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Aussie Wildlife

by Travelbag on 08 April 2015, 17:04PM

The vast, adrenaline-filled country of Australia is bursting with modern cities, stunning natural beauty and a diverse culture. From vibrant Melbourne to the energetic Gold Coast, every minute spent here is extraordinary. 

Amidst the arid desert and rolling hills you'll find some of Australia’s biggest attractions; the iconic animals. While regions like New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria have world-class metropolis destinations, this incredible country is also known for wonderful wildlife with 80 per cent of the wide and varied species of animal unique to the county. Before you head off on that dream trip of a lifetime, we show you where to find some of Australia’s most iconic animals.

Kangaroo – The ultimate in the category of iconic country animals, the kangaroo population is estimated to be as high as 60 million in Australia. Coming across them shouldn’t be a problem, you can see them in Victoria on the Great Ocean Road, get up close at the Namadgi National Park and head to the aptly-named Kangaroo Island for a closer look. They are similar to wallabies and there are 55 different species of these two marsupials across the country. See them both at the same time at Flinders Ranges in South Australia.


Koala – Often called a bear, but not actually a bear, this marsupial can be seen in the trees along the more temperate eastern coast. Enjoy them in the wild at Yanchep National Park or on Phillip Island.


Wombat – The small, short-legged marsupial is a cute, furry animal native to Australia. An adaptable creature, these burrowing, rodent-like animals are found mainly across areas of south-eastern Australia. Very difficult to spot in the wild, you are best head to National Parks like Epping Forest, Blue Mountains and Kosciuszko for a glimpse of these adorable animals.


Dingo – Commonly seen in the deserts of South Australia, you can get dingoes across the country. Queensland’s Fraser Island is a popular destination to take in this free-ranging dog, which is the largest predatory mammal across the country.


Echidna – Often referred to as spiny anteaters, these monotremes are found in Australia and New Guinea. Solitary animals, they have a long tongue and a prickly hedgehog-like coat. Difficult to see in the wild, these nervous creatures are best enjoyed at Kangaroo Island.


Platypuses – An unlikely animal, this monotreme was believed to be a hoax when first seen by scientists. It is something of a mix between a duck, beaver and an otter. They are graceful in water but a little awkward on land. It is unlikely that you will see these river-dwellers in the wild but you can get a look at them in places like Tidbinilla Nature Reserve and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.


Kookaburra – These beautiful tree kingfishers are well-loved in Australia and are best known for the loud call that they make at both dawn and dusk, which is said to echo human laughter. Sometimes found in suburbs, they are at home in the countryside. The Broome Bird Observatory is a great place to view them.


Cockatoos – Found across Australasia, these birds have a bright chest and distinctive curved bill and, although not as colourful as parrots, they do tend to be larger.


Frilled lizard – Found in northern Australia, this reptile has a remarkable frill around its neck that is often folded back. When frightened, or attacking, it will come out as a defence mechanism. Kimberley is the perfect place for seeing reptiles, boasting some 178 species.


These are some of Australia’s most iconic animals. Aside from them, there are thousands of other species to search for when exploring the country. From the vibrant reef system at the Great Barrier Reef to the venomous snakes and spiders that live in the Outback, you are sure to have an unforgettable trip wherever you go Down Under.

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