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Texas Longhorn Tours

441 Urdera Road, Charters Towers QLD 4820
Witness the majestic and historic Texas Longhorns on a horse drawn wagon ride or Safari - an experience like no other. Take a traditional horse drawn wagon ride or Ranger Safari and a trip back in time, back to the 'Old West' to the time of the legendary Texas Longhorns. Situated 10 kilometres from Charters Towers, North Queensland, is Leahton Park, home to one of the largest full-blood herds of Texas Longhorns in Australia. These cattle are direct descendants of the millions of Longhorns that walked the great trail herds from Texas in the late 1800s. It is also home to JR -the 2013 Guinness World Record Texas Longhorn steer. JR was born and raised at Leahton Park and was certified in 2013 to have the longest horns of all cattle in the world. His horns now exceed 3.1 metres from tip to tip. Listen to the yarns and learn the history of this magnificent breed of cattle while enjoying the canvas covered wagon ride or Safari in the bush on the one and only experience of its kind. Asian Water Buffalo, Scottish Highlanders, American Bison, African Watusi and Indian Gyr cattle and native Aussie wildlife are all at Leahton Park. Due to current health advice on social distancing, please contact them for the most up to date information regarding opening times and services....
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Darling Downs Zoo

21 Baines Road, Pilton QLD 4361
The Darling Downs Zoo is situated in a beautiful rural setting on the eastern Downs - midway between Toowoomba and Warwick - just over two hours drive from the Brisbane Central Business District. This Zoo is being developed so that you travel the animal world with a walk through the geographical areas of Australia, South-east Asia, Africa and South America. Already the Zoo features the only pride of African Lions in Queensland, Giraffe, Cheetah, Baboons, Monkeys, Marmosets, African Serval, endangered Sumatran Tiger, tropical birds, Kangaroos and White Wallabies, Deer, Crocodiles and Alligator, Boa Constrictors and Tortoises, unusual South American animals like Brazilian Tapir and Capybara and much, much more. The Zoo is also home to the only White Lions living permanently in Queensland and the largest herd of Zebras and Giant Tortoises in this State! The zoo is open to the public from 9am every day. Closed only on Christmas Day. Picnic facilities are available, there is a kiosk and gift shop with EFTPOS and free parking for all vehicles including coaches and caravans. The entire zoo is wheelchair accessible. ...
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Rockhampton Botanic Gardens

100 Spencer Street, The Range QLD 4700
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens are amongst the oldest public gardens in Queensland. Entry to the gardens and zoo is FREE. They open daily from 6am to 6pm. Located within the Gardens is the Rockhampton Zoo. It is home to over 50 species of native animals from across Australia and exotic animals from around the world! Its the perfect place for families to see animals in their natural surroundings. The Gardens Tearooms is the café nestled under the 150 year old Banyan Figs and offer a range of meals and refreshments as well as catering for special events. Indoor and outdoor dining options are available. The Japanese Gardens provide tranquillity and peace, while the Cenotaph honours our Australian soldiers. ...
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Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary

9 Stones Road, Yeppoon QLD 4703
At Cooberrie Park, you can cuddle a Koala, hold a Crocodile, Snake or Lizard, play with Birds, interact with playful Monkeys and hand feed Kangaroos! Located just just 28 minutes from Rockhampton and 15 minutes from Yeppoon Beach. During the daily animal show at 1pm, all visitors are able to hold a Snake, Lizards, Sugar Glider, Parrots and pat the Koala for photos, all included with admission! Animal encounters include Koala Holdings, Monkey Experiences, Macaw Holding, Crocodile Holding, Junior Zoo Keeper Program and VIP Reptile Experiences! Swimming pool, paddling pool and barbecue facilities are all included with admission! They receive no government funding and rely solely on admission and donations. Cooberrie Park is the only Wildlife Sanctuary in Central Queensland that takes care of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife; the animals appreciate your support. ...
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Cairns Aquarium

5 Florence Street, Cairns QLD 4870
Cairns Aquarium is Australia’s newest and most spectacular aquarium. It is the only aquarium in the world to exclusively showcase the stunning aquatic wildlife from tropical North Queensland’s two World Heritage listed areas – the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. Travel through 10 amazing North Queensland ecosystems from the world’s most ancient rainforest to the world’s largest coral reef to discover 71 different exhibits showcasing the extremely rare and incredibly unique species of this region. Endangered Freshwater Sawfish, Grey Reef Sharks and Humphead Maori Wrasse dominate the massive fresh water and marine habitats while the Amethystine Python and Boyd’s Forest Dragon make a spectacle of themselves in their treetop displays. Add to this a panorama of wildlife and marine fish that create an underwater world filled with a kaleidoscope of colour. Enjoy daily talks and presentations by knowledgeable and entertaining educators, marvel at the animal feeding sessions and get a hands-on experience at the marine and terrestrial touch tanks. Complete your day at Cairns Aquarium with breakfast, lunch or dinner at Dundee's Restaurant. Open 365 days of the year, experience the spectacular diversity of the region without the need to get wet or even leave the city. ...
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Daisy Hill Koala Centre

Koala Centre, Daisy Hill QLD 4127
***Please Note: In response to COVID-19, the Queensland Government is taking proactive steps to reduce potential risks to vulnerable people in the community. As a result, Daisy Hill Koala Centre is closed until further notice. They apologise for any inconvenience.*** Visit Daisy Hill Koala Centre to see koalas in a natural outdoor setting. Come and be captivated by these amazing marsupials and discover more about the secret life of koalas. Admission is free. You can see the resident koalas from two different viewing levels so don't forget your camera. Visitors are unable to handle or pat the koalas. Discover the secret world of koalas! Learn more about koalas by exploring the fun and informative displays in the centre. Watch short films in the Woodland Theatre, discover all about the koala's life cycle and unique biology, learn the signs and symptoms of a sick or injured koala, learn how you can contribute to the conservation of koalas, find out what the Queensland Government is doing to help koalas, learn about other interesting Queensland wildlife species. The centre is wheelchair accessible....
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Kuranda Koala Gardens

Heritage Markets, Kuranda QLD 4881
This award winning boutique style wildlife experience, Kuranda Koala Gardens, is in Kuranda Village right at the Heritage Markets. This is the only place in Kuranda village where you can enjoy the 'Cuddle a Koala' opportunity. A fee applies and this includes a digital souvenir photo. Also visit Kuranda's only walk in Noctarium, called 'Nocturnal Wonders' and some rare species including bettongs, bibles and gliders. Meet tame wallabies, see wombats, freshwater crocodiles, lizards and more. Visit the 'Pioneer Shed' that depicts some of the early history of European settlement in the Kuranda region. A free shuttle bus operates from Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Train Stations. It's a great attraction for those with limited time in the region, (if you have plenty of time, they also recommend visits to Hartley's Crocodile Adventures). Kuranda Koala Gardens is also part of the 'Kuranda Wildlife Experience'. This combines Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. These are ideal for independent travellers and small groups. ...
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Lot 10, Wangetti QLD 4877
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in the North. 2500 metres of boardwalks you can see an array of wildlife, including beautiful tropical birds, wallabies, reptiles, insects and more. Due to COVID-19 the following will apply. Daily activities (subject to change on the day): 9am and 1pm Crocodile Farm Tour. 10am and 2pm Snake Show. 11am and 3pm Crocodile Show. Entry Conditions: • Children must be accompanied and actively supervised by a responsible adult. • As a condition of entry, you must comply with their COVID Safe Plan. Must provide your correct contact details on entry, exercise social distancing and frequently wash/sanitise your hands. • If you display any signs of illness symptomatic to COVID-19, you will be denied entry. • Failure to comply with any instructions from their staff may result in your expulsion from the property. • They accept most major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and Amex). Payment by credit/debit card is preferred and appreciated. • Other entry conditions stated at Reception and on their web page. • No concessions, reductions or discounts on the family rate. • Discounts are available for locals (with identification) and holders of some concessionary cards. • The three-day complimentary pass is not available until the return of normal trading. • Prior bookings are essential for groups greater than 10 persons....
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Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Tours

104-144 Hartley Road, Tamborine Mountain QLD 4272
Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Tours are located at Cedar Creek Estate. Come underground on a journey through the spectacular purpose-built Glow Worm cave! The tours begin with a short walk on the boardwalk through the rehabilitated rainforest to the Glow Worm cave. Once inside you will watch a short audio/visual display to acclimatise your eyes to the dark. This will ensure you see as many glow worms as possible while inside Glow Worm Alley. The magical "glow-worm alley" is filled with thousands of glowing glow-worms guaranteed! The experience is one you have to see to believe! Glow Worm Tours operate throughout the day between 10am until 4pm daily with twilight tours operating between 4:30pm - 6:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Bookings are recommended for large group tours. The only days we are closed are Good Friday and Christmas Day....
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Australia's Sea World

Sea World Drive, Main Beach QLD 4217
**COVID-19 Update: Sea world will be reopening on 26 June 2020 under an industry approved COVID Safe plan** Delve below surface and discover a whole new world of fun and adventure at Sea World, Australia’s number one Marine Park! Embark on a journey to save the oceans with the all new Seal Guardians Presentation or chill out in the shade while the kids cool down in Sea World’s latest splash pad attraction, The Reef at Castaway Bay. Don’t forget to stop by and meet Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol and catch their new show. Make friends with the magnificent marine life, from dolphins to seals, Polar bears, penguins and more. Take to the sky with our all new Sea World Sky Flyer attraction! Experience breathtaking views of Sea World and the Gold Coast Broadwater as you soar in a giant swing chair 33 metres above the ground. Due to current health advice on social distancing, please contact the business for the most up to date information on services....
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Haigslea EWE Nique Hobby Farm

187 Missigs Road, Haigslea QLD 4306
As the name suggests, this hobby farm offers a unique outing for families. You’ll be able to get up close and personal and pat and feed their friendly animals - alpacas, sheep, lambs, goats, geese or perhaps get some pictures of the wandering chooks for your Instagram feed. Farmer Dave and flower-grower Penny have added coffee to the mix too – parents can order a latte and sip it on a hay bale and take in the rural setting. There’s even a small plants nursery too - and throughout the year, during school holidays children receive free seedlings that they can take home to pot up themselves, in addition to huge flowering stems of cymbidium orchids and other plants to purchase. This is a popular outing just 45 minutes from Brisbane. Penny and David like to keep numbers manageable so that every visitor has a ewe nique experience so bookings are essential. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see what’s new on the farm and check their current opening hours. ...
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Reef HQ Aquarium

2-68 Flinders Street East, Townsville QLD 4810
Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is the the world's largest living coral reef aquarium and the Australian Government's national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef. Immerse yourself in the underwater viewing tunnel offering magical views of a living coral reef and the predators that prowl the water depths. Discover beauty and wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. Home to the world's largest living coral reef aquarium, the 2.5 million litre coral reef exhibition will open your eyes to an amazing world filled with thousands of charismatic marine creatures. Appreciate the challenges faced by Reef HQ Aquarium's Turtle Hospital patients and how you can play a role in protecting marine turtles in the Great Barrier Reef. The turtle hospital operates and promotes the C.A.R.E (Conserve. Act. Rehabilitate. Education) philosophy playing a key role in raising community awareness. Join their experienced and friendly interpretation staff on one of Reef HQ Aquarium's premier visitor experiences. Let their volunteers inspire you as they share their passion for the Great Barrier Reef. ...
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Cobb & Co Changing Station

62 Burrowes Street, Surat QLD 4417
Steeped in history with links to Cobb & Co and the 'boom time' of the wool growing industry, Surat is an ideal destination for anyone wishing to reconnect with history of the pioneering spirit of life on the land. The Cobb & Co Changing Station - original site of the Cobb & Co Store and drop-off point for coach travellers and goods, houses a museum depicting lifestyles of yesteryear, is home to a 14-seater Cobb & Co coach and houses an amazing 25,000 litre freshwater aquarium, social history museum and regional art gallery. ...
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Carrowong Fauna Sanctuary

Black Mountain Road, Kuranda QLD 4881
Carrowong Sanctuary is a 90 acre pristine property completely surrounded by World Heritage listed rainforest. This unlogged rainforest gives guests a unique experience to enjoy a pristine area. They have no cages or fences, rainforest life is free to roam. Endangered, rare and vulnerable species include the southern cassowary, musky rat kangaroo, red legged pademelon, northern platypus, pogonomys, antechinus, hydromys, green, striped and pygmy possums and more. Around 130 bird species exist here together with 15 notable reptiles. Flora is unique, with species like Macintyres Boxwood, Licuala Palms, and Plalcospermum. Roads and walking tracks have been constructed to limit the removal of old growth forest, and avoid soil erosion and impeded drainage. Power is generated from the sun, and eco-sensitive composting toilets are used. Their original wildlife tours continue to lead the way in rainforest eco-tourism. Carrowong's Wildlife Mountain Safari concentrates on rare and endangered mammals of the night. A Night in the Rainforest, their nocturnal spotlighting walk, reveals the bio-diversity of these ancient rainforests. Carrowong Fauna Sanctuary is privately funded, locally owned and dedicated to the rehabilitation and conservation of native rainforest wildlife. All tours are led by local wildlife specialists. ...
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Reef Teach

85 Lake Street, Cairns QLD 4870
Reef Teach will greatly enhance any Great Barrier Reef visit. Their customers describe Reef Teach as informative, fun, hilarious, inspirational and most of all credit Reef Teach for enhancing their trip. Reef Teach is the only privately run Great Barrier Reef Education Company. It has been running for 26 years this year (2018). Through the use of real specimens (which are passed around), high quality images and video clips shown on a huge screen, their Marine Biologist will share with the audience hundreds of facts about the Great Barrier Reef. Their main focus topics to help customers have a great experience on the Reef include what marine animals they can see and wonderful facts about these animals. They also give helpful hints on where to find some iconic animals and how to interact with them and the ever important conservation aspects. Armed with knowledge visitors of the Great Barrier Reef, see more and enjoy far more. Reef Teach is great value for money, come along and see for yourself. The Reef Teach show runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Private shows and other Education Programs also available. Located in the heart of the Cairns Central Business District. ...
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Quoin Island Retreat and Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

Quoin Island via Marina, Gladstone QLD 4680
Quoin Island Retreat is an exclusive island event venue, catering to weddings, conferences, parties and events from corporate to social and school / social groups. With dedicated conference facilities, accommodation and purpose built team building activities, Quoin Island will do what it takes to make your event vision a reality. As the home to Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, Quoin Island offers an educational experience at our Turtle Centre encompassing environmental, team building and animal welfare experiences. Please note Quoin Island is accessible for private bookings only. ...
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The Llama Farm

563 Riverside Drive, Pine Mountain QLD 4306
The Llama Farm is one of a growing number of farm visit experiences you can enjoy in the Ipswich region but with Queensland’s biggest herd of llamas, it’s an experience unlike any other. Visitors can choose a llama to walk with on a lead along a purpose-built trail on the farm which borders the upper reaches of the Brisbane River at Pine Mountain. Many of this herd of 75 have been born and raised here and so are extremely friendly around humans, which is handy if you’re after close-up and selfies. And every one of them has a name. “They’re just such lovely animals to have around and people love coming to visit,” he said. “One of the joys about having a property like this is that you get to share it with people and that’s the whole reason we wanted to wait and get everything sorted before we opened the gates to the public.” Visitors will also see donkeys, miniature ponies, a large flock of peacocks, Chinese geese, turkeys, guinea fowl and two big fluffy white Maremma dogs, Lucy and Lola, whose job it is to guard the poultry. Morning or afternoon teas can be included for larger groups. ...
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Heron Island Research Station

46267 - Heron Island QLD 4680
The University of Queensland's Heron Island Research Station is a world-class research and teaching facility. It is the largest island-based research station in the Southern Hemisphere with a rich history of research, event pre-dating its construction in 1951. The facility is utilised by over 60 institutions, domestic and international, as part of educational programs, workshops and of course as a base from which to conduct ground-breaking research. A Heron Island Research Station tour is run daily by station staff, providing detailed insight into how the station operates and the research that is conducted there. Enquire at Resort Reception for tour availability. ...
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Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World

233 Stanley River Road, Maleny QLD 4552
Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World - An Unforgettable Experience - The 'Jewel' of Maleny. Maleny Botanic Gardens is a unique, privately owned garden, consisting of nearly 18 acres of gardens, set on a 110 acre property. Overlooking a backdrop of the iconic Glass House Mountains and surrounded by magnificent rainforest. Enjoy the panorama of waterfalls, ponds and colourful plantings in these privately owned gardens positioned high on the escarpment. The uniquely landscaped layers are surrounded by the spectacular Glasshouse Mountains backdrop creating a truly unique garden. The Bird Aviaries are a haven for colourful birds from around the world. The four walk-through aviaries are home to over 700 native and exotic birds. You can be part of a walk-through, interactive guided tour, where you can get up close and personal with birds from finches, black cockatoos to Macaws. Other points of interest are over 18 gazebos with beautiful views for a perfect picnic supplied from their onsite Cafe, a Fairy Tale Garden, a giant chair, old fishing trawler and a tree house to explore, as well as Devonshire teas to enjoy overlooking the gardens. There are also many tranquil and romantic settings for events, functions and wedding. ...
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Wildlife Habitat

Road, Port Douglas QLD 4877
The Advanced Eco-accredited Wildlife Habitat is a wildlife immersion exhibit - an open and interactive environment for guests and animals to mingle in a spacious natural setting. Visitors wander along elevated boardwalks, observing up close a huge range of wildlife as birds fly and animals roam freely. Experience the five different environments where visitors and animals mix freely, the Savannah, Wetlands, Rainforest, Nocturnal and Grasslands. Hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, observe cassowaries and Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroos and cuddle a Koala! The Predator Plank allows you to test your courage as you “walk the plank” over crocodile-filled waters. Meet Nocturnal animals under a starry night sky in the Nocturnal Habitat. Join a guided wildlife presentation to learn more about the resident wildlife. Experience the symphony of sounds and colours of wildlife and tantalise your taste buds at Queensland's best tropical buffet, as you enjoy Breakfast with the Birds or Lunch with the Lorikeets. Located at the entrance to Port Douglas, local shuttle buses operate regularly from Port Douglas to their door. If travelling from Cairns, Wildlife Habitat is located 50 minutes north along the scenic Captain Cook Highway. ...
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Birdworld Kuranda

Rob Vievers Drive, Kuranda QLD 4881
Home to the largest single collection of free flying birds in Australia (some 500 of them!), Birdworld Kuranda displays no less than 60 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 aviary to observe the birds in their own specific - yet natural - habitats. Two lakes connected by a tumbling waterfall are home to waterbirds such as stilts, herons and Australia's own unique Black Swan. In the rainforest canopy overhead, blue, gold and scarlet Macaws dazzle with colourful brilliance as they soar above the treetops. One outstanding Birdworld denizen not to be missed is that rare avian giant, the Southern Cassowary - now officially enlisted as endangered. Designed to 'create a centre where birds would be showcased in their natural environment without the barriers of cages coming between them and their admiring public', Birdworld is a photographers paradise. (And without those barriers, visitors often find a feathered friend nestling on their shoulder - a golden photo opportunity!). Birdworld can provide guided tours for all group bookings with prior arrangement. ...
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Bees on Keswick Island

39364 - Keswick Island QLD 4741
Keswick Island is home to thriving hives of purebred Caucasian bees. Unlike bees on the Australian mainland, these bees are free of many other diseases and are sometimes used as breeding stock for the mainland colonies. The bees were brought to the island in 1986. The bees are supported by aparists, John and Des Covey and Keswick Developments encourages this operation as a means of preserving a valuable part of the natural ecosystem. The Bee Hives can be found on the walking trails towards Langton Point and Connie Bay. Keswick Island honey is available to purchase at the Keswick Island Kiosk, the Mackay Visitor Information Centre and at other stores stocking local produce around the Mackay Region. ...
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Billabong Sanctuary

11 Country Road, Nome QLD 4816
Billabong Sanctuary offers Australia’s Best Interactive Wildlife Experience! Located just 20 minutes south of Townsville on Highway 1A , Queensland, it features native animals in natural habitats of eucalypt forest, rainforest and wetlands. As a small boutique park, it specialises in memorable personal experiences. Get up close to a koala, pat a wombat, pose with a python, pat a dingo, and feed the cassowaries. You could even hold a baby saltwater crocodile! Free-ranging kangaroos will hop up for a pat. Most interactive experiences are free-of-charge and you can use your own camera to capture the moment. Throughout the day friendly Rangers present dynamic and impassioned wildlife talks, which are both inspiring and entertaining. Twice-daily croc-feeding shows are thrilling to watch, as these mighty reptiles power out of the water to snatch their food. The focus on conservation has earned Billabong Sanctuary Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation. ...
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Paradise Country

Production Drive, Oxenford QLD 4210
**COVID-19 Update: Paradise Country will be reopening on 26 June 2020 under an industry approved COVID Safe plan** Paradise Country is Australia’s number one Farm Experience and has become a popular destination for a fun family day out. It’s all about creating lasting memories as you experience life on an authentic Aussie Farm, nestled between Warner Bros. Movie World and Australian Outback Spectacular. There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get from watching their stockmen and their dogs round up a flock of sheep, crack a stockman’s whip or put their trusty stock-horses through their paces. You’ll even get the chance to sample some of their delicious billy tea and learn how to make traditional damper before heading to the shearing shed for their Ram Parade and Sheep Shearing Display. Shaun the Sheep is now at Paradise Country! While the Farmer’s away the Flock will … follow him Down Under! Due to current health advice on social distancing, please contact the business for the most up to date information regarding services....
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Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre

149 Yappar Street, Karumba QLD 4891
Discover the amazing secrets of the mighty barramundi at The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre, the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf strain of this iconic fish! The brand new interactive and state of the art Interpretive Centre provides the history, stories, lifecycle and habits of these sought-after fish. Discover the wetlands and mangroves and learn about the incredible birdlife and stunning southern Gulf flora. Watch an amazing short film in their theatre – about Barramundi, the fishing industry and the wonderful community of Karumba and hear stories from the Commercial fishermen who catch them. Enjoy views over the saltwater lagoon, whilst drinking a quality coffee or eating a scrumptious meal! ...
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Australian Institute of Marine Science

Cape Cleveland Road, Townsville QLD 4810
The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is Australia’s tropical marine research agency. AIMS plays a pivotal role in providing large-scale, long-term and world-class research that helps governments, industry and the wider community to make informed decisions about the management of Australia’s marine estate. The Australian Institute of Marine Science's National Sea Simulator (SeaSim) is a world-class marine research aquarium facility for tropical marine organisms in which scientists can conduct cutting-edge research not previously possible in Australia. Members of the public are invited to join a free tour of their Cape Ferguson facility every Friday between March and November. Tours begin at 9.30am and end at approximately 11.45am. They include presentations on AIMS’ current research and a guided walk around the facilities, including a tour of the ‘world’s smartest aquarium’, the National Sea Simulator. Numbers are limited. Bookings are essential and close at 4pm on the Wednesday before the tour. Sturdy, closed footwear and a hat to protect against the sun are required. They also advise you to bring drinking water. A lunch is available for guests to purchase at the cafe after the tour. Please inform reception if you intend on staying for lunch when booking. ...
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Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome

35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns QLD 4870
Enjoy fun, fauna and fitness at Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome; the world's first Challenge Ropes Course in a wildlife immersion exhibit. Located on the top of the Reef Hotel Casino, this attraction has 65 elements of crossings and ziplines, Australian wildlife and more. The Mid-ZOOM and Hi-ZOOM are action-packed zipline courses, with fun crossings, tunnels, cargo nets and ziplines- one of which goes over Goliath, a 4.5 metre Estaurine Crocodile. Walk outside the roof of the dome and experience sweeping 36 degree views of Cairns, the ocean and beyond on the Dome Climb. Brave the power jump- an adrenaline-packed 13 metre free fall from a tall tower. Try the Pirate Climb, Commando Rope Climb or Slackline for an extra challenge. Wander the wildlife park and get up close to an abundance of Australian wildlife, including koalas, cockatoos, snakes and crocodiles. Join one of the guided keeper presentations to learn more about the species. See the power of the Estaurine Crocodile on the daily crocodile feeding presentation. You can even cuddle a koala and have your photo taken! ...
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White Ridge Farm

130 Hamilton Road, Elimbah QLD 4516
White Ridge Farm offers people of all ages the opportunity to visit and interact with friendly and sweet-natured animals every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am until 3pm. They have all the usual farm animals as well as llamas, alpacas, a donkey and even a camel! No matter your child’s predisposition, the sweet-natured woolly, furry, feathered and hoofed residents of White Ridge Farm will put kids at ease and win over children of all temperaments. So pack a picnic, grab the family and head on out for a taste of farm life. ...
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Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Feeding

41314 - Moreton Island QLD 4009
The highlight of any visit to Tangalooma is the opportunity to hand feed one of the wild bottlenose dolphins that visit the shores each evening at sunset. Moreton Bay is home to approximately 600 bottlenose dolphins and each evening as the sun begins to set across the water, a small pod makes their way to the shores of Tangalooma Island Resort. Since 1992, Resort guests have had the opportunity to hand feed the dolphins as part of the Tangalooma wild dolphin feeding program. Currently up to 13 dolphins frequent the shores of Tangalooma each evening, hunting, surfing and playing with fellow pod members, each with their own distinctive and unique personalities. A dedicated Dolphin Care Team records the dolphins’ behaviour each evening, monitoring growth, behaviour and interactions. The Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Feeding Experience is included in selected accommodation and day cruise packages from Brisbane. Only official guests of the resort are able to participate in this program....
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Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre

60 Mount Nebo Road, The Gap QLD 4061
***NOTE: All of Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is closed in response to COVID-19. Check park alerts for advice on what's closed. Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre showcases some of the incredible biodiversity of Queensland and is home to various reptiles, amphibians, fish and mammals. It features an outdoor walk-through habitat for kangaroos and wallabies and is one of a select few wildlife displays exhibiting one of the world's most fascinating mammals-the platypus. Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre operates a seasonal holiday activities program during Queensland school holidays, four times per year (Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring). Activities include a range of nature-based activities and events for all ages, including Junior Ranger activities and daily Wildlife Discovery Shows. The Centre features an Information Centre, a Wildlife Centre and a wedding/conference centre and cafe. There is also the opportunity to go swimming or kayaking in Enoggera Reservoir, enjoy a short bush walk, or go mountain bike riding on the dedicated skills course. The Information Centre provides detailed information on D'Aguilar National Park and also showcases many of southeast Queensland's national parks through a virtual lookout platform that provides a spectacular panoramic viewing experience. The Centre delivers environmental education activities. Contact for further information....
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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

8 Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda QLD 4881
Be surrounded by 1500 free-flying tropical butterflies in the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary; Australia's largest butterfly flight aviary. Wander around the enchanted rainforest aviary and spot majestic butterflies, including the vibrant green Cairns Birdwing Butterfly and iconic Monarch. Join a complimentary guided aviary tour to learn more about the butterflies, their behaviour and life cycles. Watch a stunning daily butterfly release and make sure you make a wish! It is recommended to wear white, red or pink to increase the chance of the butterflies landing on you. Join your guide on a visit to the breeding laboratory, which houses up to 4,000 caterpillars. This educational experience shows what goes on behind the scenes and shows caterpillars in all of their life stages. View butterfly wings through a microscope or venture into the UV room to experience butterfly vision. Join a complimentary guided food plant walk, which takes a look at the caterpillar food plants grown on-site. Located in the heart of Kuranda Village, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is an iconic, all-weather attraction. Popular with children, couples and single travellers alike, it’s easy to see why the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary is ranked as one of Trip Advisors' best Kuranda attractions. ...
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SS Yongala Dive Site

Cape Bowling Green, Townsville QLD 4810
Situated near Cape Bowling Green off the coast between Townsville and Ayr, the SS Yongala is possibly the best wreck dive in the world. The ship, at 110 metres long, is one of the largest, most intact historic shipwrecks, as well as one of the most intriguing maritime mysteries - after sinking in 1911, the SS Yongala lay undiscovered for more than half a century. Due to being the only reef formation in the region, the ship attracts a much higher amount of sea life than other dive sites. Everything about the SS Yongala is massive: huge fish, enormous structures of coral and with so much of the ship still intact, it makes for a stunning sight and one that won’t compare to anything else. You will find eagle rays, turtles, giant Queensland gropers, schooling barracuda, sea snakes and much more living on board the SS Yongala....
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Splitters Farm

205 Blairs Road, Sharon QLD 4670
Splitters Farm is a 160 acre property bordered by Splitters Creek, a fresh water nature reserve that feeds into Bundaberg’s beautiful Burnett River. Splitters Farm offers 'Meet the Animals' Farm Tours each weekend. Splitters Farm first started in 2017 as a safe haven and sanctuary for rescued farm animals who had been neglected, abused or victims of their owners change of circumstances. Most however, have come to Splitters Farm as the result of drought and the subsequent financial burden for farmers to feed their livestock. The Farm offers a 1 hour self-guided walking tour each weekend where you make your way from paddock to paddock at your own pace feeding animals and meeting the many characters of Splitters Farm. Tour times can be found on their website, with the additional option of VIP tours which includes a gourmet picnic hamper catered to all dietary requirements. A photographers dream, you'll hand feed and get up-close-and-personal with the beautiful rescue animals of Splitters Farm. Bottle feed their orphaned babies, taste honey, collect eggs and get some dirt under your fingernails. Bring a camera, drink, sunscreen, hat and covered shoes. The acreage is a working cattle farm and, in addition to its rescued barnyard animals, is home to native Australian animals including wallabies, platypus, barramundi, prehistoric lung fish and boasts over 150 documented species of Australian bird life....
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Durong Dingo Sanctuary

355 McLean Road, Durong QLD 4610
Durong Dingo Sanctuary is Queensland's only Dingo Sanctuary including the only Colony of Fraser Island Dingoes in Australia. They also have rescued wildlife including white cockatoos, galahs, lorikeets and other parrots and wallabies. It is nestled into a forest about 75 kilometres from Kingaroy. It is also an Educational Faculty for University students and volunteers....
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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket QLD 4069
Recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary. With over 90 years of experience, Lone Pine is home to 130 koalas and over 70 species of other native Australian animals. Meet a koala, hand-feed the kangaroos or wild lorikeets, and marvel at theirtwo playful platypus. In both 2015 and 2018, Lone Pine was inducted into the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame for consistent 'excellent' guest reviews. In 2018, the sanctuary also opened the Brisbane Koala Science Institute; a world-class koala research facility constructed in partnership with the Brisbane City Council. Unwind with a coffee in the 'Koala Forest', surrounded by some of the sanctuary's beautiful female koalas, or catch the action in the Free Flight Raptor Show. You can also enjoy an Australian outback farm experience at the daily Sheepdog Show, performed by experienced sheepdog handlers and their loyal dogs. Free wi-fi is available all throughout the sanctuary, along with three bloggers areas, providing guests with comfortable seating, USB power stations and great sanctuary views. ...
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Gold Coast Highway, Currumbin QLD 4223
Explore this iconic Gold Coast Wildlife Sanctuary. Immerse yourself into the wonder and natural beauty of 27 hectares of Currumbin rainforest, wandering through open animal enclosures, feeding kangaroos and cuddling koalas along the way. Experience the wild lorikeet feeding, free flight bird shows and Aboriginal performances. See the wonderful vets in action within the Wildlife Hospital precinct. With a huge outdoor themed playground, Wild Island, there is plenty of entertainment for kids to enjoy as they tour the sanctuary on a miniature train. Lost Valley a new exotic precinct features five hectares of stunning rainforest, Explore a forgotten world and get up close and personal with some of the world's most unique and distinctive flora and wildlife including friendly Lemurs, Cotton-top tamarins, Red pandas, Capybaras along with free-flying birds and exotic reptiles Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a not-for-profit organisation and reinvests all proceeds back into wildlife and conservation programs....