A few km from the center of Brisbane (you can go by boat from the city) is the koala zoo, the oldest in Australia (founded in 1927). For $30, you can see koalas up close, and even feed them, see all kinds of native reptiles and see how a dog can control a flock of sheep, .... It was well worth the entrance fee to see the Koala Sanctuary.
The Cairns Zoo offers a great opportunity to interact with Australian wildlife (and the occasional bug that is not native to the land). The star attraction is the chance to cuddle with a koala, something that delights children as well as adults. It also has a magnificent terrarium with some very interesting reptile species. The other major attraction of the Zoo are the Red Pandas. They are not marsupials, they are an Asian species, but hey, it is one of the friendliest mammals that I have seen and worth the visit. By the way, the Red Panda is also known as Firefox and the internet browser is named in honor of this animal. :-)
Not the only crocodile farm but it's the most famous in Cairns. Don't miss out on a visit to one. Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is halfway along the scenic coastal road that stretches between Cairns and Port Douglas in a jungle area known as Harley's Creek. It's 35 minutes from Cairns and 20 minutes from Port Douglas. One of the most famous icons of Tropical North Queensland is a crocodile named Charlie. Charlie entertains visitors at the farm during their daily feeding, and is estimated to be 70-80 years. Crocodiles have lived in captivity for 120 years. As well as crocodiles there koalas, kangaroos, cassowaries, dingoes, snakes and more.
This is a unique opportunity to watch some of the world's wildlife in Australia. It's a small park that's very well conditioned, where animals live in their natural habitat and appear to be oblivious to the visitor's prying eyes. There are wallabies, kangaroos, wombats, crocodiles, iguanas, snakes and reptiles in this curious mini rain forest zoo. You will have a chance to see them up close, photograph them, see them fight, eat, hide, or just sleep. Koalas are the stars of this garden, giving it its name. They eat and sleep, eat and sleep, to save energy. These authentic live teddy bears are adorable, and just make you want to hug them and take them home, which, of course, is not possible, but you can always take a picture with one and put it on your bedside table forever.
They have such a large range of animals and it is easy to spend a whole day there. The shows that they do with the animals are also a must see and it is incredible to see how well they train and look after the animals but also how incredible the animals themselves are.
So if you are every planning a trip to Australia, the Australian Zoo is a must visit place there is no doubt about it.
The world's largest butterfly. immersing yourself into a butterfly sanctuary is like being in another world, a closed space from Australian Rainforest, where 1000s of huge butterflies flap around, land on your hands or on your head and make you feel as if you were in the garden of Eden. You can see the entire life cycle of butterflies, from when they are just larvae to metamorphosis and learn about their habits, food and reproduction. A wonderful place that you can enjoy for a few hours in a single place on the planet. The best way to reach is to Kuranda Kuranda Scenic Railway and a walk for about 10 minutes until you get to the butterfly sanctuary.