Seeing koalas and other unique wildlife of Australia is high on every visitor's list of things to do on this fascinating continent. However, oftentimes cruise passengers only have a day or two to see as many sights as possible. Going into the outback or elsewhere in Australia, with the hope of seeing several animal species is just not realistic.
Those wishing to get an up-close look at several species of Australian wildlife should seek out the Koala Park Sanctuary near Sydney. This park was opened in October 1930 by the founder Noel Burnet and is still run by his family. The park has several varieties of Australian wildlife, and visitors are allowed to pet koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, and wombats.
Anyone who really wants to see exotic Australian wildlife should plan a cruise to Macquarie Island, one of the sub-Antarctic islands and home of wild penguins and elephant seals. It's a UNESCO World Heritage site and the number of visitors is limited, but everyone who loves wildlife and has the opportunity to visit Macquarie should seize the chance.
Koala at the Koala Park Sanctuary near Sydney, Australia
Koalas look like miniature bears but are not in the bear family of animals.
Kangaroo at the Koala Park Sanctuary
Every visitor to Australia wants to see a kangaroo and you will certainly see them at the Sanctuary.
Penguin at the Koala Park Sanctuary
Some people do not realize that Australia has penguins! They can be found in South Australia near Melbourne and on Macquarie Island.