Australia’s Best Animal Experiences
There are many reasons why we choose to spend our hard earned money. Some of us do it simply to relax, read, eat , drink and snooze by a beautiful beach somewhere far away where the quotidian worries of work and home can melt away like the ice in their strawberry daiquiri. Others are driven by a sense of adventure, yearning to tame the natural forces of far flung locations whether it’s mountaineering in Canada, skiing in Spain or traversing the rugged terrain of the rainforests of New South Wales. Some travel to explore different cultures and to immerse themselves in exotic food, language art and mythology while others go simply to meet new people. While people all travel for different reasons, few ever pass up a chance to spend some quality time with exotic animals while exploring and learning about their habitats.
If you’re never more at home than when interacting with furry, feathered or finned friends from the farthest flung corners of the globe (and Australia has always been on your bucket list anyway) a car from Bayswater Car Rental is all you need to get to most of these attractions from the country’s largest conurbations. I wish I had been driving when I visited Australia as it would have been so much easier to explore. If I was to return and now I am more confident with driving I would definitely hire a car.
Get your animal fix by visiting (or even volunteering) at…
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Brisbane is one of the most underappreciated cities in Australia. It has all the cool of the hipster chic melbourne with spectacular views to match anything you’d find in Sydney. But just a short drive out of town will take you to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, a place where you can see these cuddly creatures in their natural habitat. You’ll get the chance to explore the site’s impressive bounds and beautiful trees and plants while getting to meet the adorable critters.
Meet the penguins of Phillips Island
Whose life wouldn’t be enriched by seeing penguins? Phillips Island’s Koala Conservation Centre is another great place to see koalas in their natural habitat but as dusk begins to fall, the penguins return from their ocean forrays and waddle back to their nests on the beach. The famous ‘Penguin Parade’ allows penguin lovers to get up close to these wonderful birds as they make their way home, without intruding upon the delicate balance of their habitat. I have done this and it was a wonderful experience I would highly recommend it was so cute seeing these little penguins.
Walk with sea lions on Kangaroo Island
There are no prizes for guessing how Kangaroo Island got its name, but there’s so much more to see than the iconic marsupial on the island. You’ll also get the chance to enjoy a truly unique experience which is walking amongst sea lions. When you’re done watching the ample kangaroos, wallabies and koalas that freely roam the island head on over to Seal bay to check out the local colonies of these majestic giants of the sea basking in the sun.
Cuddle a Quokka
I have never even heard of a Quokka but how cute are they?. Just a short boat ride from the cosmopolitan city of Perth you’ll find Rottnest island, home to the world’s largest population of Quokka a friendly and utterly adorable marsupial that looks like a cross between a koala and a guinea pig.
If you love animals and want to see a plethora of cool creatures that you won’t see anywhere else in the world, Australia is the place for you!