Cairns or Palm Cove, Australia
you can't hold koalas in sydney area, so Cairns was great for this! absolutely loved seeing native animals, especially the cassowary! we thought a half day was plenty to see the zoo; definitely catch the bird show!
cutest little guys ever! sit at sunset bundled up in blankets and jackets and watch them waddle up on shore, exhausted from days of fishing and swimming. now my favorite animal in the world! easily worth the day trip from melbourne.