Best animal attractions and experiences in Australia

Australia is known for its wildlife, so it’s only logical we also have some of the best animal attractions and experiences in the world. You’re never too old to enjoy getting up close and personal with beautiful creatures and we have all kinds of ways to help you do it in the style. Here are a small selection of our favourites, perfect for your next day out…

Taronga Zoo and Sydney Harbour Cruise

The world-famous Taronga Zoo is home to a phenomenal range of native and global animals, from koalas and kangaroos to lions and elephants. Don’t miss the range of free daily shows for even more fun and learning. With our Taronga Zoo savings bundle you can cruise across the gorgeous Sydney Harbour (various departure points are available) to your heart’s content for two days and arrive at the zoo in style.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

You’ll be surrounded by wildlife and nature at the Queensland heritage listed Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. This not-for-profit, Advanced Eco-Tourism Certified location is an immersive experience, so there’s plenty of chance to get up close cuddling koalas, feeding kangaroos and being entertained by a range of shows.

Werribee Open Range Zoo – Off Road Safari 

Always wanted to go on safari? Jump on this awesome 4WD trip through Werribee Open Range Zoo and do it, right here in Australia, just a short distance from Melbourne. With a range of spectacular animals to look out for along the way, including giraffes, cheetahs, meerkats, hippos and lions, you’ll be forgiven for feeling like you’re on a different continent! Don’t forget your camera.

Featherdale Wildlife Park

Make friends with more than 230 different species, including Tasmanian devils, wombats, kangaroos and koalas at Sydney’s Featherdale Wildlife Park. You can also see (at a suitably safe distance) a Saltwater Croc, a range of snakes and more. There’s even farmyard friends like cattle, sheep and goats, so it’s perfect for your next family day out. 

SEA LIFE Aquarium

Go on a journey of discovery to see thousands of animals from hundreds of species… all without the need to get your feet wet. Expect to see sharks, rays, turtles, tropical fish and much more. SEA LIFE has locations in Sydney, Sunshine Coast and Melbourne and they’re an ever-popular day out that will keep visitors young and old entertained. A great all-weather activity for the family.

Swim with Dolphins and Seals – Mornington Peninsula 

There’s nothing quite like seeing animals in the wild. Animal lovers of all ages will adore the chance to swim with dolphins and seals just a short journey from Melbourne in the gorgeous seaside village of Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula. Pull on a snorkel, explore reefs and swim alongside these magnificent creatures. This eco-friendly trip is the marine adventure of a lifetime. 

Horse riding

There are all kinds of ways to explore Australia’s beautiful natural landscapes, but for pure thrills, horse riding has to top the list. It’s a great way to connect with these beautiful animals and there are experiences for all ability levels, there are guided tours suitable for beginners, as well as free range options for more experienced riders. Popular locations include Glenworth Valley, just north of Sydney and St Andrew’s Beach, Mornington Peninsula.

Shark dives

Some people like their animal experiences to be cute and cuddly, while others prefer them to have more of a thrill seeking side to them. What could be more exciting than the chance to scuba dive and swim with sharks? Come face-to-face with these stunning and often misunderstood creatures at aquariums in Melbourne and Sydney, or head out to a reef off Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast and dive with sharks in the wild.

Camel rides

Camels might not be the first animal you think of when someone says “Australia”, but they’ve played a pretty important role in parts of the country for more than 130 years. You’ll learn about their history and connections with this land during your tour…. And think about it, riding one in the outback sounds pretty epic doesn’t it? You can do just that with a sunset camel ride at Uluru and Kata-Tjuta, as well as in Alice Springs.

Big Cat Interactive Experience at Adelaide Zoo

With more than 250 unique species of animals, Adelaide Zoo is worth a visit in its own right, but for a truly spectacular day out it’s hard to beat the chance to get face-to-face with African Lions and Sumatran Tigers as part of the Big Cat interactive experience. You’ll be amazed watching these incredible creatures at close quarters, and you’ll be given the chance to feed them and learn all about them from their knowledgeable keepers. Includes zoo entry!

Seal Cruise Phillip Island

Jump on this scenic coastal cruise to see one of Australia’s largest wild fur seal colonies. Travel along the picturesque coast from Phillip Island to Seal Rocks and enjoy the educational commentary, plus afternoon tea and activities for the kids. This is a great day out for all the family, and with more than 5,000 seals spotted on average, you might want to take a camera along.