Top 9 wild-at-heart encounters

Bucket-list wildlife encounters are the stuff of daily life here – and Queensland has an incredible diversity of experiences to choose from…

1- Spot crocs… on a boat tour of the Daintree River, with an expert guide giving you the skinny on the local wildlife

2- See koalas up close… at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary or Dreamworld Corroboree, within the Dreamworld amusement park on the Gold Coast

3- Go cassowary-spotting… at Mission Beach. These sizeable birds are an endangered icon of the Wet Tropics, after all

4- Surf with dolphins along the coast or meet them up close at Sea World, the Gold Coast’s premier marine animal park 

5- Swim with Dwarf Minke Whales... in season (June–July) on the Great Barrier Reef – the only place in the world where you can do this

6- Gasp at glow worms… in their thousands at Natural Bridge in the Springbrook National Park or Mount Tamborine, within Tamborine Mountain in South East Queensland

7- Spot manta rays and turtles…below the surface and be mesmerised by the psychedelic colours of the coral gardens

8- Discover pretty-faced wallabies… and their mates as the sun sets in the stunning Undara Lava Tubes National Park in north Queensland

9- See amazing birds… and feed the lorikeets at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in the hinterlands

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