Kids will love this delightful little corner of Australia, where – amid Aussie vegetation – they can pet and feed friendly, free-range kangaroos. Another hit: in the aviary (open for 20 or 30 minutes every hour or two) they can feed apple slivers to colorful lorikeets and cockatiels; ever resourceful, the birds have developed a habit of hopping onto people’s shirts and licking their neck sweat for its salt content. Map.
Opened in 1996, this fully accredited zoo (04-648 8060; http://www.nirtours.co.il /Gan_Garoo; Rte 669, Kibbutz Nir David; adult/child under 2yr 46NIS/free; 9am-4pm Sun-Thu, to 3pm Fri, to 5pm Sat Sep-Jun, 9am-8pm Sat-Thu, to 3pm Fri Jul & Aug), run by Kibbutz Nir David, is also home to cassowaries, emus, flying foxes and Israel’s only koalas.
Situated 6.5km west of Beit She’an, next to Sachne (Gan HaShlosha) National Park.
Kibbutz Heftzibah is 8km west of Beit She’an along Rte 669. Kavim bus 412 (at least hourly except Friday night and during the day Saturday) goes both to Afula (17 minutes) and to Beit She’an (12 minutes). Map.