Koala Park Sanctuary Near Sydney, Australia

Lazy koala hanging around in tree

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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.

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Koala at the Koala Park Sanctuary near Sydney, Australia

Koala at the Koala Park Sanctuary near Sydney, Australia
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 Koalas look like miniature bears but are not in the bear family of animals. 

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Koala Taking a Nap

Koala at the Koala Park Sanctuary near Sydney, Australia
Linda Garrison

Weird place for a nap, but this koala looks very comfortable. 

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Koala Hanging Out

Koala at the Koala Park Sanctuary near Sydney, Australia
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Koalas look very cuddly, but they have big claws. 

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Emu at the Koala Park Sanctuary

Emu at the Koala Park Sanctuary near Sydney, Australia
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Emus are not ostriches, but they certainly look similar!

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Kangaroo at the Koala Park Sanctuary

Kangaroo at the Koala Park Sanctuary near Sydney, Australia
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Every visitor to Australia wants to see a kangaroo and you will certainly see them at the Sanctuary.

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Peacock at the Koala Park Sanctuary

Peacock at the Koala Park Sanctuary near Sydney, Australia
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Penguin at the Koala Park Sanctuary

Penguin at the Koala Park Sanctuary near Sydney, Australia
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Some people do not realize that Australia has penguins! They can be found in South Australia near Melbourne and on Macquarie Island.

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Red-Necked Wallaby at the Koala Park Sanctuary

Red-Necked Wallaby at the Koala Park Sanctuary near Sydney, Australia
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Wallaby Sitting on Tail at the Koala Park Sanctuary

Wallaby Sitting on Tail at the Koala Park Sanctuary near Sydney, Australia
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