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Petting Kangaroos and Cuddling Koalas: Just Another Day At Dreamworld

Nubby Twiglet | Dreamworld

It’s no secret that I love theme parks. I’ve been to Disneyland and Disney World a combined total of 8 times and I would go even more often if I could. So when Kat, Gala and I found out that we had Dreamworld passes waiting for us during our first day in Australia, I couldn’t wait to see what the place had in store.

Nubby Twiglet | Dreamworld

Located on the Gold Coast of Australia, Dreamworld can best be summed up as a cross between Disneyland and Six Flags with a heavy dose of wildlife thrown in the mix!

Nubby Twiglet | Dreamworld

Nubby Twiglet | Dreamworld

Nubby Twiglet | Dreamworld

Our first stop in Dreamworld was an area containing a pack of kangaroos. I was surprised that there were no barriers — we got to walk right up and pet them. I’d never met a kangaroo in real life and had assumed that they’d be aggressive but they were a surprisingly friendly bunch. Just based on the kangaroo meeting, I was already sold on the place. I really didn’t think it could get much better than that…

Nubby Twiglet | Dreamworld

But, it did. Our next stop included the famous koala cuddle. My face says it all — I was completely in love with Brandy from the first time I laid eyes on her!

Nubby Twiglet | Dreamworld

Nubby Twiglet | Dreamworld

Still a baby, once she was handed over, her little claw rested on my shoulder. If I could have stood there all day holding my new koala baby, I would have.

Nubby Twiglet | Dreamworld

After our soft and cuddly wildlife interactions, we were ready for some action — we started out small with some high-flying kid’s swings and built up our adrenaline from there.

Nubby Twiglet | Dreamworld

I’m honestly not a huge thrill-seeking junkie and some of these rides were intense! I stuck to a few of the smaller roller coasters but skipped most of the ones that included getting thrown upside-down. That didn’t stop Kat, though!

Nubby Twiglet | Dreamworld

The hangout area of Dreamworld reminded me a lot of Downtown Disney, just with bolder color schemes. I felt right at home in front of this modern house.

Nubby Twiglet | Dreamworld

Dreamworld seemed to have something for everyone — adults, kids and animal enthusiasts alike. It’s the only place I’ve ever been to where you can cuddle a koala and 10 minutes later, end up on the scariest roller coaster imaginable!


Special thanks to Tourism and Events Queensland for making this post possible.
All photos by Janneke Storm.