Australia has plenty of zoos and wildlife sanctuaries all around the country, providing guests with an animal experience like no other. Here are just 3 of our favourites.
Australians are lucky to have an abundance of wildlife right on their doorstep. Many of us see kangaroos bounding past on a regular basis, but for those animal lovers looking for a little something extra, take a look at this rundown of the best wildlife parks in the country.
1. Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney
Yes, Sydney has the world-famous Taronga Zoo, but for something a bit different you've got to check out Featherdale. The family-friendly park is home to one of the country's largest collections of native animals and bird life, plus the setting is so spectacular you may even pick up a few landscaping ideas as you wander through the grounds.
Hand feed kangaroos, wallabies and emus before getting up close and personal with a friendly koala. There are plenty of feeding times and informational talks throughout the day, which both you and the kids will love.
2. Werribee Open Range Zoo, Melbourne
For an African safari experience without leaving the comfort of your own city, head to suburban Melbourne's Werribee zoo. The environment here is as close to the animals' natural habitats as possible, allowing animals the space they need to behave as they would in the wild. See 200 hectares of expansive grounds, with African, Asian, North American and Australian animals roaming the fields.
A free safari tour is available to visitors to take a closer look at zebras, rhinos, giraffes and hippos, living alongside antelope and bison in mixed species exhibits.
3. Australia Zoo
Steve Irwin's beloved Australia Zoo is known around the world as a wildlife sanctuary manned by a team of passionate conservationists. The zoo prides itself on not only educating the public on the proper care and preservation of Australian wildlife, but also giving guests the opportunity to have hands on experiences with animals.