Wildlife Aquariums, Reserve, Sanctuary, Zoos
For those seeking fauna as part of their tourism experience, Australia offers a
great number of ways and places to enjoy the wildlife to be found here. For
those visiting Queensland there are numerous places throughout the state
to see both our native wildlife and other animals.
There are national parks, wildlife reserves, reptile farms, conservation
refuges, zoos and aquariums, the assortment and variety of places are
considerable. You are not limited to just these places, as the chances of seeing
wildlife in their natural environment is considerable.
Queensland range of climatic zones, from arid desert to tropical rainforest
opens up the chance to see some wonderful creatures in the wild, from the brolga
featured on the Queensland Coat of Arms, the unique cassowary, and the saltwater
crocodile. Queensland Great Barrier Reef offers the opportunity to get up close
with the aquatic environment, or you could visit Underwater World in Mooloolaba.
The national parks and outback roads often provide a chance to see kangaroos
and other animals that now call Australia home, such as camels and horses,
whilst bird lovers will see all sorts of birds species throughout Queensland,
Australia. For those into our unique reptiles, keep your eyes peeled when
driving through this vast state for some of our lizards to saltwater
crocodiles in the tropical north.
Queensland - Wildlife Nature Reserves, Zoos, Parks,
Alma Park Zoo
18 Alma Rd, DAKABIN / BRISBANE QLD 4503 Ph: 07 3204 6566
Brisbane's Alma Park Zoo is the
perfect location for your family to discover beautiful native and intriguing
exotic animals. Set in a lush, rainforest environment, just 30 minutes north of
Brisbane, Alma Park Zoo is the perfect place to visit throughout the year. A day
at Alma Park Zoo will allow you and your family to discover a wide range of
Australian and exotic animals including 100 species and 200 individual animals.
Pack a picnic or bring your own BBQ lunch and enjoy time with the family on the
lawns or in our beautiful and peaceful rainforest gardens. There is also our
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
8 Rob Veivers Drv, KURANDA
QLD 4872 07 4093 7575
The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary's 3666 cubic metre aviary is home to over
1500 magnificent tropical butterflies, all local to the area, including the
electric blue Ulysses butterfly and the largest butterfly in Australia, the
Cairns or Australian Birdwing.
The aviary was opened in 1987 and has been visited by over a million people
The butterfly's beguiling aerial dances and their tendency to land on brightly
coloured clothing, has inspired and delighted young and old alike.
Australian Venom Zoo
8 Coondoo St, KURANDA QLD 4881 Ph: +61 7 4093 8905
zoo is an attraction for the public, but we also captive breed our animals,
primarily for the extraction of their venom, and also captive breed for the pet
trade. We have a great collection of animals here from the worlds most venomous
spider, to Australias 5 most venomous snakes, to a variety of scorpions,
centipedes, reptiles and insects. And of course a great variety of our beloved
tarantulas! We run daily personalised, educational tours of our display of
Australian tarantulas, scorpions, centipedes, lizards and snakes. We also do
LIVE venom extraction, which the public can actually watch.
Ph: +61 7 5494 1134 Fax: +61 7 5494 8604
Formerly the Beerwah Reptile and Fauna
Park and home of The Crocodile Hunter.
Birds Down Under
PO Box 2145, ASHGROVE WEST QLD 4060
Has info about Australian birds, the environment, oz culture, walkabout,
fossicking and more.
Rob Vievers Drv, Heritage Markets, KURANDA QLD 4872 Ph/Fax: +61 7 4093 9188
Home to the largest single collection of free flying birds in Australia (some
500 of them!), Birdworld Kuranda in the Australian highlands of the Atherton
Tablelands displays no less than 75 species of the most spectacular birds from
all corners of the planet - as well as from the earths fast diminishing
Visitors are free to wander through the lush, tropically landscaped bird
sanctuary to observe the birds in their own specific - yet natural - habitats.
Two lakes connected by a tumbling waterfall for example are home to waterbirds
such as stilts, herons and Australias own unique Black Swan. In Birdworlds
rainforest canopy overhead, blue, gold and scarlet Macaws dazzle with colourful
brilliance as they soar above the tree tops.
One outstanding Birdworld denizen not to be missed is that rare avian giant, the
Cassowary - an Australian bird now officially enlisted as endangered. Birdworld
Kuranda can provide guided tours for all group bookings.
Cairns Wildlife Dome
Your Zoo in the City
35-41 Wharf St, CAIRNS QLD 4870 Ph: 07 4031 7250 Fax: 07 4031 5265
The Cairns Wildlife Dome is a spectacular all-weather wildlife exhibit enclosed
by a 20 metre high glass dome on top of the iconic Reef Hotel Casino. Youll be
immersed in a replicated rainforest environment whilst birds such as parrots,
cockatoos, lorikeets, doves and rosellas fly freely around you. Get up close to
cute pademelons as they roam freely through their enclosure. Observe curlews,
frogmouths and kookaburras along with other animals such as frogs, turtles,
pythons, freshwater crocodiles, lizards and the adorable bettong.
Cairns Tropical Zoo
Wild World - The Tropical Zoo
Captain Cook Hwy, PALM COVE QLD Ph: 07 4055 3669 Fax: 07 4059 1160
Established in 1980, Cairns Tropical Zoo is the largest and most diverse
wildlife attraction in Tropical North Queensland, set amidst 6 hectares of
tropically landscaped gardens. Our zoo is home to hundreds of native and exotic
species, many of which are indigenous to our northern wet tropics. Located just
20 minutes north of Cairns.
28 Tomewin St, CURRUMBIN QLD 4223
Located on the Gold Coast, the sanctuary has over 27 hectares of landscaped
surrounds and bushland, housing over 1,400 mammals, birds and reptiles.
Fostercare of Australias
Unique Native Animals Inc
Lockyer Valley QLD
Ph: 07 5426 4389 Mobile:
0427 066 933
Dedicated group of people who care for sick, injured and orphaned native
Ph: +61 7 4055 3576 Fax: +61 7 4059 1017
Situated on the magnificent coastal drive between Palm Cove and Port Douglas,
Hartleys Crocodile Adventures is the best place to see crocodiles and native
wildlife in Tropical North Queensland. Set in the foothills of the MacAlister
Range, in a World Heritage listed area, Hartleys Crocodile Adventures is home
to a range of habitat types including melaleuca wetlands, riverine rainforest
and eucalypt woodland. We provide an innovative approach to viewing and
interacting with wildlife, enabling visitors to become immersed in a natural
environment with safety. A series of timber boardwalks provide elevated viewing
of wildlife as visitors journey through a range of natural habitats.
Kuranda Koala Gardens
Heritage Markets, KURANDA QLD 4872 Ph: +61 7 4093 9953
Get your photo taken cuddling a koala (extra charge), see freshwater
crocodiles, wombats and a variety of wallabies. Experience
Australias first walk-through snake house - its amazing! Australia is home to
an amazing selection of reptiles and there are lots on display. See Dragons and
Monitors with their long forked tongues, and much more.
Purchase the Kuranda Wildlife Experience Pass combining the 3 outstanding
attractions of the Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld Kuranda Bird Sanctuary, and
the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.
Pine Koala Sanctuary
Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket,
FIG TREE POCKET / BRISBANE QLD 4069
Ph: +61 7 3378 1366 Fax: +61 7 3878 1770
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia, is the
world's first and largest koala sanctuary, with over 130 koalas. Cuddle a koala
anytime, handfeed kangaroos and encounter a large variety of Aussie wildlife,
all in beautiful, natural settings.
The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary
Rd, PORT DOUGLAS QLD 4871
Ph: 07 4099 3235 Fax: 07 4099 3100
Appreciation. Through appreciation
Conservation. This is a
wildlife park of the future and world leader in mixed immersion
exhibits. Situated on eight acres, visitors can wander through
four different and unique environments that depict over 180
species of the surrounding rainforest, wetlands, woodlands and
Tolga Bat Hospital
ATHERTON QLD Ph: 07 4091 2683 (please telephone to visit - bookings are
Every year Tolga Bat Hospital rescues, rehabilitates and releases hundreds of
bats that might otherwise die. We also provide lifetime sanctuary for many bats
that are too severely injured to return to the wild. While this makes a real
difference to the individual animal, and the volunteers who are privileged to
interact with them, there is a lot more to be done. We are therefore very
actively engaged in education, habitat restoration, research and advocacy.
A not-for-profit community group that is 100 percent staff by volunteers. Please
help us save these wonderful animals by becoming a member of Tolga Bat Hospital,
staying at the guesthouse, making a donation or shopping with us on-line.
Parkyn Parade, MOOLOOLABA QLD Ph: 07 5458 6280
A multi-award winning tourist attraction located beachside on the beautiful
Sunshine Coast. We provide you with the unique opportunity to explore 7 unique
zones including Touch and Tell, Weird and Wonderful, Seal Island, Otter Empire,
Fresh and Freaky, Billabongs and Backyards, and Crawly Creatures!
To visit the wildlife reserves, zoos, parks and aquariums, check the listings
under each state and territory. For listing of websites dealing with marsupials,
mammals, birds and other fauna, check out the listings below and those listed
and throughout this site.