Where Next Australia: Busy Brissie Day Trips Part 1
Brisbane and the Gold Coast provide a lot of choice for travellers to spend their time and money. There are numerous theme parks, beaches, shopping, cafes and restaurants, and casinos. But what about the smaller, cheaper spots, that might be less glamorous, but still make for a good day out?
For those who like animals, or have an international friend to show around, Alma Park Zoo, is inexpensive, family-friendly, and less crowded than the larger, more famous, Irwin owned Australia Zoo. For $37 visitors can enjoy a mixture of native and foreign fauna, and for a little extra, a bag of nibbles to toss at them, particularly to the eager goats, alpacas and sheep in the farm petting area.
We saw unusually active koalas and Tasmanian Devils. Tassie Devils are nocturnal, catching one awake is very rare. They are, unfortunately, less cute than other marsupials and while I tried to convince my Japanese friend to COME HERE AND TAKE PHOTOS, she was more interested in the wallabies.
The zoo held a few shows during the day, where visitors got to touch and hold snakes and koalas. For a $15 ticket purchased from the canteen, my friend was able to hold a koala, have her picture taken and take home a good sized print-out. The staff were pleasant, informative and open to having a chat about the animals after their shows. Even a downpour in the afternoon didn’t kill the good mood, as those without umbrellas waited patiently in the restaurant area for the rain to stop.
Alma Park Zoo is opened 9am – 4pm every day of the year except Christmas Day. They often do discounts, so check their website. They provide detailed information on how to access their zoo, recommending driving as the easiest option, though it is possible to walk 2 kms from the nearest train station.