The River Boys in Home and Away with their torn-off sleeves and bad attitudes aren’t the only ‘wildlife’ in Australia!
It’s not all Skippy and Crocodile Dundee either as according to Australian Geographic, unique species make up more than 80% of Australia’s 378 mammals, 773 of their 869 reptiles and more than half of their 800 birds!
Australia’s isolation from the other continents is thought to be responsible for its amazing variety of wildlife. These unique species, not to mention deserts, ancient coral reefs and spectacular mountain ranges, make Australia a must-see.
Australian wildlife: Top 10 ultimate places
Want to see some of Australia’s amazing wildlife and natural wonders for yourself? Of course you do! Here are our top 10 ultimate places to see Australian wildlife and marine life.
1. Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
No Australian marine life tour is complete without snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef. The best jumping off point is said to be Cairns, but any of its 1,550 miles of the Queensland coast is breathtaking. Boat tours are competitive, so you're likely to find a good deal. Expect to pay between $150- $220 for a snorkelling adventure.
2. Calmsley Hill in suburban Sydney
Less than an hour from the hustle and bustle of central Sydney is Calmsley Hill, a 580 acre sheep and cattle farm. With not a reptile or a hopping marsupial in sight a visit would make the perfect day trip for kids and/or scaredy cats.
3. The Koala Hospital, Port Macquarie
You can’t go to Australia without at least seeing a Koala bear. The Koala Hospital is the world's first full service hospital dedicated entirely to the care of these friendly little guys. Visitors are invited to take a tour and to listen to a talk on the preservation of koalas. You can even adopt your own for those of you who struggle to pull yourself away.
4. Territory Wildlife Park at Berry Springs, south of Darwin
If you're visiting the Northern Territory, take some time to meet and observe birds, reptiles and other wildlife in their natural habitats in the Territory Wildlife Park at Berry Springs. The park is designed to demonstrate the relationship between the animals and the unique, native plants they inhabit. You can even interact with the animals during daily presentations.
5. National Zoo and Aquarium, Suburban Canberra
If you want to see animals native to Australia you have to visit the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra. This is Australia's only combined zoo and aquarium and runs daily interactive tours and animal experiences for visitors.
6. Otway National Park
Calling all morning people; why not join a dawn canoe tour through the town of Forrest to see some platypus glide through the water? Eastern Australia is pretty much the only place in the world you will find platypus in the wild, so the Otway National Park is a total must-see. Fun fact of the day: these duck-beaked, beaver-tailed creatures are one of only two mammals to lay eggs.
7. Victoria's Open Range Zoo
Melbourne is an amazing city to experience Australia’s art and music culture. It’s also a great spot to see some native Australian species, as well as some from the grasslands of Africa and Asia. Victoria’s Open Range Zoo has a great range of animals on display and the helpful and interesting staff make the day that much more enjoyable.
8. Kangaroo Island
Yes, Kangaroo Island has just one person for ever square kilometre, and more than one ‘roo per person. Take a guided night-time tour to experience all of this kanga-action. Kangaroo Island is also a bit of a foodie hub, making it the perfect spot for a romantic getaway.
9. Perth Zoo
If you’re visiting Perth, you must check out the Perth Zoo. This amazing zoo has designed reproductions of some of the world’s major habitats to suit their wildlife. If you can make it to only one spot to see Australia’s wildlife at play, this is a good one.
10. Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park
No, it’s not just the creation of Warner Bros. cartoonists; the Tasmanian Devil does exist in real life. If you find yourself near the Port Arthur area, make sure you check out the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park. You can check out the little devils during the daily wildlife tours in this conservation program!
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