Best places to see Australian animals

Travelling to the land of Kangaroos, or is it Koalas? Crocodiles, perhaps? Well, it’s all of them and more, for Australia is a diversity paradise. Here’s a list of the Australian animals and where to see them.

 

When planning a trip to the Southern hemisphere, one can’t help but wonder what kind of exotic novelties one will meet. Besides the fascinating landscapes and vibrant cities, Australia is home to many unique animals. The marsupials, of course, have a special place in everyone’s heart, but we challenge you to go on an exciting quest for other native species.

Kangaroo

The most iconic of them all has to be the Roo, easily spotted on the Australian countryside. If you’ve been dreaming of seeing Kangaroos during your trip, it will blow your mind to know you can hang around with them. Make your way to the open grasslands of Wilsons Promontory Park, VIC or Murramarang National Park, NSW. There you’ll walk among them, while they go about their business with little ones in their pouches.

If you’re all the way on Western Australia, pack your swimsuit cause you’re going to Lucky Bay, Esperance. It seems like the Roos can’t resist the pristine beaches either, where they hop around and lay under the sun.

Best places to see Australian animals
Lucky Bay, WA Copyright: Sean Scott Photography

 

Koala

Experts on slow living, Koalas are mostly found snoozing on a tree branch. They love the eucalyptus leaves and can be spotted on the coastal areas of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia, where the tree is more abundant. Keep an attentive eye out on those beautiful coastal trails, as they are not so easy to spot. Noosa Headlands National Park in Queensland and Kangaroo Island, SA are good bets.

If you want to be on the safe side, head out to one of the sanctuaries, usually located near the cities. Visit the Healesville Sanctuary in Melbourne or, if you are a travel agent, book a tour with us to see the Australian animals in their habitat.

Where to see Australian Animals
Koala at Kangaroo Island Copyright: Tourism Australia

 

Wombat

This fluffy ball of fur is a cousin to the Koala, which may explain its equally slow metabolism. While also solitary, they prefer the darkness of burrows to tall trees. Curiously enough, their pouches are backwards to avoid dirt coming in while digging. They usually choose dry areas to build their homes in, such as grasslands or open woodland.

See them just outside of Sydney, at the Blue Mountains National Park. If you have more time, visit the wonderful Wilsons Promontory in Victoria, keeping an eye out for other Australian animals in the wilderness. Headed to Tasmania? Go on a relaxing hike at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and get your camera wombat-ready.

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Maria Island Walk / Great Walks of Australia Copyright: Tourism Australia

 

Emu

A star of aboriginal Dreamtime stories and present at the Australian coat of arms, the Emu is nothing less than an icon around here.

The native giant bird looks like an ostrich, with its powerful legs and long neck. It is smart too, being able to act strategically against predators within the flock. Have a look at the 5 facts you didn’t know about Australian History and you’ll see what we mean. Once considered a plague, these wild animals are easy to see in the Australian bush all around the country. If you don’t want to take any risks, visit the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve on the south of Victoria state.

Where to see Australian Animals
Copyright: Wild Bush Luxury / Great Walks of Australia

 

Tasmanian Devil

It gained its fame on the screens with Looney Tunes, storming around in furious growling. With such behaviour, it could not have been called anything else and you will find it only in Tasmania. The carnivorous marsupial preys on wombats and lives in dry and coastal woodlands.

They are one of those nocturnal wild animals, so it might not be so easy to spot them. Why not visit the Trowunna Wildlife Park and feed a little devil? If you’re only exploring the south this time, visit the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo just outside of Port Arthur.

Check our 10 tips to make the most of your holidays in Tasmania.

 

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Copyright: Tourism Tasmania

 

Crocodile

If dinosaurs have fascinated you since you were a kid, you’ll want to say hi to Australian crocodiles. This is your chance to see the largest of all living reptiles, the saltwater crocodile, a.k.a. Salty. Growing up to 7 meters, they live alongside the much smaller freshwater crocodiles. Nonetheless, the freshies deserve your visit as well since you won’t find them anywhere else in the world.

Although salties have been seen roaming around Cairns, croc spotting is mostly done in the Northern Territory. After all, the land of Crocodile Dundee is covered in swamps and creeks. Book a cruise at Kakadu National Park and see them jumping out of the water. Otherwise, get underwater at Crocosaurus Cove or visit the research centre of Crocodylus Park. It’s just outside of Darwin and has plenty of other wild animals besides the intimidating reptile.

 

Where to see Australian Animals
Crocosaurus Cove. Copyright: Tourism Australia

 

As you can see, the fun of holidays in Australia doesn’t stop at jaw-dropping landscapes. Discover all the unique beauties of this country, now that you know the best places to see the Australian animals.

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