After arriving on Heron Island by seaplane, we grabbed a quick bite to eat and immediately went for a walk around the island. It’s such a tiny place you could easily do it in 20 minutes at a brisk pace. It was amazing to see absolutely no other signs of land from any point. Just in that short walk, we encountered sting rays, sharks, a couple sea turtles, and lots and lots of birds. If you’re afraid of birds even a little bit, this island would be your nightmare. The ocean views were just breathtaking! We spent a lot of time with our toes in the sand. Actually, it’s not even the type of sand we are used to on the beach! Heron Island is a coral cay. So that means the island is formed by tiny bits of crushed coral. Such an unique experience!
Hunter Valley Zoo is such a unique zoo!! It is privately owned and the owners sound like the nicest people ever. The cost of entry is totally reasonable and a lot of the fun extra activities are free. The owner believes that everyone should be able to experience the animals up close. So cool! You can even pat a wombat or koala at no cost! We missed the wombat one but I did get to pat a koala! Man, they are adorable! Of course feeding the kangaroos was a total blast! They even have a few albino kangaroos! I was really surprised how soft these little guys were! Of course, it was instant love for the little Joey in its mom’s pouch (photo above).
I also really love how open the animal enclosures are. You feel like you’re right up next to all the creatures. You can even get decently close to the alligators! I could have stayed here all day but we needed to get to the wine tasting portion of our road trip.
For a fun day experiencing Australian Wildlife up close and personal, definitely head to the Hunter Valley Zoo!