THINGS TO DO: Best animal experiences

11 March 2017

Get up close and personal with animals from across the globe – right here in Southeast Queensland! Feed the lorikeets, ride a camel, laugh with a lemur or celebrate your child’s birthday with some alpacas! We have farms, zoos and natural wonders galore in our region.

See the glow worm caves at Springbrook National Park

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Springbrook Road, Springbrook

Take a trip to Natural Bridge at Springbrook National Park at night to see thousands of glow-worms in the cave's roof. The bioluminescent fly larvae illuminate the cave wall and roof like little fairy lights. The best times to view this amazing phenomenon is during the summer months (January and February). At this time of the year, you will also be able to spot luminescent fungi. Remember your torch, but don’t shine it directly on the glow worms, and don’t use flash photography.

Image credit: Flickr/Travelwayoflife

Feed the lorikeets at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin

Rainbow lorikeets are some of the most beautiful birds in our skies, but have you ever got up close and personal with one? Head to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary every day at 8am or 4pm to feed these stunning birds – dozens will come to rest on your head or arms as they take their feed from you.

Image credit: Flickr/pedronet 

Have an animal encounter at Wildlife HQ Zoo

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Wildlife HQ Zoo, The Big Pineapple, Woombye

Whether you want to cuddle a koala, mimic a monkey or laugh with a lemur, Wildlife HQ Zoo at the Big Pineapple can make your wishes come true. Encounters start from $30 a person and you get a keepsake photograph to remember the day. The zoo is home to a great selection of animals – monkeys, dingos, bears, koalas, deer, guinea pigs, goats, a pig and loads more. Enjoy a train ride down to the zoo from the Big Pineapple.

Image credit: Flickr/mathiasappel 

Go on an outback camel adventure at Australia Zoo

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Australia Zoo, Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah

Not many people can say they’ve ridden a camel – especially in Australia! Head to Australia Zoo for one of the most unique animal experiences in Queensland. The session lasts around 40 minutes and will take you to the zoo’s off-display alligator pond. Rides cost $79 and children under 112cm can ride free with a paying adult. It’s easy to spend a whole day at the zoo – don’t miss the famous Croc Show!

Image credit: Flickr/amslerpix

Get up close to some heritage hens at PoulTree Park

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PoulTree Park, 230 Bunya Road, North Arm

If feathered friends are your thing, be sure to head to PoulTree Park. This cute farm is home to heritage hens including chickens, ducks and fluffy bantams (aww!). You can also pet the goats, sheep and pigs. There is a café on site serving great tea, coffee and cold drinks, so relax while you watch the kids embrace their inner farmer. See website for opening days, times and prices.

Image credit: Flickr/Fyn Kynd Photography

Celebrate your birthday at White Ridge Farm

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White Ridge Farm, 130 Hamilton Road, Elimbah

Come and celebrate your child’s birthday with the farm animals and alpacas! As well as all the furry friends, this great farm has an adventure playground and trampoline, picnic facilities and BBQs. Book a party and enjoy hay rides for the kids and parents and a farm tour to hand feed the animals including their amazing llamas and alpacas. Contact the farm for more details and to book your party.

Image credit: Flickr/chodhound

For more great ideas for a family day out, visit our Out and About Page.  


Written by

Kerry White

Kerry is the Senior Writer for Kids on the Coast and Kids in the City. Kerry moved to Australia from England in 2013 with her husband and two daughters. She worked as a sub-editor in London for seven years before she had her girls. She now calls the Sunshine Coast her home and is making the most of its glorious weather and beaches. She enjoys baking, especially when she has a glass of wine in hand, and is a part-time Psychology, Criminology and Justice student. She also shares her home with two cats and her daughters' imaginary dogs.

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