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For those seeking fauna as part of their tourism experience, Australia offers a great number of ways and places to enjoy the wildlife to be found here. For those visiting Queensland there are numerous places throughout the state to see both our native wildlife and other animals.

There are national parks, wildlife reserves, reptile farms, conservation refuges, zoos and aquariums, the assortment and variety of places are considerable. You are not limited to just these places, as the chances of seeing wildlife in their natural environment is considerable.

Queensland range of climatic zones, from arid desert to tropical rainforest opens up the chance to see some wonderful creatures in the wild, from the brolga featured on the Queensland Coat of Arms, the unique cassowary, and the saltwater crocodile. Queensland Great Barrier Reef offers the opportunity to get up close with the aquatic environment, or you could visit Underwater World in Mooloolaba.

The national parks and outback roads often provide a chance to see kangaroos and other animals that now call Australia home, such as camels and horses, whilst bird lovers will see all sorts of birds species throughout Queensland, Australia. For those into our unique reptiles, keep your eyes peeled when driving through this vast state for some of our lizards to saltwater crocodiles in the tropical north.

Queensland - Wildlife Nature Reserves, Zoos, Parks, Aquariums

Alma Park Zoo
• 18 Alma Rd, DAKABIN / BRISBANE QLD 4503 • Ph: 07 3204 6566 • Email • 

• Brisbane's Alma Park Zoo is the perfect location for your family to discover beautiful native and intriguing exotic animals. Set in a lush, rainforest environment, just 30 minutes north of Brisbane, Alma Park Zoo is the perfect place to visit throughout the year. A day at Alma Park Zoo will allow you and your family to discover a wide range of Australian and exotic animals including 100 species and 200 individual animals.

Pack a picnic or bring your own BBQ lunch and enjoy time with the family on the lawns or in our beautiful and peaceful rainforest gardens. There is also our onsite cafe.
Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
• 8 Rob Veivers Drv, KURANDA QLD 4872 • 07 4093 7575

• The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary's 3666 cubic metre aviary is home to over 1500 magnificent tropical butterflies, all local to the area, including the electric blue Ulysses butterfly and the largest butterfly in Australia, the Cairns or Australian Birdwing.

The aviary was opened in 1987 and has been visited by over a million people since.
The butterfly's beguiling aerial dances and their tendency to land on brightly coloured clothing, has inspired and delighted young and old alike.
Australia Zoo (home of Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter
• G’day and welcome to Australia Zoo, home of The Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin! Just one hour north of Brisbane, Australia Zoo offers a full day of wildlife adventure. Open since 1970 as Beerwah Reptile and Fauna Park, this unique zoological facility is home to over 1000 animals on nearly 60 acres of natural bushland. If you’re in the area - you MUST visit Australia Zoo!

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Australian Venom Zoo
• 8 Coondoo St, KURANDA QLD 4881 • Ph: +61 7 4093 8905 • Email

• The zoo is an attraction for the public, but we also captive breed our animals, primarily for the extraction of their venom, and also captive breed for the pet trade. We have a great collection of animals here from the world’s most venomous spider, to Australia’s 5 most venomous snakes, to a variety of scorpions, centipedes, reptiles and insects. And of course a great variety of our beloved tarantulas! We run daily personalised, educational tours of our display of Australian tarantulas, scorpions, centipedes, lizards and snakes. We also do LIVE venom extraction, which the public can actually watch.
Australia Zoo
• Ph: +61 7 5494 1134 • Fax: +61 7 5494 8604 • Email

• Formerly the Beerwah Reptile and Fauna Park and home of The Crocodile Hunter.
Birds Down Under
• PO Box 2145, ASHGROVE WEST QLD 4060 • Email

• Has info about Australian birds, the environment, oz culture, walkabout, fossicking and more.
Birdworld Kuranda Bird Sanctuary
• Rob Vievers Drv, Heritage Markets, KURANDA QLD 4872 • Ph/Fax: +61 7 4093 9188 • Email

• Home to the largest single collection of free flying birds in Australia (some 500 of them!), Birdworld Kuranda in the Australian highlands of the Atherton Tablelands displays no less than 75 species of the most spectacular birds from all corners of the planet - as well as from the earth’s fast diminishing rainforests.

Visitors are free to wander through the lush, tropically landscaped bird sanctuary to observe the birds in their own specific - yet natural - habitats. Two lakes connected by a tumbling waterfall for example are home to waterbirds such as stilts, herons and Australia’s own unique Black Swan. In Birdworld’s rainforest canopy overhead, blue, gold and scarlet Macaws dazzle with colourful brilliance as they soar above the tree tops.

One outstanding Birdworld denizen not to be missed is that rare avian giant, the Cassowary - an Australian bird now officially enlisted as endangered. Birdworld Kuranda can provide guided tours for all group bookings.
Cairns Wildlife Dome • Your Zoo in the City
• 35-41 Wharf St, CAIRNS QLD 4870 • Ph: 07 4031 7250 • Fax: 07 4031 5265 • Email

• The Cairns Wildlife Dome is a spectacular all-weather wildlife exhibit enclosed by a 20 metre high glass dome on top of the iconic Reef Hotel Casino. You’ll be immersed in a replicated rainforest environment whilst birds such as parrots, cockatoos, lorikeets, doves and rosellas fly freely around you. Get up close to cute pademelons as they roam freely through their enclosure. Observe curlews, frogmouths and kookaburras along with other animals such as frogs, turtles, pythons, freshwater crocodiles, lizards and the adorable bettong.
Cairns Tropical Zoo • Wild World - The Tropical Zoo
• Captain Cook Hwy, PALM COVE QLD • Ph: 07 4055 3669 • Fax: 07 4059 1160 • Email

• Established in 1980, Cairns Tropical Zoo is the largest and most diverse wildlife attraction in Tropical North Queensland, set amidst 6 hectares of tropically landscaped gardens. Our zoo is home to hundreds of native and exotic species, many of which are indigenous to our northern wet tropics. Located just 20 minutes north of Cairns.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
• 28 Tomewin St, CURRUMBIN QLD 4223
• Located on the Gold Coast, the sanctuary has over 27 hectares of landscaped surrounds and bushland, housing over 1,400 mammals, birds and reptiles.
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FAUNA • Fostercare of Australias Unique Native Animals Inc
• Lockyer Valley QLD • Ph: 07 5426 4389 • Mobile: 0427 066 933 • Email

• Dedicated group of people who care for sick, injured and orphaned native Australian animals.
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
• Ph: +61 7 4055 3576 • Fax: +61 7 4059 1017 • Email

• Situated on the magnificent coastal drive between Palm Cove and Port Douglas, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is the best place to see crocodiles and native wildlife in Tropical North Queensland. Set in the foothills of the MacAlister Range, in a World Heritage listed area, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is home to a range of habitat types including melaleuca wetlands, riverine rainforest and eucalypt woodland. We provide an innovative approach to viewing and interacting with wildlife, enabling visitors to become immersed in a natural environment with safety. A series of timber boardwalks provide elevated viewing of wildlife as visitors journey through a range of natural habitats.
Kuranda Koala Gardens
• Heritage Markets, KURANDA QLD 4872 • Ph: +61 7 4093 9953 • Email

• Get your photo taken cuddling a koala (extra charge), see freshwater crocodiles, wombats and a variety of wallabies. Experience Australia’s first walk-through snake house - it’s amazing! Australia is home to an amazing selection of reptiles and there are lots on display. See Dragons and Monitors with their long forked tongues, and much more.

Purchase the Kuranda Wildlife Experience Pass combining the 3 outstanding attractions of the Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld Kuranda Bird Sanctuary, and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.
Lone Pine Koala SanctuaryLone Pine Koala Sanctuary
• Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket, FIG TREE POCKET  / BRISBANE QLD 4069
• Ph: +61 7 3378 1366 • Fax: +61 7 3878 1770 • Email

• Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia, is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, with over 130 koalas. Cuddle a koala anytime, handfeed kangaroos and encounter a large variety of Aussie wildlife, all in beautiful, natural settings.
The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary
• Port Douglas Rd, PORT DOUGLAS QLD 4871 • Ph: 07 4099 3235 • Fax: 07 4099 3100 • Email

• Though observation… Appreciation. Through appreciation… Conservation. This is a wildlife park of the future and world leader in mixed immersion exhibits. Situated on eight acres, visitors can wander through four different and unique environments that depict over 180 species of the surrounding rainforest, wetlands, woodlands and grasslands.
Tolga Bat Hospital
• ATHERTON QLD • Ph: 07 4091 2683 (please telephone to visit - bookings are essential) • Email

• Every year Tolga Bat Hospital rescues, rehabilitates and releases hundreds of bats that might otherwise die. We also provide lifetime sanctuary for many bats that are too severely injured to return to the wild. While this makes a real difference to the individual animal, and the volunteers who are privileged to interact with them, there is a lot more to be done. We are therefore very actively engaged in education, habitat restoration, research and advocacy.

A not-for-profit community group that is 100 percent staff by volunteers. Please help us save these wonderful animals by becoming a member of Tolga Bat Hospital, staying at the guesthouse, making a donation or shopping with us on-line.
Underwater World
• Parkyn Parade, MOOLOOLABA QLD • Ph: 07 5458 6280

• A multi-award winning tourist attraction located beachside on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. We provide you with the unique opportunity to explore 7 unique zones including Touch and Tell, Weird and Wonderful, Seal Island, Otter Empire, Fresh and Freaky, Billabongs and Backyards, and Crawly Creatures!
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Queensland and Other Fauna Websites - Other Links

To visit the wildlife reserves, zoos, parks and aquariums, check the listings under each state and territory. For listing of websites dealing with marsupials, mammals, birds and other fauna, check out the listings below and those listed National section and throughout this site.
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