit further from Brisbane, it is certainly worth the journey, or you could even fly there by plane!