A new “cage-free” wildlife experience is set to open in late 2018 in western Sydney. The private $36 million Sydney Zoo will feature 30 animal exhibits. Visitors can view the native and exotic species from elevated boardwalks. The zoo signifies another major trend happening across Australia: wildlife experiences “without walls”, offered in intimate, natural and wild settings.
At the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, an hour’s drive from Hobart, guests can experience animals (such as Tasmanian devils, golden possums, kangaroos and eastern quolls) in natural habitats in which barriers are removed or concealed.
New wildlife experiences in Australia can also be found at Wilsons Promontory, where Wildlife Coast Cruises has launched a new six-hour whale cruise departing from Port Welshpool. An additional cruiseexperience by award-winning operators Pennicott Wilderness Journeys will also commence tours to the area’s colony of Australian Fur Seals, in the second half of 2018.
Finally a new industry collective, Australian Wildlife Journeys has been created to offer a one-stop shop for visitors who want to see Australia’s extraordinary native animals in their natural habitat