Crocodile jumps out of the water at Hartley's Creek Crocodile Adventures © Tourism Australia

Hartley's Creek Crocodile Adventures, Wangetti, QLD

Australia's best zoos and wildlife parks

Unmissable experience

Sydney Zoo is home to the wildly popular Dingo Puppy Encounter, where you’ll get to experience playtime, cuddles and feeding with dingo pups.

Koala resting in its tree at Taronga Zoo in Sydney © Destination NSW

Koala, Taronga Zoo, Sydney, New South Wales © Destination NSW

Couple feeding a kangaroo at Healesville Sanctuary in the Yarra Valley © Robert Blackburn

Kangaroo, Healesville Sanctuary, Yarra Valley, Victoria © Robert Blackburn

Unmissable experience

Wade in a platypus' play pool and tickle, feed and get to know these unique creatures at Healesville Sanctuary.

Unmissable experience

Home of the late-great Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, the iconic Wildlife Warriors Show at Sunshine Coast’s Australia Zoo is a bucket-list experience. 

Child with rainbow lorikeets at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary © Tourism Queensland

Rainbow Lorikeets, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Gold Coast, Queensland © Tourism Queensland

Crocodile feeding at Hartley's Creek Crocodile Adventures reptile park © Tourism Australia

Hartley's Creek Crocodile Adventures, Cairns, Queensland © Tourism Australia

Unmissable experience

Allow small native Australian birds to gently perch on you at the Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome, while watching as larger birds fly freely around the dome.

Unmissable experience

Try the Cage of Death at Darwin's Crocosaurus Cove, and come face-to-face with a five-metre (16-foot) saltwater croc, as you are lowered into the water for a thrilling (albeit terrifying) 15 minutes.

Visitors diving in the Cage of Death with a saltwater crocodile at Crocosaurus Cove © Tourism NT/ Shaana McNaught

Crocosaurus Cove, Darwin, Northern Territory © Tourism NT/ Shaana McNaught

Chris ‘Brolga’ Barns holding a baby kangaroo at The Kangaroo Sanctuary © Tourism Australia

The Kangaroo Sanctuary, Alice Springs, Northern Territory © Tourism Australia

Unmissable experience

Hand-feed, pat, play and cuddle with adult and joey kangaroos at The Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs.

Children walking alongside emus at Cleland Wildlife Park © South Australian Tourism Commission/Adam Bruzzone

Emus, Cleland Wildlife Park, Adelaide Hills, South Australia © South Australian Tourism Commission/Adam Bruzzone

Unmissable experience

Cleland Wildlife Park is one of the only places in Australia where you can have an up close encounter with a wombat.

Aquarium tunnel at the Aquarium of Western Australia in Hillarys © The Aquarium of Western Australia

The Aquarium of Western Australia, Hillarys, Western Australia © The Aquarium of Western Australia

Unmissable experience

Make some new native mates at the Perth Zoo Bush Buddies encounter! Gently stroke the spikes on a sleepy echidna, feed an adorable wallaby and bask in the sun with a thorny devil. 

Tasmanian Devil at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary near Hobart © Tourism Australia

Tasmanian Devil, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Hobart, Tasmania © Tourism Australia

Unmissable experience

Go behind the scenes with a visit to the animal nursery at Devils@Cradle to interact with some of the sanctuaries youngest residents. 

Unmissable experience

Be taken by a keeper into the enclosure of National Zoo's tree kangaroo, Simbu. Feed him his favourite food and learn all about this amazing, rare and secretive animal.

Ranger leads a Twilight Tour at Mulligans Flat Woodlands Sanctuary near Canberra © Visit Canberra

Mulligans Flat Woodlands Sanctuary Twilight Tour, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory © Visit Canberra