Hi everyone. One thing that is a big bucket list item for many travelers is to hold a koala in Australia. Fortunately, there are lots of place where travelers can have this unique experience.
Here are some of the ones that we like to suggest:
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane. Not only can you cuddle a koala at this sanctuary, you can also hand feed a kangaroo and see Tasmanian Devils. http://www.koala.net/
Cleland Animal Park, Adelaide. In addition to cuddling those furry koalas, you can also see golden wombats at this facility. http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/clelandwildlife/Whats_On/The_koala_experience
Australia Zoo, Beerwah (Between Brisbane and Sunshine Coast). This is the home of the Crocodile Hunter. Here can you pet a koala, no cuddling. But there are lots of animals to see here. http://www.australiazoo.com.au/
Cooberrie Park, Cooberrie (Between Hervey Bay and Cairns). This park offers lots of animal encounters, feed and hold koalas and kangaroos, EVEN crocs. You can even see Dingos. http://www.cooberriepark.com.au/index.html
Taronga Zoo, Sydney. This is a nice stop while you are in Sydney. Here you can also pet a koala, no cuddling. But if you have kids, you do the Roar and Snore experience, where you spend the night at the zoo. http://taronga.org.au/
Wildlife Habitat, Port Douglas. In addition to cuddling a koala, you can also view many unique Australia wildlife, like Quoll and the Cassowary. http://www.wildlifehabitat.com.au/index.html
Hamilton Island Wildlife Park, Hamilton Island. This is a small park on Hamilton Island, but gives you an opportunity to view Australian wildlife and yes, you can cuddle a koala. http://www.wildlifehamiltonisland.com.au/
Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney. This park offers encounters with wombats, koalas and kangaroos. While you can’t hold them, you get pet and get close to the animals. http://www.featherdale.com.au/
There is also a lovely zoo in Melbourne and you can hold a koala at Kuranda near Port Douglas. And if you love penguins, you might want to check out Phillip Island near Melbourne. So no matter what type of wildlife experience you want, you have lots of options. Give us a call today at 312-951-8517 and let us help you plan the trip of a lifetime! Check out some of our sample luxury itineraries here.