I had heard of koalas, pandas and bears while growing up. I find them super cute just like others. And I think I also had a stuffed toy which looked similar to a koala. When I was migrating from India to Australia, cuddling a koala was definitely a must to-do in my list. I came up close to a koala in Taronga Zoo in Sydney.
Note: Most zoos in and around Sydney do not allow the cuddling of koala except the Featherdale Wildlife Park. The nearest train station for Featherdale is Blacktown. And there are buses between Blacktown and Featherdale Wildlife Park.