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Animal Experiences In And Around Brisbane

by Sophie Cannon (follow)
With a number of different animal attractions and experiences on offer, Brisbane is the perfect city to get up close and personal with some of Australia's amazing wildlife.

Ranging from large scale and world famous, to low key and more intimate, we've put together a list of awesome animal experience's in and around Brisbane.

Australia Zoo
'CRIKEY!' Australia Zoo, the home of crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, is known all around the globe and you can't live in Brisbane without experiencing its large array of animal enclosures, nail bitingly good wildlife shows and up, close and personal animal encounters.

Address: 1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah 4519
Must See: The 'Australia Zoo Wildlife Warrior Show' is definitely one not to be missed!
Entry Cost: $59 for adults/$35 for children. Make sure to check out your local Groupon sites beforehand for discounts.

Dive amongst the creatures of the deep and experience all that Sea World has to offer! Penguins, polar bears, dolphins and every other sea creature you can imagine, all under the one roof! Sea World is also home to Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Spongebob and boasts live shows and rides featuring all of your favourite characters.

Address: Sea World Drive, Main Beach, Southport 4217
Must See: All of the shows are great entertainment, but make sure you definitely catch the 'Affinity Dolphin Presentation' for the ultimate wow factor.
Entry Cost: $79.99 for adults/$69.99 for children however yearly passes, inclusive of Sea World and 3 other theme parks are much more cost effective and can even be paid monthly.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Popular with Brisbane bound celebrities, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the World's first and biggest koala sanctuary with over 130 koala's calling it home. As well as cuddling up to some furry friends, there is much more on offer here. Feed the kangaroos, get amongst some of Australia's most amazing birds and enjoy a number of other wildlife enclosures such as platypus', bats, dingoes and Tasmanian devil's to name a few.

Address: 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket 4069
Must Do: Although you're able to have a picture cuddling a koala elsewhere, in my opinion, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the best place. Make sure to check out the 'koala holding' wall of fame to see which famous people have also been snapped there!
Entry Cost: $36 for adults/$22 for children.

Ipswich Nature Centre, Queens Park
Located within Ipswich's popular Queens Park, the Nature Centre is home to a number of Australian natives such as wombats, wallabies and emus, a bird avery jam packed with copious amounts of different species and an on site barn filled with pigs, calves, lambs and guinea pigs - the perfect family day out!

Address: Queens Park, Goleby Avenue, Ipswich 4305
Must See: The rainforest bird avery is definitely one of the Nature Centre's best assets!
Cost of Entry: Free, however a gold coin donation would be appreciated.

Daisy Hill Koala Sanctuary
Built by the Queensland Government as a dedicated koala education facility, Daisy Hill Sanctuary is your one stop shop for everything koala. Find out all about our furry friend's life cycle, how to spot a sick or injured koala and even learn how to keep koala's safe in your own back yard. I wouldn't say Daisy Hill Sanctuary would occupy your brood for the whole day but it's definitely a great option for an afternoon out.

Address: Daisy Hill Road, Daisy Hill 4127
Best Bit?: As well as getting to know some of the koalas that call the sanctuary home, kids will be able to take in loads of information from the bright and colourful displays and educational movies that are constantly playing.
Cost of Entry: Free of charge.

White Ridge Farm
White Ridge Farm provides kids with the ultimate farm life experience and is full to the brim with a range of different animals such as goats, sheep, ducks, pigs, miniature horses, plus many more. Let kids try their hand at milking a cow, feed some of their favourite farm yard species and even take a ride on a hay wagon!

Address: 130 Hamilton Road, Elimbah 4516
Must Do: The hay ride is definitely a unique experience that the kids will love and at just $2 per ride; definitely a bargain!
Cost of Entry: $12 for adults, children's prices starting from $5.

Paradise Country
Paradise country is home to a large array of different animals, including Australian natives such as kangaroos, and a variety of farm yard species such as pigs, sheep, goats, ponies, ducks and loads more. Kids can enjoy pony rides, animal feeding and petting and awesome, live action shows. The entire place has an authentic outback/farm feel to it and makes for quite an impressive day out, and one the kids will love!

Address: Entertainment Drive, Oxenford 4210
Must See: Make sure to catch the live shows that take place, sheep shearing and herding as well as the stock horse show.
Cost of Entry: $27 for adults/ $17 for children. Paradise Country is also included within the theme park yearly pass.

Lyell Deer Sanctuary
The Lyell Deer Sanctuary is a wonderful place to visit on the weekend with the kids. Just 90 minutes outside of Brisbane, experience the idyllic surroundings of Mt Samson whilst getting to know the small herd of Red, Rusa and Fallow deer that call it home. With educational displays, deer feeding, on site cafe and available crafts, The Lyell Deer Sanctuary is perhaps one of Brisbane's lesser known animal experiences but still one to check out.

Address: 6 Lyell Court, Mt Samson 4520
Cost of Entry: $10 for adults, $3 for children.

We know that there are so many more wonderful Animal Experience's available in Brisbane and we'd love to hear about them! Make sure to leave your favourite in the comments.
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