2BFBBX3 Koala, (Phascolarctos cinereus) in Koala Park Sanctuary Sydney ,NSW Australia

Minas Keukazian/Alamy

This suburban park is a little unkempt but allows you to get to know some native animals. Petting and feeding kangaroos and wallabies is a highlight, as are the koalas, which you get introduced to and can pat.

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