Animal experiences for kids these school holidays

Get your kids off screens during the holidays with these animal experiences.

Queensland is home to some of the best animal experiences in the country. While your kids may rejoice at being able to play their video games all day, getting them outside to see wildlife is a great way for them to experience all that nature has to offer. Here are our picks for the best animal experiences to do these school holidays.

Lyell Deer Sanctuary, Mount Samson

The Lyell Deer Sanctuary is, yep you guessed it, home to a lot of deer. Operating for more than 30 years, the sanctuary gives visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with these gracious creatures. This sanctuary is open Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm. 

Cairns Aquarium 

The Cairns Aquarium is situated near the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, so there’s no surprise that it is stocked with some of the most beautiful creatures in the ocean. In fact, 16,000 of them. This fish frenzy is open 365 days a year and offers one of the best experiences for kids. There are plenty of shows and exhibits to check out, giving your children an opportunity to learn all there is to know about what lies beneath the surface of the sea. 

Bird feeding at the Bunya Mountains 

Get up close and personal with the king parrots and crimson rosellas in the Bunya Mountains National Park these school holidays. These gorgeous flying flecks of colour will appear out of the trees at the sight of bird feed (just $5 a tray). Here you can get a closer look at these magnificent birds and their vibrant colours. When you’re finished, do a local bush walk to stretch the legs.

The Llama Farm, Ipswich

The kids will absolutely love the llamas in Ipswich. A herd of 75 llamas live at the farm, where the owners give guided tours. There are no set opening times. Instead, the farm opens by appointment only. If that’s not enough for the kids, perhaps an abundance of miniature ponies, donkeys, turkeys and peacocks will add some extra value to the day. A must-do experience if you live anywhere near Ipswich. 

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary 

Lone Pine is Brisbane’s home of the koala – 130 of them, in fact. But don’t stress if the kids get bored looking at koalas all day because the kangaroo feeding is one of the most popular attractions at the sanctuary. This is one of the only places you can interact with both koalas and kangaroos so definitely make the most of it. The location has been operating since 1927. 

Find more information on RACQ member discounts at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary here

Sea World, Gold Coast 

Sea World is a great day out for the family. The real highlights are the dolphin and seal show, the exhilarating Storm Coaster, watching the polar bears swim and riding the Jet Rescue Rollercoaster. There will no doubt be something for everyone. If not, you can check out the other fantastic theme parks on the Gold Coast such as Wet ‘n’ Wild, Dreamworld and Movie World. 

Find more RACQ member exclusive discounts for Village Roadshow theme parks here

Dolphin feeding, Tangalooma 

What better place to get up close with dolphins than the picturesque blue waters of Tangalooma, just a short ferry ride from Brisbane. Every day at sunset, the magnificent bottlenose dolphins come to feed in the shallow waters near the resort, giving a handful of lucky people the opportunity to give the creatures a feed of fish. This is most likely the closest you will ever come to these dolphins so make the trip out to Tangalooma and give your kids the experience of a lifetime. 

Find more RACQ member exclusive discounts for Tangalooma Island at 

All information is correct at time of publishing. Please check venue websites for updates prior to visiting.