Aside from the wallabies or kangaroos you might see while hiking or driving, the best way to see animals in Australia is at spots like spectacular Shoalhaven Zoo. Set outside the town of Nowra on the coast of New South Wales, this 16-acre wildlife facility has 100 species of exotic animals in a native bushland setting. Here you’ll find dingoes, koalas, wallabies, tortoises, pythons, and llamas, as well as Capuchin and Marmoset monkeys and lazy but fearsome crocodiles. Watch as zookeepers hand feed the crocs or play with the cuddly koalas, and hear educational lectures from zookeepers on all the various wildlife. If traveling with children, listen as they try to imitate a kookaburra or laugh at the blue faced cassowary, or take the whole family on a rainforest adventure as you navigate the caves, bridges, and ladders of the aptly named Adventure Walk. There’s also a campground located on site if you’d like to stay overnight, and possibly fall asleep to the sounds of exotic animals in the distance.
Daily animal shows take place between 11am-3pm, and visitors should allow at least 2 hours to properly experience the zoo. For additional fees, partake in experiences like Monkey Madness where you hand feed Marmoset monkeys, or the Ultimate Keeper where you accompany a zookeeper feeding animals for nearly 2 hours.