No trip to Australia is complete without a native wildlife experience. Discover five of the best nature-based activities to include in your
next incentive program in Australia.
FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF STEVE IRWIN
At Australia Zoo in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland,
the animal encounters come thick and fast. Steve
Irwin’s legacy lives on in this 100-acre park, which is
home to more than 1,200 animals. Today, Terry, Bindi
and Robert continue the conservation work of the
Crocodile Hunter with their menagerie of Australian
native animals, including wombats, koalas, crocodiles,
possums and echidnas. Groups of up to 10,000 people
can be accommodated in the park for gala events.
Hands-on experiences include kangaroo feeding,
breakfast with dingoes, and the chance to take a
wombat for a walk. Increase the feel-good factor by
volunteering at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
SWIM WITH DORY
Fancy snorkelling with Dory or chilling with Crush
the turtle? On the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland,
there’s no end to the aquatic adventures on offer.
Chartered day trips with eco-minded operators, such
as Sailaway Port Douglas, lead small-group tours to
secluded lagoons and reef-fringed isles within easy
reach of the mainland. Spend your day swimming
in the warm, clear waters; take a guided snorkelling
tour with a marine biologist; or view the underwater
scenes through a glass-bottomed boat. Be sure
to pack a waterproof camera so you can snap the
colourful corals, green and loggerhead turtles, and
vivid Blue Tangs of Dory fame.
CUDDLE A KOALA
There’s one photo that’s essential in every Australian
album: cuddling a koala. Lone Pine is Australia’s
largest koala sanctuary and it’s conveniently located
less than 30 minutes from the centre of Brisbane. The
sanctuary is home to over 130 koalas, as well as 150
free-ranging kangaroos and wallabies. Sign up for the
Koala Encounter to watch a koala health check, then
enter the enclosure for a cuddle and your close-up.
Exclusive small-group sessions cater for up to six
people at a time, ensuring everyone gets a chance
to interact with these furry creatures. If you want to
add extra thrills to your Lone Pine experience, enquire
about having your photo snapped with a giant bird of
prey, lizard or snake.
SAY HELLO TO SEA-LIONS AND PENGUINS
Overlooking Sydney Harbour at Mosman, Taronga
Zoo plays host to one of the country’s rarest and most
endangered seal species, the Australian sea-lion.
Watch these graceful ‘ballerinas of the sea’ from
the underwater viewing gallery. Other highlights
in Taronga Zoo’s Great Southern Oceans precinct
include the Penguin Encounter, an intimate tour that
allows groups of four to hand-feed Little Penguins,
the world’s smallest penguin species.
TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
For the quintessential Australian bush experience,
book a stay at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley.
Set within the rugged landscape of the Greater
Blue Mountains, a three-hour drive from Sydney,
Wolgan Valley teams wildlife thrills with luxurious
accommodation and fine food and wine. After a day
spent horse riding or taking a guided nature walk,
treat your team to the Wildlife and Sundowners Tour,
a two-hour tour for up to 40 guests that takes in
kangaroos, wallaroos and wombats when they are at
their most active. Conservation activities are also on
offer, including the Wombat Warrior program, which
tracks wombat movements and habitats throughout
7000-acre Wolgan Valley reserve. If you’re lucky, you
may even spot a rare albino wallaby.
For more program ideas visit
Paul M Griffin (based in Boston)
Business Events Manager, Americas
T: + 1 857 210 3725
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