Nothing sells Australia more effectively than a cute koala or wayward wombat, and now Tourism Australia is making it easier for visitors to get up and close with native fauna. A dozen 'wildlife in the wild' encounters rated best in class have been brought under one umbrella known as the Australian Wildlife Collection. The independently-run experiences all have one thing in common: a commitment to conservation. Representing every state, the encounters allow visitors to interact with wildlife in their natural habitat, from swimming with whale sharks and humpbacks on Ningaloo Reef to photographing sea lions and kangaroos on Kangaroo Island. "For 38 per cent of travellers, world-class nature is the most important factor when choosing their holiday destination after safety and security, and value for money," said Tourism Australia's Managing Director. Find out more.