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Top 10 Cutest animals in australia
Experience Oz + NZ Presents

Australia's Top 10

cutest Animals

by Experience Oz + NZ staff

Australia is home to some of the cutest and most photogenic animals around, so it's only fair that we had Experience Oz + NZ fans and followers vote on which animals takes the top spot.

Please note this list was created as a result of a national poll conducted in 2014. Some of the animals may have relocated to new homes, however, you'll still be able to find a range of cute animals at the below locations (with the exception of Cairns Tropical Zoo which has now closed).


10. Footy the Lorikeet

Where: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, QLD

Name: Footloose or “Footy” for short

Species: Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus)

Kicking off the list of Australia's Cutest Animals is Footy the Lorikeet of QLD's Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Footy's table manners (or lack thereof!) didn't seem to inhibit her popularity with voters. Rainbow Lorikeets are an often-encountered avian species in Queensland and much of the east coast of Australia that is easily recognised due to their distinctive, bright feathering.

According to Amy Heinemann of Lone Pine Sanctuary: "Footloose is a small bird with a BIG personality. Everyone at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane has fallen in love with Footloose (affectionately dubbed 'Footy' by her trainers) and it’s easy to see why."

"She brings joy and smiles to adults and children alike with her cheeky attitude and impressive displays of intelligence - in fact, the Lone Pine staff sometimes suspect that Footy thinks she’s a human instead of a bird!"

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Footy's home is Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary which sits just to the north of Brisbane's CBD in Queensland. As the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, Lone Pine plays host to over 130 koalas as well as a myriad of other Aussie and international animals and places an emphasis on hands-on interaction wherever possible.

Visitors are able to cuddle koalas (an act limited to Queensland), hand-feed kangaroos in a spacious enclosure, and even get up close with the rare Platypus all within expansive natural settings. The sanctuary's motto is: "The earth is not only for humans", and it shows with the great quality of the wildlife facilities that make for a refreshing change from a more typical zoo.

Footloose was brought to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary's wildlife hospital by a member of the general public who found her injured at the local shops. While Footy is an undeniably bright bird, she hasn’t quite seemed to figure out how to eat her greens without making a complete and utter mess of herself and can often be seen happily munching away with most of her food coating her beak as pictured above.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Rainbow Lorikeets are found along the majority of the eastern side of Australia, with a population that extends from North QLD all the way down to South Australia and Tasmania. Renowned for the striking blend of coloured feathers from which they derive their name - as well as their characteristically loud squawk - the Lorikeet is part of the parrot family and as a result, their diet consists mainly of fruits, berries and nectar from various flowers.

Rainbow Lorikeets are an intelligent and sociable animal and in many regions have become used to human contact to the point that they can be hand-fed (an activity that can be done at Footy's Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary mentioned here), with large gatherings in both the mornings and late afternoons.

They are a common species and enjoy the luxury of not being of threatened status as with many of the other nominated animals on this list, and they're a favourite of travellers throughout Australia as subjects for photography and close up encounters. Lorikeets often travel in pairs, and it's uncommon to encounter a single Lorikeet alone without a partner in the wild.

9. Rocco the Barking Owl

Where: National Zoo & Aquarium, Canberra ACT

Name: Rocco

Species: Barking Owl

Boasting sharp yet streamlined features and extremely large eyes, Rocco the Barking Owl of the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra brings to mind many of the "wise" birds depicted in Disney cartoons. The second feathery nominee who made the Top 10 list, this sleek species of owl strikes a balance between cute and cool.

The ACT's National Zoo and Aquarium received Rocco and his sister as chicks, after which they were hand-raised by two of the attraction's keepers. Feathery and friendly, Rocco is very personable and has been trained to fly to people on command and catch his food in mid-air.

Like all other barking owls, Rocco has two distinctive and unmistakable calls from which they derive their name; one is a dog-like bark, while the second is a wailing cry like a human scream! These calls are widely considered to be the birthplace of the Australian legend of the Bunyip - a mythical creature said to lurk in outback waterholes.

National Zoo & Aquarium

Barking Owls are widely distributed amongst the Australian eastern and northern coastal areas while being absent from the central regions, where they reside in wooded areas and at the edges of forests, often making their roosts near to farmland.

They nest in the hollows of trees in densely wooded areas that are abundant in their diverse preferred prey of small to medium sized mammals, reptiles and insects and even bats. Barking owls are brown with white spots and large yellow eyes with amazing eyesight that they use when hunting at night, although they also occasionally hunt during the day.

Barking Owls are medium-sized owls between 39 and 44cm long and boasting an 85cm - 120cm wingspan, with males and females being close in size to one another. While they are widespread in terms of location, their numbers have been in decline and recent conservation efforts have been made in order to re-orientate the birds' population towards an upswing.

National Zoo & Aquarium

Loss of habitat is the major reason for their decline as the removal of their preferred eucalypt forest has forced many of the birds to relocate elsewhere to less suitable living conditions. Other external factors such as poisoning from agricultural treatment, collisions with automobiles and barbed wire fences have also played a role.

Rocco is just one of the animal residents of the ACT's National Zoo and Aquarium, which can boast having the status of the only combined zoo and aquarium in Australia making for a "two attractions in one" offering. The attraction is situated on a spacious 7-hectare section of land just 5 minutes from the centre of Canberra and contains a wide and varied blend of both native and exotic animals - as well as the largest inland saltwater tank in Australia.

As well as standard exploratory zoo experiences, the zoo offers special "Zooventure" tours which offer an even greater degree of interaction with some of the most popular animals, allowing participants to hand-feed Tigers, come face to face with lions, have bears lick honey from your hands and feed giraffes.

8. Hitchinbrooke the Mahogany Glider

Where: Cairns Tropical Zoo, Cairns QLD

Name: Hinchinbrook

Species: Mahogany Glider (Petaurus gracilis)

CAIRNS TROPICAL ZOO IS NOW CLOSED

Who'd have thought a father of 3 could still look so cute? There are no signs of the impacts of age with Cairns Tropical Zoo's Hinchinbrook the Mahogany Glider - a rare species of marsupial that makes he and his ilk a must-see when visiting this part of Tropical Queensland.

Hinchinbrook is a male Mahogany Glider and the father of three other gliders at Queensland's Cairns Tropical Zoo, being part of one of a rare and endangered species in the wild. He's a tame and sociable instance of his kind who will often come out and sit on his keeper's hands for a reward of corn kernels and avocado - his favourite snacks.

Hinchinbrook shows off the typically cute characteristics of this slender and wide-eyed creature, with his relatively larger size compared to other types of gliders and the colouration both of his stripes and his belly being an easily recognisable hallmark of the animal.

Cairns Tropical Zoo

The Mahogany Glider is a threatened species that has seen numerous factors impact is traditional habitat to greatly limit their natural occurrence in the wild - the gliders are isolated to a small pocket of open forest and woodland between Ingham and Tully in North Queensland, and as a result seeing one in the wild is an exceedingly rare occurrence for many Aussies.

Human factors such as sugar cane and pine planting as well as clearing land for livestock have played a major role in the glider's decline, although recovery and preservation programs have begun in earnest in order to help preserve this fragile and beautiful creature.

As mentioned, Mahogany Gliders are relatively large for the glider family of marsupials, with their large black eyes and long furred tails adding to the visual appeal of the animal. They reach adult sizes of around 25 centimetres long in the body, with their tails stretching between 35 and 40 centimetres in length.

Cairns Tropical Zoo

Mahogany Gliders are also nocturnal and feed on both vegetation and small insects, and they are not fussy eaters - they'll eat most of what they come across ranging from eucalypt and acacia saps, pollens and nectars, trees, shrubs and a number of insect varieties.

Mahogany Gliders are largely monogamous creatures that stay in pairs once partnered, with the females giving birth to one or two young in each litter, and can live to between 5 and 6 years of age. They're territorial when protecting their series of nearby trees they use as dens which they make within mature trees, and they line them with eucalypt leaves for additional comfort.

They can have a territory that consists of anywhere between 2 to 9 trees, and they use their special membrane to glide from one tree to the next - they can cover an impressive amount of distance in a single night!

7. Neo the Sooty Owl

Where: Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth WA

Name: Neo

Species: Greater Sooty Owl (Tyto tenebricosa)

Neo from Western Australia's Caversham Wildlife Park and his fellow Sooty Owls are possibly the cutest animals you'll ever see.

As a baby, Sooty Owls are a veritable ball of feathers - making it hard to believe that this package of fluffy, scruffy cuteness grows into such a regal bird. Sooty Owls of which Neo belongs to are a sleek and streamlined animal with striking facial features once reaching maturity including a distinct, disc-shaped mask that helps them when hunting at night. The transition from childhood to adulthood thus gives the impression of the fully-grown Sooty Owls being an entirely different species!

Sooty Owls are found in rainforests and Eucalypt forests along coastal Eastern Australia and Southern New Guinea, roosting in caves, large tree hollows and dense foliage during daylight and as a result, are not often seen by mankind.

Caversham Wildlife Park

They are incredibly skilled hunters that can take surprisingly large prey and have amazing vision due to their large, sharp eyes and play a key role in many cases of keeping rodent populations down, although they also catch more delicate and rare species such as Sugar Gliders and even Ringtail Possums.

While you may have trouble spotting a Sooty Owl in action, if there's one hunting in the area you'll likely have no problem hearing them; one of their most distinctive characteristics is their loud, piercing shriek that descends in tone and has been nicknamed a bomb whistle due to it sounding like a falling bomb (albeit without the explosion!). Once fully grown, Sooty Owls have a brown body covered in white spots and large dark eyes to go with feathered legs and a short tail.

Males in Sooty Owl couples are hard workers, as the mother rarely leaves the nest while the male head out every night in pursuit of a large enough meal to bring home and feed the family, and the young remain dependent on the parents for an extended period of time. Females lay 1 to 2 eggs at a time and fly out only briefly over a 1.5 month period while the young are growing.

Caversham Wildlife Park

Neo and his other feathery brethren call the popular Caversham Wildlife Park home, which is located half an hour's drive to the north east of the Perth CBD inside the large Whiteman Park area. It's a family-owned facility that places a high emphasis on animal interaction and boasts the largest privately owned collection of native wildlife in WA with an animal head count numbering over 2000.

Guests to the park have plenty of opportunities to take part in free shows and demonstrations, get extra insight from the friendly park staff, and hand-feed a range of the animals - all at no extra charge after admission is paid. The animal species here are diverse and feature a wide and varied range of reptiles, marsupials, birds and more that sum up everything "Aussie" wildlife is all about.

6. Albert the Globefish

Where: SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne VIC

Name: Albert

Species: Globefish (Diodon nicthemerus)

We descend underwater for our next finalist, and he's got a face that would put even the smiling "Nemo" to shame. Albert of Victoria's SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium has a facial structure that gives the impression of a near-permanent grin, and as a result is one of the most photogenic little fish you're ever likely to come across.

Like many Globefish, Albert is a member of a species of cheeky fish that has a tendency to steal both the bait of fishermen and other larger fish, however, with such a big smile who could possibly get angry at them?

In addition to their artificially smiling faces, the spiky heads as pictured on Albert above serve the purpose of not just stimulating hair - when globe fish are threatened they puff themselves up, greatly inflating their bodies which cause their spines to stand erect. The resulting spherical, "globe" shape is from where the species derives its name, however, in their regular passive state they are exceptionally cute fish.

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Globefish (also known as the Slender-Spined Porcupine Fish) are endemic to temperate waters of southern Australia from Seal Rocks, New South Wales to about Fremantle, Western Australia, and Tasmania and are fairly common, with a wider range of habitats. They tend to prefer sheltered reefs and are often seen in weedy areas around jetties and pylons in relatively shallow waters.

Large quantities of globefish can be found in Victoria's Port Phillip Bay, and while they are small compared to other similar "puffer fish", they are easily recognisable due to their mixture of dark side blotches and bright yellow spines.

Globefish have large, prominent eyes that give them a permanently "surprised" look, and their beak-like jaws are perpetually stuck in a happy pose that gives them anthropomorphic qualities. They also have a strong bite that allows them to crack open the shells of their preferred diet - hard-shelled crabs - as well as other invertebrates.

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Globefish are curious and inquisitive fish by nature and as a result will often approach aquarium windows for an up-close view for several minutes, making them quite easy to capture in a good photograph. They grow up to 28 centimetres in length.

Albert is one of the thousands of fish that inhabit the many watery sections of SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, a large and popular aquatic attraction on the waterfront of the Yarra River at the corner of King and Flinders Streets. He and his brothers are part of the Conservation Cove section of the aquarium that contains some of the unique local coastal species of Victoria.

The aquarium is one of Victoria's leading family and tourist attractions offering entertainment for young and old alike, allowing guests to walk underwater through expansive glass viewing tunnels for a great angle on Australia's impressive marine life. Visitors can come within inches of the likes of sharks, rays, turtles and much more from both the oceans and freshwater environments.

There are also a variety of daily feeds, talks and presentations highlighting some of the most popular marine species, while the daring can even participate in an optional shark dive!

5. Gangis the Gang-Gang Cockatoo

Where: Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth WA

Name: Gangis

Species: Gang Gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum)

While this finalist is well-deserved, it's also more of a team effort as Gangis the Gang Gang Cockatoo of Caversham Wildlife Park in Western Australia and his buddy Clyde showcase an extremely cute example of animal friendship.

Gang Gang Cockatoos are friendly by nature and 8-year-old Gangis is no exception; he is very cheeky and has plenty of spunk in his attitude! Gangis is one of the stars of Caversham Wildlife Park, and he and his older brother, Junior, were hand-raised together just one season apart.

Caversham Wildlife Park

Naturally Junior was starting to talk a little before Gangis so a lot of keeper time was spent chatting to Junior, all in Gangis’ presence. Apparently, Gangis was listening to them the whole time because to this day, Gangis greets everyone with “Hello Junior”. Gangis lives with his buddy; Clyde the Pink Cockatoo - and the two of them chatter and squabble like a couple of little old men!

Gang Gang Cockatoos are native to forest and woodland areas throughout south-east Victoria and New South Wales (including the ACT) and the south-eastern most corner of South Australia. Preferring wetter and cooler climates to some of their cockatoo family counterparts, male Gang Gangs have a distinctive red head that stands out in contrast to their grey bodies.

Caversham Wildlife Park

They have a distinctive call which makes them easy to identify - many claims it resembles a combination of a creaking gate and a popping cork, and the name "Gang Gang" originally comes from an Aboriginal dialect that is meant to reflect this sound. They're small and stocky compared to other cockatoos but have large, broad wings that contribute to their skilful flying ability.

Gang Gangs have a diet that consists mainly of a combination of seeds, berries and nuts from both native and introduced plant species and can feed in flocks of up to 60 fellow cockatoos, however as they're relatively quiet (by cockatoo standards at least) they don't make quite the racket some of the cousins do when in large groups.

They are largely monogamous animals that spend their adult life with a single partner, however, they are social animals and quickly become tame with extended exposure to humans - males of the species such as Gangis are quick to learn to talk.

4. Sassy the Wombat

Where: Zoodoo Zoo, Richmond TAS

Name: Sassafras or “Sassy” for short

Species: Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus)

Say cheese! While it's a sometimes silly habit for humans to apply human-like traits to animals, it's hard to argue that Sassy the Wombat of Tasmania's ZooDoo Zoo is in anything but a good mood here.

Sassy was born at Zoodoo Zoo in 2014 and has been hand-raised by one of Zoodoo’s head keepers. As a result, Sassy is incredibly friendly, playful and loves attention. She can be seen on display at Zoodoo Zoo with her boyfriend, Blue. Once old enough, Zoodoo hopes Sassy and Blue will one day have baby wombats of their own.

Zoodoo Zoo

Wombats are found in more southern areas of Australia including, eastern NSW, eastern and south-western Victoria, south-eastern South Australia and Tasmania. They tend to stick to cooler and water-rich parts of Australia in a range of different habitats from rainforest, eucalyptus forestry, thick woodlands and even coastal areas.

As you may guess from its name, the Common Wombat to which Sassy belongs is the most populous of the 3 wombat species, and these wombats can grow to anywhere between 80 and 130 centimetres and reach weights of up to 40kg on the high end! Wombats are strictly herbivores and thus mostly eat grass and other plants which they mainly seek out at night.

Zoodoo Zoo

Wombats have coarse coats that range in colour between a shiny black through to silver, chocolate brown and even cream in some cases - in fact, in southern Victoria there is even a small colony of ash-white wombats! Wombats eat mainly native grasses and roots, for which their digging skills come in very handy for unearthing.

Sassy's home is ZooDoo Wildlife Park, located in Tasmania in the suburb of Richmond around half an hour's drive to the north of capital city Hobart. Boasting a large range of native, agricultural and exotic animals to more traditional Aussie offerings such as kangaroos, farm animals, and of course, wombats like Sassy. Zoodoo offers a uniquely hands-on experience with both native and exotic animals that makes for an engaging day out for families, adults and kids alike.

3. Quobba the Quokka

Where: Perth Zoo, Perth WA

Name: Quobba

Species: Quokka (Setonix brachyurus)

Those who know anything about cute Aussie animals would likely be expecting an instance of this ultra-cute species to show up on this list. Quobba the Quokka of Western Australia's Perth Zoo is another shining example of why these little mammals have captured the heart of animal lovers worldwide.

The cute and cuddly Quokka has fast become a favourite of the worldwide Internet community over the years due to their perpetually "smiling" faces making them one of the most popular wildlife targets for "selfie" shots. Their inquisitive nature and frequent exposure to humans has made them highly approachable, tending not to flee from humans unless feeling threatened.

Quobba - the baby Quokka pictured here - was brought to Perth Zoo after being orphaned on its native Rottnest Island and found in the pouch of its deceased mother and placed into the care of the zoo's Australian Fauna Keeper, Stephen Catwell. Now over 200 days old, little Quobba tips the scales at over 600g and is thriving, with the intention for her to serve as an ambassador animal to raise awareness about the Quokkas which reside at Rottnest Island.

Perth Zoo

Quokkas are only found in a limited portion of Western Australia, with their most notable colony on Rottnest Island which lies just off the coast of Perth and smaller numbers on the south-west WA mainland.

They are one of the smallest wallaby species in Australia, weighing between 2.5 to 5 kgs with thick grey-brown fur and a distinctively long tail that can reach lengths of 24 - 31 centimetres. Quokkas are herbivores and eat native grasses and the leaves, stems and bark of a variety of plants. They prefer browsing on new, young growth.

On Rottnest Island, Quokkas appear to live in territories with the areas defended by dominant males. In other areas, territories are not as evident and larger, overlapping groups of 25–150 adults have been known to form around water soaks.

Perth Zoo

Sheltering in dense vegetation during the day, Quokkas create their own pathways for feeding or escaping predators. Quokkas are able to survive in an environment virtually devoid of freshwater and they can climb trees, both of which are relative rarities.

Quokkas were once abundant on the Australian mainland but with the arrival of the dingo around 3,500 years ago and then foxes in the late 1800s (neither of which reached Rottnest Island) their numbers were drastically reduced. Today they are showing signs of recovery on the mainland thanks to the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s feral-proofing operations.

Perth Zoo is a large Western Australian wildlife facility located just a few minutes' drive from the WA capital's CBD. When she is old enough, Quobba will find a permanent home at Perth Zoo’s Education and Learning Centre that is committed to Quokka conservation and is part of a network of Australian zoos involved in a breeding program for this marsupial.

2. Lucy the Wombat

Where: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Hobart TAS

Name: Lucy

Species: Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus)

Lucy of Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Tasmania was certainly ready for her photo shoot with Houndstooth Studio, and her combination of innocent eyes and characteristically stumpy and furry body typical of wombats apparently captured your hearts almost enough to claim the top spot.

Lucy the baby wombat was found cold, wet and frightened after her mother was hit by a car one winter evening. Without her mum to protect and feed her, Lucy would not have survived very long on her own. Luckily, a passing motorist stopped to help and brought baby Lucy to Tasmania's Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary where she can live in safety while she grows up.

Take a Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Once she is old enough to look after herself, Lucy will be released back into the bush to have a second chance at being a wild wombat. Her story is, unfortunately, a very common one in Tasmania, where over half a million animals are killed by cars each year, often leaving behind a hidden tragedy of orphans like Lucy left to fend for themselves.

Lucy is one of the multiple animals being raised at Tasmania's Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary which sits roughly 30 minutes' drive to the north of capital city, Hobart. Serving as a haven for Tasmania's array of unique wildlife, Bonorong places a heavy emphasis on conservation and educating visitors on the wild and fragile natures of the state's animal ecosystem.

Many of the sanctuary's animals are the survivors of legions that once spanned a continent, but now this little island bobbing on the Southern Ocean is all they have left. Bonorong is not a "zoo" in the true sense - it's a place to nurse healthy animals back to full speed to re-enter the wild.

Take a Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

As mentioned previously, the Common Wombat is found in Tasmania, Victoria, and parts of New South Wales and South Australia and are renowned for their cute appearance - it's no surprise that genetically they are the closest animal relative to the koala.

They tend to stick to cooler and water-rich parts of Australia in a range of different habitats from the rainforest, eucalyptus forestry, thick woodlands and even coastal areas. They're a popular fixture at zoos and wildlife parks Australia-wide, and their waddle-style walk adds an additional layer of cuteness to what is already an iconically cuddly Aussie animal.

1. Archer the Koala

Where: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Blue Mountains NSW

Name: Archer

Species: Koala

No list of cute Aussie animals would be complete without a koala on board, and thus it feels appropriate that Archer the Koala of NSW's Featherdale Wildlife Park was voted your #1 on the Australia's Cutest Animal list.

Archer has quite the following online after being through a range of trials and tribulations in his life, and this aspect - coupled with the typically cute aspects of all-things-koala that endears them to Aussies and the rest of the world as a wildlife symbol of Australia - was enough to push him to the top of the voting list.

In June 2014 and weighing at just 300g, Featherdale Wildlife Park's keepers became concerned that Archer wasn’t thriving like other Koala joeys his age. “With the arrival of cold weather, we were worried that mum, Chloe wasn’t taking great care of her joey as she normally would”, Featherdale Wildlife Park’s General Park Curator, Chad Staples said.

Featherdale Wildlife Park Koala

“In the end, we made the tough decision to remove Archer from his mum and hand-raise him in order to give him the greatest chance of survival”. Since then, Archer has thrived under the care of his keepers. In September, he reached the 1kg milestone and went on to celebrate his 1st Birthday in October. Archer now lives in Featherdale’s Koala Kindergarten with other young joeys including his best friend Aria, who is never far from his side.

Koalas hold a special place in many Australians' hearts, and it isn't hard to see why; their furry, cuddly and unthreatening appearance couples with their laid-back nature to make a sort of living teddy bear.

One of the most obvious characteristics of koalas is the degree to which they sleep - these marsupials spend the majority of days sleeping, and it's not uncommon for them to sleep for as long as 22 hours per day! Their food source is a major reason for this, as their near-wholly eucalypt diet is limited in both calories and overall nutrition, forcing them to conserve their energy and causing their tired-looking facade that only serves to add to their cuteness.

Koalas' large heads and stubby-to-non-existent tails are a large reason they've been nicknamed "koala bears" due to their resemblance to ground-bound bears, however, they are in no way related; the closest thing the koala has to a relative in the animal kingdom is the Aussie wombat.

Featherdale Wildlife Park Koala

Koalas are fairly widely distributed around the eastern and southern sections of Australia in tree-heavy woodlands from Magnetic Island in the north to Kangaroo Islands in the south. They're also relatively anti-social animals and don't exhibit the group-oriented behaviour that many of the other species on this list tend towards; outside of mothers with their joeys, koalas spend the majority of their time alone.

Koala's populations have largely remained stable due to their lack of true predators, and as a result, they can be encountered in the wild even in semi-built-up suburban areas where eucalypt trees are found.

Archer's home is the Koala Sanctuary section of Sydney's Featherdale Wildlife Park, one of Australia's largest private collections of native Aussie animals and bird life that sits around 50 minutes' drive west of the city CBD in the suburb of Doonside. Set amongst a lush bush setting all contained within the greater Sydney metropolitan area, Featherdale is home to over 1700 native Australian animals spanning more than 280 species, all spread out over 7 acres.

Visitors to the park are able to get up very close with a number of the species on display here, and unlike most other zoos they are often within arms length with guests able to lean over and touch. In addition to the Aussie zoo animals, Featherdale also has a farmyard with a wide assortment of farm animals for kids to pet, feed and otherwise interact with.

In addition, if you're looking for more wildlife attractions to visit around Australia and New Zealand, be sure to check out our full catalogue!

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