Wading into the blue clear waters off Moreton Island, arm stretched out with fish in hand as a dolphin swims towards you to thankfully receive this tasty gift has to be one of those never-forget moments. Dolphin-feeding is only one of the wildlife encounters to be had in the Moreton Bay Marine Park. The Pumicestone Passage at Bribie Island is a haven for dugongs, dolphins and over 300 bird species. On the Headland Walk on North Stradbroke Island manta-rays and turtles can be spotted casually swimming in the waters around the gorge, these majestic creatures are also frequent visitors to the dive sites in the area. Whales can also be spotted throughout the bay during their annual migration from June to November.
Brisbane is home to the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary has cuddling koalas, kangaroos that you can hand-feed and other furry and not so furry friends. Alma Park Zoo showcases more exotic animals from around the world, like the super-cute Red Pandas, Lemurs and Asian Sun Bears.
Brisbane is surrounded by National Parks. Of particularly note are the rainforests of the Scenic Rim region including Lamington, Springbrook, Mt Barney and Main Range National Parks are included in the Gondwana Rainforest World Heritage Area and contain spectacular scenery and lookouts.