Australia has a lot more to offer than beautiful beaches and spirited cities. Its reputation for spectacularly unique wildlife is a well-deserved one and seeing as much of it as you can should always be a priority when you visit the continent.
Did you know that over 80% of Australia’s mammals, plants, and reptiles are exclusive to that country and can’t be found anywhere else in the world?
There are crocodiles all over the country, but especially in Darwin, in the Northern Territory, situated on the Timor Sea.
If you’re looking for a close encounter, head to Crocosaurus Cove to share 15 minutes with a giant reptile in the Cage of Death!
The dingo is the biggest carnivorous mammal in the country and is found everywhere except Tasmania.
It’s a type of wild dog and the best place to spot them is on Fraser Island, off the eastern Queensland coast, in Kimberley in Western Australia, and across the deserts of the Northern Territory and South Australia.
By far the most famous animal to come out of this country, kangaroos are easily found in most of the rural areas in Australia.
There are also many tours available that will have you picked up from your hotel, escorted out on a sightseeing adventure, and then returned safely afterwards. After sharing your pics on all your social media networks you can relax in comfort and unwind with room service, a hot bath, and the Bingo games for Australians so widely provided for online.
Koalas are just about the cutest animals in the world and their fur is as soft as you could imagine!
Most of the wildlife parks in Australia will let you pet them and you may even be lucky enough to hold one if you do your research properly and head to a sanctuary that allows this.
You’ll also be able to spot them in the wild if your journey takes you along the temperate eastern coast.
Although there are some Tasmanian devils in wildlife parks, they’re famously elusive and wildly erratic, so the vast majority of these creatures remain in the wild.
They were dubbed Devils by European settlers because of their dark colouring, spine-chilling screams, and terrible temperaments.
Swimming with gigantic whale sharks on the Western Australian Coral Coast is the thrill of a lifetime. The best time of the year to do this is between March and July at the Ningaloo Marine Park on a coast certified as a World Heritage Site in the north-west region of Western Australia.
These spectacular creatures are often 18 metres long but, happily, are harmless.
Stout wombats, due to their burrowing natures, can be hard to spot in the wild because they can head underground so quickly. They inhabit extensive subterrestrial systems created by their big front teeth and powerful claws.
Head to the Blue National Park in New South Wales to see them, or go to the Wilsons Promontory in Victoria.