Here on the east coast of Australia, we are blessed to be able to share our local environment with some pretty amazing animals. Whether it be on land or at sea, animal encounters make memorable family moments. Try these ideas on for size.
Tigers at Dreamworld
If you don’t go to Dreamworld for the thrill rides or the captivating characters, chances are you go for Tiger Island. Where else can you come face-to-face with some of the world’s most ferocious, yet beautiful creatures? And with two more reasons to stop by Tiger Island welcomed to the Dreamworld family earlier this year – tiger cubs Mya and Melati – there’s no time like the present to pay a visit to one of Dreamworld’s most popular attractions.
The heroes behind Green Heroes are determined to make a difference – that much is obvious. But the ways they tackle the tricky environmental issues is what makes them really special. If you or your little one is keen to do their part, consider letting Green Heroes help you throw a ‘turtle-tastic’ party to save the endangered sea turtles! Or, you can help wildlife carers to rescue, rehabilitate and release some of our most vulnerable native animals with a ‘where the wild things are’ party. With a hero on your side, the possibilities are endless – especially when they’re green ones!
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
There are very few places where you can hang with quokkas, capybaras, koalas and dingoes and still be just a hop, skip and a jump away from the beach – in fact, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary might be the only one. And while they’re certainly famous for their array of wildlife, it’s the animals that descend upon the sanctuary morning and evening that bring tourists flocking. The free lorikeet feeding sessions draw quite a crowd, and for good reason – there’s no other place to get up close and personal with hundreds of the stunning rainbow birds while they literally eat from the palm of your hand.
Paradise Country is home to a diverse and unique range of animals. Get up close with some glorious Australian wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, emus, dingoes, cockatoos, lorikeets and snakes. Seek out the Aussie Farmyard, which is filled with all the animals you would expect to see on a real working farm. Think cows, horses, sheep, chickens, ducks, pigs and dogs. And then you can also have a cuddle with the littlest animal residents of Paradise Country in their Animal Nursery. If all that isn’t enough, take your visit to Paradise Country next level and make it an overnight farmstay! It’s the perfect getaway for families looking to get back to nature, take time out and create some lasting memories.
Mon Repos Turtles
It might be more of a weekend away-type animal encounter, but we couldn’t leave the Mon Repos turtles off our list simply for their pure awesomeness! On the coast of Bundaberg, Mon Repos Beach supports the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland and has the most significant loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific region. For a limited time each year (Nov-Jan), huge nesting mumma turtles come up the beach, dig a nest and lay their eggs. Then (from Jan-March), the cutest little baby turtles emerge from those sandy nests and flap on down to the moonlit water’s edge. During the season, rangers host nightly tours out of the Mon Repos Turtle Centre. Ticket prices support the conservation of these amazing and majestic creatures.