Let's face it. A visit to Australia isn't complete without feeding kangaroos and cuddling a koala. Well, you can do both at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary near Brisbane For me and my travel buddy this was the one and only reason to stop off in Brisbane. (Sorry, Brisbanians, but we only had 10 days to visit the whole of Australia.)
You can cuddle a koala any time of your visit and have your picture taken too. You do need to follow the guidelines of the keepers though, because giving hugs is hard work for the koalas. They don't like being up during the day, but in saying that, they sleep the better part of the night away as well. You hold both hands out at waist height and wait till the keeper places your koala on them. Your new friend will grip onto you like you're a tree. Their paws are very rough and their claws are incredibly sharp. So standing still like a tree is your best option to avoid slasher situations.
As cute as they are, they smell like hell. Apparently this musky smell is stronger on older males and it's urine, mixed with a smell that comes from a scent gland on their chest. Finished off with a hint of eucalyptus. It gets stronger during mating season so I guess it must work wonders on the koala ladies.