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Leave busy Brisbane for a full-day tour to Australia Zoo and Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Have about four hours on your own at the Australia Zoo — made famous by Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and one of Queensland's top attractions. Afterward, continue to Montville for a stroll about town, then into Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve for an optional guided rain forest walk. Enjoy the fresh air of the mountains and learn about the plants of this subtropical zone before returning to Brisbane in the late afternoon.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour to Australia Zoo and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, from Brisbane
  • Spend four hours at the Australia Zoo, made famous by Steve Irwin, aka the Crocodile Hunter
  • Pat a koala, feed a kangaroo, watch a crocodile in action and observe animals from the African Savannah
  • Travel to the mountains of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
  • Stroll through the charming town of Montville and admire its architecture, shops and art galleries
  • Take a guided rain forest walk in Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
  • Soak up great views of the Glass House Mountains

What You Can Expect

Australia Zoo and Sunshine Coast Day Trip from Brisbane

Australia Zoo

Start your full-day tour with morning pickup in Brisbane by climate-controlled minivan. Travel about one hour north to reach the legendary Australia Zoo.

Disembark at the Australia Zoo and enjoy about four hours on your own. Animal handlers show animals at scheduled times, giving you the opportunity for an up-close encounter. Options for other encounters include the chance to hand-feed kangaroos, pat a koala, meet Outback stars like the dingo, wombat, lemur and tortoise, and watch a Birds of Prey show. Check the zoo's daily schedule for details.

Get a close look at Sumatran felines in the Tiger Temple, and see crocodiles emerge from clear water pools during the Crocoseum show. The exhibit 'Africa' features spacious plains modeled on the African Savannah, inhabited by rhinos, giraffes, cheetahs, zebras and other exotic animals.

After approximately four hours, meet your guide at the designated spot and reboard your coach. Drive for 30 minutes through the Sunshine Coast Hinterland where you find beautiful mountains and a cooler climate. Visit the town of Montville, which sits at 1,310 feet (400 meters) above sea level. Stroll through streets lined with art galleries, wineries, restaurants and eye-catching architecture. Have time to browse the boutiques for handmade cheese, candy and artisan goods.

Next, drive to nearby Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve for an optional walk with your guide through the rain forest. Admire the towering trees, abundant plant life and views of the Glass House Mountains and Coral Sea.

Return to your starting point in Brisbane in the early evening at the end of your 9-hour tour.

Customer Reviews

CHARLES S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

What a wonderful Zoo. Great rime.

Sue N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Absolutely fabulous!! John our driver and tour guide was brilliant. Shared so much local knowledge about Brisbane and also the Sunshine Coast.
Australia Zoo was great and we saw lots of the animals especially the younger ones very animated due to the light sprinkling of rain.
The highlight was the 16 week old tiger cub siblings and the 8 week old tiger cub and of course the young rhino.
Montville was as wonderful as I remember 15 years earlier but unfortunately could have had at least another hour there. Definitely a place you need more than time in - I suggest half a day minimum.
A must do tour with a very informative and helpful driver John.

Shamwari

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Good value tour, much info given by John our guide day packed at Australia Zoo and Hinterland,fully recommend

michael k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This tour to Australia zoo and sunshine coast was really truly GREAT! Tour guide *John peel * is the best tour guide I have ever had! ! I have done many tours! He was so kind, caring, knew so much about everything I was very impressed with John peel. I have fulfilled my life time dream...

Wendy H Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was a lovely trip a small group of 10, though only 4 of us went to the zoo. It is a zoo that you should all go to. It is clean everywhere and the care of the animals is above and beyond.
The trip into the mountains was beautiful the scenery wonderful and the walk through the rain forest a lovely end to our day before heading back to Brisbane

Min S

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

It was a wonderful day and we really enjoyed the trip to the zoo.

William M

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2016

clean, animals have good facilities

ronald e

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2015

wasn't there long enough picked up at 1.30 pm various shows start after v2 pm , they could have picked me up later on their way back from the country trip they were doing I don't take photo's.

Jeffrey C

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2016

Not value for money. Suggest - go by public transport and buy the 59 entry at the Zoo. Had to pay extra for hotel pick up and then extra to be picked up at the Zoo to rejoin our bus which had taken others to Noosa. Bus was uncomfortable with poor visibility especially at the back of the bus due to advertising.

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