It wouldn't be a visit to Queensland without a snuggle with one of its cutest and most iconic inhabitants - the koala!
Koalas in captivity follow very strict time guidelines when it comes to snuggling with tourists, so don't expect a lengthy cuddle session - about 10-30 seconds is the norm. That's just long enough to feel the weight of this fuzzy baby, take note of its coarse fur and the faint smell of cough drops, caused by the koala diet of eucalyptus leaves. After a few cuddles, the koala will head back to its habitat for up to 20 hours of sleep each day, due mostly to its very low protein diet.
There are several places in and around Cairns to get your koala on - the Cairns Tropical Zoo, Kuranda Koala Gardens, the Cairns Wildlife Dome and the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas. Be sure to check animal interaction schedules before your visit so you don't miss out, as the critters follow very strict regimes in order to protect them and keep them healthy!