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Just off the plane from Los Angeles this week, Zach Braff discovered koalas are one of the worst things to see when you're jetlagged.

In Sydney to promote Oz the Great and Powerful, Braff spent a whirlwind few hours trying to cram as much sightseeing in as possible.

"We tried to do a half a day's worth of tourism real quick so we ran to the zoo and I saw a sleeping koala, which wasn't very helpful because I was trying to stay awake and they rushed me to watch three koalas fast asleep," he said.

"So I was like, 'Wow is there an extra tree, 'cause I would like to take a nap myself', and we went to Bondi and kind of ran around real quickly."

This marks Braff's first trip back to Australia since 2004, when he came to promote the indie flick Garden State, which he wrote, directed and starred in (he also won a Grammy for the movie's compilation soundtrack).

Braff, who become famous for his role on the TV series Scrubs as Dr John "JD" Dorian, said the support he had from Australian fans was tremendous.

"It's one of the reasons why I wanted to come down because Scrubs has just been huge here, and on Twitter and stuff I see people just being so supportive of me, so I really, I love the fans here," he said.

  • Oz the Great and Powerful releases in Australian cinemas on March 7