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5 Best Wildlife Places to Visit in Australia with Family

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Kids feeding kangaroos in Australia.

Kids feeding kangaroos in Australia.

Families traveling to Australia with kids can choose from a variety of exciting wildlife experiences at the following top five family-friendly places to encounter animals.

From snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef to riding camels in the Red Desert, watching crocodiles at the Steve Irwin Zoo to looking for little penguins at Manly Point, families visiting Australia with kids can visit stunning places to make every parent smile and every child’s dream of petting a kangaroo come true.

Instead of focusing on the wide possibilities of Australia’s seemingly endless family-friendly excursions, the following list features the most intimate interactions with the continent’s most famous wildlife, with which you can create everlasting memories.

Overview

  1. 1. WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
  2. 2. Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
  3. 3. SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
  4. 4. Healesville Sanctuary
  5. 5. Featherdale Wildlife Park
  6. Ready to See Australia’s Famous Wildlife with Your Family?

1. WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Mother and baby koala in WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Australia.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Australia.

The WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo has brought the famous wildlife of the outback and tropical scenery into the heart of Darling Harbour, with an animal adventure home to the cuddliest, most curious, and also some of the scariest creatures found across the continent.

Strolling the walkways you and your family can come face to face with crocodiles, snakes, koalas, kangaroos, and other wondrous Australian wildlife.

You can stroll past the interactive koala exhibit and watch the creatures across the table chewing on eucalyptus leaves, before discovering the three levels of the zoo that host 65 exhibits and span nine separate habitats.

Some Animals to Encounter: Koalas | Kangaroos | Saltwater crocodiles | Wallabies | Diamond python

2. Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

Sulphur-crested cockatoo in Australia.

Sulphur-crested cockatoo in Australia.

The fuzzy and cuddly koalas and kangaroos aren’t the only animals in Australia you can see during your time exploring the different corners of the continent. Step off the beaten path to welcome in the lorikeets at the Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. The staff serves delicious hot and cold food options, accompanied by the curious, friendly, and chatty lorikeets.

Delight in the different photo opportunities during your family lunch or take selfies as the birds flutter and puff up their feathers during an experience that is unlike any other birding excursion you will encounter during your vacation in Australia.

Some Animals to Encounter: Lorikeets | Sulphur-crested cockatoo | Lumholtz’s tree kangaroo | Eastern water dragon | Striped possum

3. SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

City skyline of Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne, Australia.

Instead of dining with furry tree-dwellers or having lunch with some feathery friends, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium lets you meet some of Australia’s most magnificent marine residents during underwater experiences suitable for the whole family.

A penguin passport will let you step inside the artificial winter wonderland in snow gear to stand alongside a colony of sub-Antarctic penguins, while a shark-diving scuba tour will let you come face to fin with the fascinating marine predators. You can also walk beneath the water along the aquarium tunnel showcasing Australia’s remarkable sea creatures and coral.

Some Animals to Encounter: King penguins | Leopard sharks | Melbourne’s mega crocodile | Largetooth sawfish | Lionfish

4. Healesville Sanctuary

Close up of a platypus at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria, Australia.

Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria, Australia.

The quiet wildlife sanctuary in Victoria has pioneered the art of platypus cuddling. The elusive and unique mammal is rarely seen in the wild, making an excursion to Healesville Sanctuary almost a necessity when visiting Australia.

The programs at the park provide an opportunity for families to get close to the lovable Aussie animals approximately 40 miles away from Melbourne’s Central Business District. An experienced platypus keeper will guide you into the shallow play pool to meet the platypus, where you can touch, play, tickle, and feed the animal during an experience available to families with children aged 12 and over.

Some Animals to Encounter: Platypus | Emu | Barn owl | Royal spoonbill | Guthega skink

5. Featherdale Wildlife Park

Baby Wallaby at Featherdale Wildlife Park in Australia.

Featherdale Wildlife Park, Australia

Experiences at Featherdale Wildlife Park take away the boundaries between people and the animals of the zoo, making the park more of a place for the wildlife to play, walk, and explore around visitors. Wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and Tasmanian devils roam freely, while dangerous animals can be seen from a safe distance.

The park is home to the largest Australian native animal collection in the world and provides a range of wildlife experiences for visitors of all ages. Instead of wandering through the fields populated by kangaroos, families could encounter Australia’s iconic native canine, the dingo, or spot a sugar glider.

Some Animals to Encounter: Dingo | Sugar glider | Koalas | Southern cassowary | Inland taipan

Ready to See Australia’s Famous Wildlife with Your Family?

Couple looking at wild life in Australia.

Couple looking at wild life in Australia.

From ideas on how to see the marvelous Australian animals around the corner from Darling Harbor to ways to witness the majestic marine creatures that live underwater, this list shares the best family-friendly wildlife places in the country.

Do your kids want to witness kangaroos hopping across the desert? Do you want to snapshot pictures of your family with Australia’s wildest creatures? Turn your family vacation dreams into reality by booking any of our customizable sample itineraries from our Australia Tours & Vacations.

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