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Nuts About Nature

by Travelbag on 17 December 2014, 12:12PM

Top tips for discovering Australia’s weird and wonderful wildlife

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Saddle Up

Explore the spectacular Blue Mountains High Country on horseback, through gorgeous bushland, pine forests and clear creeks.

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Paddle with Platypus 

Take a dawn or dusk canoe tour in the Great Otway National Park, accessible from Melbourne, to discover Australia’s most elusive animal – this rare chance to see them in the wild is not to be missed.

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Kangaroos & Koalas 

To see lots of kangaroos and koalas living in their natural habitat head to Kangaroo Island, just a 30 minute flight from Adelaide. The island is also home to sea lions, fur seals, echidnas, goannas and wallabies.

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Dive Under 

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is on a lot of people’s bucket list and for a good reason. This World Heritage Listed masterpiece is so big it can be seen from outer space. Don a snorkel, scuba tank or book a place on a glass bottom boat to immerse yourself in this watery paradise.

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Swim with whale sharks

Swimming with whale sharks, the friendly giants of the oceans, at the gorgeous Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia is an experience that will stay with you forever. They don’t come much more unforgettable than this.

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An animal in need

Make the journey to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Tasmania. Established in 1981 as a sanctuary for injured and orphaned wildlife, this place is well worth a visit. 

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Birdwatch in NT 

See huge numbers of wetland and grassland bird life in Australia’s stunning Top End. Fly in to Darwin and join a tour out to Kakadu National Park and the Mary River wetlands to see rare species in flight. 

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Penguin Parade 

Just a 90 minute drive from Melbourne, Phillip Island is home to a colony of super cute penguins. Watch them waddle up the beach at sunset as a ranger answers all your penguin questions!


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