Archive for June, 2009

Mirimar Cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

For visitors to Brisbane, an easy way to get an appreciation of Australian wildlife is a trip to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. A relaxing way to visit the sanctuary is with a river cruise on the MV Mirimar, a comfortable cruise boat with licensed bar and tea/coffee facilities. The boat departs from the Cultural Centre pontoon in front of the State Library across the Victoria Bridge from the centre of Brisbane city. There is a tour every day leaving at 10am and returning at 2.45pm. The trip itself is about 19km and takes you through some of the older Brisbane suburbs with good examples of the old timber “Queenslander” style of homes overlooking the river.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane is the largest koala sanctuary in the world, with over 130 koalas. For overseas visiting Brisbane, Lone Pine Sanctuary is one of the most popular tourist attractions, with memorable opportunities to cuddle a koala and hand feed kangaroos. Locals too, enjoy visiting Lone Pine for a relaxing family outing. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is also a popular destination for primary school and high school excursions.

Dreamworld Theme Park, Gold Coast

Dreamworld on the Gold Coast is Australia’s most popular theme park. Situated on the Pacific Highway, about twenty minutes drive north of Surfers Paradise and forty minutes south of Brisbane, it is a favorite with both domestic and international visitors. Dreamworld is best known for its array of some of the tallest, fastest thrill rides in the world, but in this article we will be focusing on the animal attractions at Dreamworld.

Australian Wildlife

The Australian Wildlife Experience at Dreamworld is one of the largest native animals wildlife parks in south east Queensland with more than 800 native animals. The six hectare wildlife sanctuary opened in 1987.

Currumbin Sanctuary, Gold Coast

Currumbin Sanctuary is one of the best loved tourist attractions on the Queensland Gold Coast. With over 1400 animals and birds, the Sanctuary has one of the largest collections of Australian native wildlife in the world. The Sanctuary dates back to 1947 when a local flower grower and beekeeper named Alex Griffiths began feeding the lorikeets to distract them from feeding on his flowers. Flocks of lorikeets soon arrived for feeding and over time the lorikeet feeding developed into a tourist attraction. In 1976, Alex gave the Sanctuary to the Queensland people and it is now managed as a National Trust of Queensland property. The Sanctuary has attracted millions of visitors throughout its history and continues to be popular with local and international visitors. The park used to known as the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary, but in 1995 the name was changed to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to reflect the diversity of animals now on display.

Billabong Sanctuary, Townsville

Billabong Sanctuary is an Australian native animal wildlife park set in eleven hectares of natural bushland, some twenty minutes south of Townsville in Queensland. The sanctuary has over a hundred species of mammals and reptiles, including wild animals attracted to the sanctuary. There are numerous resident bird species, and wild birds are attracted to the natural billabong.

At the Sanctuary, you can see Crocodiles, Koalas, Kangaroos, Snakes, Wombat, Dingoes, Pademelon and Greater Glider. Birds include the large Emu and Cassowary, as well as aviaries of rainforest birds and cockatoos. Visitors have the opportunity to hold a Koala, Wombat, Snake and Crocodile. A recent addition to the park is a Greater Glider acquired from David Fleay Wildlife Park on the Gold Coast. The Greater Glider is related to the possums and much larger than other gliders such as the Squirrel Glider.

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, North Queensland

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is situated on the coastal drive between Palm Cove and Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland. The park contains a range of habitat types including melaleuca wetland, rainforest and eucalypt woodland. The site of the park was originally a tin mine, on land once severely degraded by tree clearing, overgrazing and soil erosion. The site has now been rehabilitated as a sanctuary for local wildlife. Visitors to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures can see crocodiles and native wildlife from over 2000m of timber boardwalks providing elevated viewing of wildlife in a variety of natural habitats.

Cairns Tropical Zoo, north Queensland

Cairns Tropical Zoo is situated about 20 minutes drive from the centre of Cairns in north Queensland. The Zoo features a range of Australian and exotic animals, housed amongst six hectares of tropical gardens. Many of the animals are indigenous to the northern wet tropics. The Zoo opened in 1980, and is part of the Wildlife Tropical North Queensland Group owned and operated by the Freeman family. (The park used to be known as Wild World – The Tropical Zoo).

The Rainforest Habitat, Port Douglas, North Queensland

The Rainforest Habitat is a wildlife park set on eight acres in Port Douglas, north Queensland. The park features three different environmental habitats: rainforest, wetlands, and grasslands.

The Rainforest area represents the Wet Tropics with boardwalks on they forest floor along the forest floor. This area exhibits native rainforest species such as the Southern Cassowary, Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo, Boyd’s Forest Dragon and Eclectus parrots.

Rainforestation Nature Park, Kuranda

Rainforestation Nature Park is located five minutes from Kuranda Village and about half an hour drive from Cairns in north Queensland. The Park is set on 40 hectares surrounded by World Heritage rainforest. Rainforestation has three main attractions: a rainforest tour in an amphibious ex-army vehicle, an Aboriginal cultural experience and a Koala and Wildlife Park. All the attractions are wheelchair accessible.

Charles and Pip Woodward purchased the property in 1974 and opened the Park as a tourist attraction in 1976 featuring the amphibious Army Duck tours. The Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience was introduced to the Park in 1993. The Koala & Wildlife Park opened in 1996, and a 5 metre crocodile was flown in from Darwin. A new Koala Experience opened in 2003.

Cairns Wildlife Dome, Cairns Reef Hotel

Cairns Wildlife Dome is an undercover wildlife attraction built on top of the Cairns Reef Hotel Casino. The exhibit is covered by a twenty metre high glass dome.

This attraction just gives you a brief introduction to the rainforest and you can see a few of the rainforest birds and animals but to experience the rainforest and the wildlife you need to get yourself outdoors and into the national parks to see the spectacular beauty of the area.