Where can I Hold Koala Bears and Take Pictures?
Holding Koala At Currumbin
Where can i hold koala bears and take pictures?
Also what about touching a kangaroo and have photos taken?
Is it cheaper to rent a car via internet of just hire a car when I reach coolangatta airport?
This is my first visit to australia. Thank you for assisting me
There are a few places on the Gold Coast where you can hold a koala and have photos taken. All are structured and charge a fee for holding a koala and having a photo taken.
There are strict requirements so that the koalas are not stressed out. For example the koalas are only allowed to be held for no more than 30 minutes per day. The keepers make sure that they are not stressed and do not spend a second longer than they are allowed. So you have to be calm and relaxed and if this happens part way through your session, you have to accept it whilst they bring in a new koala.
The two main places on the Gold Coast where I recommend having your photo taken with a koala are: Dreamworld attractions
called Australian Wildlife Experience and the other is Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Personally, I would pick Currumbin because you get the best of both worlds, you can cuddle a koala and feed kangaroos. With the kangaroos you can actually feed, pat and touch kangaroos and take your own photos.Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
is about 5 minutes drive from Coolangatta airport and about 25 to 30 minutes by car from Surfers Paradise
It is a great day out, you can watch the bird feeding, there are lots of shows that highlight other animals and you can get photo taken with those animals after the show. You can see lots of other Australian native animals.
There are various feeding sessions during the day. Once my daughters got to feed crickets to the freshwater crocodiles!
I would not take my chances of picking up a car at the airport when you arrive. If they actually have a car, you may have to pay a premium. My personal recommendations is to check out a car hire comparison tool
I use this myself when I travel or hire a car here. Sometimes you can get a good deal from the airport other times you might get a better deal at Surfers Paradise. The advantage of picking up at the airport if you can is that you then don't have additional fees for transfers to your accommodation.
If you are not sure of the area, I recommend you get a GPS for the car when you hire it as it can really save a lot of bother with trying to have a passenger map read for you in a strange place!
I always book my cars before I arrive somewhere, because you can lock in the price and you know you have transport.
A car is really useful on a short trip when you are trying to fit lots of things in, it gives you flexibility. There is free parking across the road from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and also at Dreamworld if you choose to go there.
I hope that gives you some ideas, if you have any more questions or want any more suggestions please leave a comment below or use the contact form
to contact me directly.
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