If your kids are eager to see some animals on your Brisbane holiday, you're in the right place. There are plenty of wildlife attractions in and around the city. Once you've got your car hire in Brisbane sorted, you'll have the means to get around to see what this place has to offer.
Australia Zoo: Home of The Crocodile Hunter
This is where having your own car to comes in handy. This zoo is located about an hour out of Brisbane on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, but it's sure to be worth the drive.
You'll be able to see the monkeys, zebras, elephants, rhinos and tigers your kids have been dying to get a glimpse at, but there's so much more to this zoo. You can learn more about conservation with the zoo's different education opportunities. Your child could even be a zookeeper for the day.
Don't forget to take the chance to get up close and personal with some of Australia's native animals – make a new friend when you hug a koala, hand-feed the kangaroos, hang out with the otters, meet a cheetah or witness a crocodile feeding.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Just a 20 minute drive out of the centre of the city, this is the place to go if you want to spend more time with one of Australia's most beloved native animals. With more than 130 koalas here it's the world's first and largest sanctuary for this animal. You'll also encounter a number of kangaroos, platypus, farm animals, even a wild lorikeet. It's a fun, interactive, easy day out for you and the family.
Dolphin Wild Marine Eco Cruise
Head out on a boat off the coast of Brisbane to Moreton Bay to come face to face with the thriving marine wildlife. It's a great way to spend the day when the weather is fine. A lot of dolphins live here, but there are also turtles, dugongs and even humpback whales. Feed the fish before you enjoy your own tasty lunch. If you want to cool off, you can take a dip in the turquoise sea.