Best Brisbane wildlife day trips
Australia Zoo and Glass House Mountains
A must-see visit for all overseas visitors, and a lot of fun for locals as well, is Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast. An easy one hour and 30 minute drive north of Brisbane - and well signposted so less chance of getting lost - Australia Zoo is a great place to start a day trip in the Glass House Mountains.
View some deadly Australian spiders and snakes from the correct side of the glass tanks, cuddle a koala or a boa constrictor (the latter a great photo to show your mother), laugh at a wombat waddling along and, of course, check out the crocs Steve Irwin was so famous for wrestling.
When you have had enough of the local animals check out the local flora, fauna and spectacular views along the Glass House Mountains - just go for a drive or stretch your legs with a bush walk. There are some great spots to stop for a picnic with a few small towns to stop for supplies beforehand.
Tangalooma Dolphin Resort and Moreton Bay Islands
Book a day trip with Tangalooma Dolphin Resort and they will ferry you from Pinkenba across to Moreton Island, a 75 minute trip across beautiful Moreton Bay.
At Tangalooma Dolphin Resort you can get up close and personal with Australia's marine wildlife this time. Feed a dolphin and try to spot a whale, dugong, sting ray, or green sea turtles - and check out the local bird life and other marine fish. There are many other options to enjoy a full day out as well with kayaking, snorkelling, 4WDs, tabogganing, helicopters, parasailing and more available for hire on the day.
You could also choose to have a day out island hopping on the ferries and visiting some of the many islands of Moreton Bay. Head back on the ferry in the evening and stop off for dinner in one of the suburbs north of Brisbane city centre - there are some fantastic local pubs around the area.
Alma Park Zoo
A chance to check out the local wildlife again and some more exotic animals from overseas at Alma Park Zoo in Dakabin, north of Brisbane. From local spiders, snakes, koalas, dingos, kangaroos and crocs to exotic monkeys, pandas, bears and more there are loads of animals to see and some you can even hand feed!
When you are done at the zoo head out to the coast for some food and a walk along the beach in Redcliffe. A great family friendly area with parks, cafes, calm sea and a nice quick coastal drive. Head back along the Houghton Highway bridge and spot a pelican, or many, sitting upon a lamp post above you.