Australia has some of the world's most distinctive and diverse natural environments.
You'll find unique wildlife and spectacular landscapes, including many national parks and World Heritage Areas. Discover ancient rainforests on the fringes of modern cities, climb snow-capped mountains and swim in some of the purest water on earth. You'll also have the chance to get close to Australian animals in their natural habitats: snorkel with sea turtles on the Great Barrier Reef, walk among cute quokkas on Rottnest Island and see the daily parade of little penguins on Phillip Island. Here are just a few of Australia's natural experiences you won't want to miss.
Discover Australia's Nature and Wildlife locations
Australia's unique animals are a major drawcard for international visitors; and many zoos in Australia are among the world's best. Australia has both public and private zoos. Some Australian zoos showcase exotic species such as big cats and elephants; while others focus on Australian native animals and birds. Zoos and wildlife sanctuaries in Australia undertake vital environmental education and research for the conservation of endangered animals. Many zoos in Australia hold special events, 'behind the scenes' tours and overnight stays which include close encounters with the animals. Here is where to see koalas, kangaroos, wombats and Australia's other amazing animals. Australian Capital Territory The National Zoo and Aquarium on the outskirts of Canberra is Australia's only combined zoo and aquarium. It exhibits a wide variety of both Australian native and exotic animals and Australian marine life. There are daily talks by animal keepers, behind-the-scenes tours and times when visitors can handfeed the animals. See the collection of some of Australia's largest reptiles at the Canberra Reptile Zoo and Australian Reptile Centre at Nicholls, around 20 minutes’ from Canberra.
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9 Unique Australian Wildlife Experiences
Australia is perhaps best known for its extraordinary wildlife and the possibility of close interactions with amazing animals, whether you're floating alongside a whale shark, spying koalas napping in trees or spotting a crocodile on the banks of a billabong.
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