Family Friendly Wildlife Experiences in Brisbane


Brisbane has many great places to take your kids to spot wildlife. Throughout our 25 years of being Brisbane’s expert team for possum removal and pest control, we have always loved the wildlife that doesn’t require us to remove them from unwanted habitats! Here are the top five wildlife locations & experiences as voted by the Peter the Possum Man team.

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1)            Koalas – Daisy Hill Koala Centre, Daisy Hill Road, Daisy Hill

Start by exploring the Koala Centre where you can see the resident koalas in a large outdoor koala enclosure. (Entry is free) You can then take one of the walks through the Daisy Hill Conservation Park to see if you can spot some of the many native koalas in the wild.

2)            Platypus – Walkabout Creek, Brisbane Forest Park, 60 Mt Nebo Road, The Gap

The wildlife centre at Walkabout Creek is one of the few places exhibiting the elusive platypus along with a range of other native animals and reptiles. The centre has daily native animal feeding and Ranger talks along with educational exhibits.

3)            Kangaroos – Pooh Corner, between Wacol Station Road and the Ipswich railway in Wacol.

Large numbers of wild kangaroos live in the area of bushland known as Pooh Corner in Wacol. The best times to see them are dawn and dusk, but be careful when driving the roads in the area as kangaroos are not all that road savvy and tend to cross the road without looking.

4)            Fruit Bats – Brisbane River

You never forget seeing your first fruit bat fly out at dusk. Batty Boat Cruises run by Wildlife Queensland run safe and highly educational cruises up the Brisbane River over the summer months. The best part of the cruises is meeting orphaned baby fruit bats and their carers on-board, and removing some of the fear around these beautiful creatures.  See their website:

You can also see colonies fly out from Sparkes Hill Reservoir and Enoggera Creek

5)            Dolphins – Tangalooma

Tangalooma Island resort is one of only a handful of places in the world where you can hand feed wild dolphins. The educational centre and Ranger talks are worth a visit.

Other favourites:

For turtles, check out Sandgate Einbunpin Lagoon from the bridge over the pond near the Sandgate library. Dugongs & Green Sea Turtles – take one of the Marine Discovery cruises from Tangalooma. Whale watching – pick up one of the many day tours out into Moreton Bay during whale watching season.