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Alma Park Zoo: A Wildlife Experience!
When it comes to an ideal family destination, that is value for money but still fun for the whole family, you really cannot go wrong with Alma Park Zoo. Positioned just off the Bruce Highway, about half an hour north of Queensland's capital, Brisbane, the park is easy to find and quick to get to with car rental Brisbane. It is a great way to experience nature and wildlife in a safe and protected environment, while still feeling like you are in the middle of the bush.

Alma Park Zoo was first established in 1969 as a native animal sanctuary. Several exotic animals arrived in 1973, which led to to becoming registered as an Australian zoo. It has now achieved status as one of Queensland's most popular tourist destinations. Differing owners have meant that the park has enjoyed fresh ideas and redevelopments, which have essentially improved the quality of the park and most importantly, the living conditions for the animals.

Nestled on 40 acres, a lot of the park is actually centred around rainforest canopies. This gives the zoo a very tropical feel, which contrasts nicely with the many exotic animals wondering its grounds. The award winning palm gardens create a talking point and provide ample shade for the animals nuzzled amongst them.

A day spent at Alma Park Zoo will be one filled with fresh and unique experiences, and full of opportunities to interacts with the many unique animals here. Watch one of the frequent presentations given by the zoo keepers and your mind will be opened to a whole wealth of interesting facts about the animals. This is also a perfect way to get up close to the animals and to touch and hand feed certain species of koalas, snakes, crocodiles and kangaroos.

The baby alpacas, triplet marmosets and the latest addition, Lemur Island will be the highlights of your day here. Lemur Island is a one-of-a-kind exhibit as it is a sanctuary solely dedicated to these elegant and entertaining animals. Visitors can visit the island and watch the lemur's sunbathe and socialise with each other. A truly wonderful experience!

All the excitement of the zoo is pretty much guaranteed to make you hungry, so visit either the friendly Palm Cafe and enjoy being waited on, amongst the midst of the shady palms, or bring along a picnic lunch for the whole family to enjoy. BBQ facilities are available if the traditional Aussie Barbie is preferred, and while enjoying your snags, you can enjoy your tranqui,l tropical garden settings in peace.

To work off that lunch, take the kids for a stroll down to the Friendship Farm. This exhibit is home to cows, sheep, alpaca, baby chickens, guinea pigs and goats. As you wander further around the park you will also discover the monkeys, camels, water buffalos, wombats, echidnas and exotic birdlife. Everyone is sure to find a favourite because there is something unique and interesting for all.

Alma Park Zoo is a great place to visit for the day and its affordable price means that you really have no excuse. Its location is idyllic for Brisbane and Sunshine Coast locals, and even if you are not from around here, it is definitely worth the trip. The park offers incredibly unique experiences, with opportunities that are rare to find outside Australia; the ultimate wildlife experience!

Christine Barton

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