John: our favourite Australian animals

blog3eHello everyone,

Australia has unique wildlife that aren’t found anywhere else in the world.

This year I was fortunate to have visited Billabong Sanctuary, located 17 km just south of Townsville. The trip was part of our Introductory Academic Program (IAP) for all International Australia Awards scholars.

It was really a lifetime experience for most of us as international students. For the very first time, we could see for ourselves, take photos and even had the opportunity to handle our favourite Australian animals.


We saw the famous koalas and even got to pat one. We also tickled a wombats toes, fed kangaroos and hold a baby crocodile. Those who were brave got the chance to wrap themselves in a friendly snake. We also saw dingoes and visited two emus. Oh and we also saw the rangers feeding two large crocodiles.

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We then visited the souvenir shop and bought souvenirs such as t shirts, caps, bags, and many more.

Their entry price is $32 for adults and $27 for students. They also charge $16 for getting your photo taken with an animal, $25 for 2 photos (2 different animals) and $33 for three animals (3 different animals).

For those who are enjoy bird watching, the wildlife or just need to relax after a stressful week, I would recommend you visit Billabong Sanctuary.

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