A recent Australian tourism survey nominated 'seeing and touching a koala' as one of the main attractions visitors from Japan, US and Europe have on their bucket list when they travelling down under. And who could blame them? With an iconic furry face, docile demeanor and cute black nose, the Koala is perhaps the most 'huggable' animal on the planet.
That said, Koalas are relatively difficult to spot in the wild and if you are hoping to steal a hug from one in the Outback, you may leave empty handed. However, thanks to a number of progressive conservation programs and zoos, the Koala population is rebounding.
Here are some of the best places to hang with a Koala in captivity in Australia: