Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published August 11th 2012
Update April 25th 2016
Please note this venue is permanently closed
Alma Park Zoo, located in South East Queensland, is home to many different species of animals; native and exotic. Drive in, buy your passes and some feed bags for the animals, park in the internal car park (so you can go back to your car throughout the day if you need to) then enter under the lush, leafy-green rainforest environment – and your adventure begins.
After you purchase your day pass ($37 for adults, $27 for children, $29 for pensioners and students and toddlers under 3 years free of charge), you'll be given a map of the zoo to help you navigate and plan your whereabouts for the day. This is useful because the zoo is bigger than it looks and hosts keeper talks and presentations, photo opportunities and also VIP animal experiences which you may want to attend or be a part of.
Alma Park Zoo
There are four VIP animal experiences available at Alma Park Zoo. You can choose to spend time with either: Marmosets, Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Red Pandas or Eastern Quolls. These 'experiences' enable you to feed and interact with these beautiful animals inside their enclosures with the guidance and support of their keepers. It is highly recommended that you pre-book your chosen experience before your visit to save missing out. Tickets for these can be posted out or held until your arrival.
The VIP experience with the marmosets, lemurs and pandas costs $75 per person with a maximum of between two and four people per day. The Eastern Quoll experience costs $40 with a maximum of two people in the enclosure at any one time. These experiences are available all year round, apart from June-September when the Eastern Quoll becomes unavailable due to breeding season.
If you feel that these animal experiences may be a little out of your price range, you can opt to have your photo taken with a koala, snake or crocodilian. These photo opportunities are available at 12pm and again at 2:30pm for the koalas. This experience is free of charge and entitles you to take home a free photograph with one of the cuddly animals.
When navigating the zoo, you will notice that peacocks are everywhere. Walking along the pathways – sitting in every other animals' enclosure – you can get pretty close to these beauties but not near enough to touch. Just be content taking happy snaps and watching them go by. Oh, and refrain your kiddies from chasing them, I don't think they take too kindly to that.
As well as the vibrant peacocks, other animals available at Alma Park Zoo are the native Koalas, Kangaroos, Wallabies, Emus, Tasmanian Devils and Echidnas. You can take your pick from a large range of the Baboon and Monkey families, pat and feed Sheep, Alpacas, Llamas and Cows and be mesmerised by the Snakes, Lizards, Spiders and Frogs in the Reptile and Amphibian sections – and there's more.
Alma Park Zoo: the Red Panda brothers Nima and Dawa
Alma Park Zoo features a café and first aid centre, water taps, four toilet blocks (two specifically for the use of the disabled), BBQ picnic facilities and picnic areas. There are also two large car parks situated on the grounds for ease of access and a large 'Presentation Park' to interact with keepers and animals. With all of this, why wouldn't you head on down to visit the Alma Park Zoo?
If you're not yet convinced, or would like further information, hit up the Alma Park Zoo website here, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them on: (07) 3204 6566.