Below is a list of the top and leading Aquariums/Zoos in Brisbane. To help you find the best Aquariums/Zoos located near you in Brisbane, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Brisbane’s Best Aquariums/Zoos:
The top rated Aquariums/Zoos in Brisbane are:
- SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium
- Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
- Australia Zoo
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SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium
SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium is a marine mammal park, oceanarium and wildlife sanctuary. Sea Life Sunshine Coast is an institutional member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA). The attraction is a Sea Life Centre owned by Merlin Entertainments, and is globally referred to as Sea Life Sunshine Coast by the firm. It was formerly known as UnderWater World.
General Admission, Behind the Scenes Tour, Seal Encounter, Seal Swim Experience, Kids Birthday Party Booking
“A wonderful place to experience the sea life. The seal show is a must see! All the animals look well cared for and there are plenty of tours and feeding shows throughout the day. You can leave and come back in the same day. Across from Sea Life there are ample places to eat including gourmet burgers,fish and chips, cafes, Mexican and hogs breath. There is also a lolly store and an ice cream store. It’s a beautiful place to visit.” – Sarah Boxall
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a heritage-listed zoological garden. It was built in 1947 onwards. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 18 September 2009. The sanctuary is world-renowned for its feeding of huge flocks of free-flying wild rainbow lorikeets, which come to the sanctuary to feast off the special mixture which the lorikeets eat.
The multitude of events, shows and attractions include dingo encounters, free flight bird shows and feeding of the park’s massive saltwater crocodile. The park also contains a serious aspect of its work and exhibits, and behind the scenes includes a state-of-the-art veterinary and rehabilitation hospital.
The sanctuary was opened as the Currumbin Bird Sanctuary by Alex Griffiths in 1947 as a scheme to stop the local lorikeet population destroying his flower plantations. The lorikeets still flock to the sanctuary twice daily to be fed by visitors. The sanctuary now houses one of the largest collections of Australian native species in the world. Exhibits include Tasmanian devils, a reptile house and in December 2017 the sanctuary opened their new exotics precinct Lost Valley which is home to lemurs, red pandas, capybara, cotton-top tamarins, tree kangaroos and one of largest walk-through aviary in the Southern Hemisphere with free flying birds. The sanctuary also has a miniature railway that has been operating since 1964. In May 2011, the hospital has appealed for donations and government support as it faces a funding shortage that may force it to turn away injured wildlife.
WildSkies – Free Flight Bird Show, Lorikeet Feeding, Blinky Bill’s Studio Adventure, Big Fang Theory, Australiana Show, Crocodile Behaviours Show, Aboriginal Dance Show, Koala Experience, Koala Photo, Koala Nursery Experience, Capybara Encounter, Cotton-top Tamarin Encounter, Dingo Encounter, Echidna Encounter, Possum Encounter, Dingo Walk, Behind the Scenes Tour, Bird Training Experience, Segway Safari, TreeTop Challenge, Wildlife Hospital Tour, Other Animals Encounter
“The facilities used to let Currumbin down. They have been improved vastly. The animals have always been wonderful and the train for the grandchildren is joyous. Costing is most reasonable especially if you take up yearly concessions which we have done for the last 5 years. We love the place where we can come together as family and create wonderful memories.” – Robyn Dale
Australia Zoo is a 1,000-acre zoo. It is a member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA), and is owned by Terri Irwin, the widow of Steve Irwin, whose wildlife documentary series The Crocodile Hunter made the zoo a popular tourist attraction. The zoo is run by Director Wes Mannion.
Australia Zoo was opened by Bob and Lyn Irwin on 3 June 1970 under the name Beerwah Reptile and Fauna Park. Their son Steve had helped his parents since childhood to care for crocodiles and reptiles and to maintain the growing number of animals in the zoo. In 1982 the park was renamed the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park and the area was doubled with the purchase of another 4 acres. Steve and Terri changed the name of their now growing wildlife park to Australia Zoo. As filming generated extra funds, Steve and Terri put all money raised from filming and merchandise into conservation and building new exhibits.
Australia Zoo won the Australian Tourism Awards for 2003–2004 in the category Major Tourist Attraction. In 2004, the Australian Animal Hospital was opened next to the zoo to help with animal care and rehabilitation. More recently, the zoo was a finalist in two categories for the 2010 Queensland Tourism Awards. Visitors will see a wide variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles, and can view crocodile feedings, hand-feed elephants, and have hands-on animal encounters.
Platinum Zoo Adventure, Exhibits (Africa, The Crocoseum, Tiger Temple, Elephantasia,The Laughing Frog Lolly Shop and Water Park), Animal Encounters, Zoo Tours, Feed the Animals, Wildlife Photos, Wildlife Shows, Roving Wildlife
“One of the best kept Zoos I have visited over the years. They keep the Zoo very clean and tidy all the time. Very good staff and they always greet you with a smile. Worth every penny. Best part is all animals are housed in clean and tidy enclosures. All of the animals had fresh water and plenty of room to roam around … Top job.” – Muthindra Gunasekara
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