Brisbane is fortunate enough to have several great zoos for families within easy driving distance. From world-famous, expansive parks like Australia Zoo, to local favourites such as Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, our South-East Queensland zoos provide an entertaining and educational day out for all ages. Check out these Brisbane Zoo options, or read on for details of the biggest and most popular nearby zoos.

Zoos in Brisbane for families

australia zoo

Australia Zoo, Beerwah

Seventy acres of tropical parkland and more than one thousand native and exotic animals makes Australia Zoo an awesome place to visit with your Brisbane Kids. From humble beginnings in the 1990s, the Irwin family have worked hard to make Australia Zoo a world class conservation facility and tourist attraction. With so much on offer to see and do, it can be a little overwhelming, so we’ve put together some tips to help you make the most of your next family trip in this Australia Zoo review. You might also like to check out these Top 16 Most Amazing and Unusual Animals at Australia Zoo.

Darling Downs Zoo

Darling Downs Zoo, Pilton

With an assortment of animals including a pride of African lions, a white lion, tigers, lots of birds, snakes, marmosets, various monkeys, alligators and crocodiles, deer, ostriches, and camels, as well as the Aussie contingent of koalas, kangaroos, emus, wombats etc, Darling Downs Zoo has lots for the kids to see. The zoo itself is not huge, which makes it perfect if you have small children that get tired and bored after a couple of hours. Read our complete Darling Downs Zoo review.


Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Fig Tree Pocket

Lone Pine Sanctuary, located in Brisbane’s South-West is the ultimate in animal fun for Brisbane Kids. Boasting the largest koala sanctuary in the world, they were also the first to establish such an environment and have around 130 koalas. They have a strong belief in the protection and the importance of the natural flora and fauna in Australia with their tagline being ‘The earth is not only for humans’. Read our complete Lone Pine sanctuary review.

Koalas in tree

Queensland Zoo, Woombye

The Sunshine Coast’s biggest tropical landmark has undergone some changes. Whilst the original Big Pineapple that we know and love is still a big drawcard enticing hundreds of visitors every week to pose for that iconic photo, other exciting attractions have been added to the grounds. Families can now extend their visit to Nambour, with the recently established Queensland Zoo that features lots of Australian animals and other species from all over the world in up-close enclosures, as well as roaming free within the zoo grounds. Read our full Queensland Zoo review.

Sea Life Aquarium Sunshine Coast

Sea Life Aquarium, Mooloolaba

If your kids love the ocean and sea animals then it is worth the drive to Mooloolaba to visit Sea Life Sunshine Coast. Full of hands-on experiences, display and shows, Sea Life allows the whole family to get up close and personal with the animals in a way that would not be possible, unless you were actually scuba diving in the ocean! At an additional cost, Sea Life offers a range of once in a lifetime experiences with the animals. Behind the scene tours, shark diving and snorkeling, an ocean rangers program, and ‘sleep under the sea’ are just some of the experiences on offer. Sea Life also host birthday parties should you be looking for a unique venue for your Brisbane Kids next birthday party. Read our full Sea Life Aquarium Sunshine Coast review.

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