Australia is a gorgeous country that offers vast landscapes, pristine beaches, vibrant city life, and exotic wildlife. It impresses each type of traveler with its diversity. What is most appealing here though is the conglomeration of animals. Most famous of them are the kangaroos and koalas. But Australia has a precious treasure of animals that deserve an independent itinerary.
Here is a list of animals and experiences with them that make your travel to Australia completely worth-while.
Interesting Wildlife of Australia
Touted as the happiest animal, this cat-sized furry animal should not be missed. The most adorable quokkas are found in Rottnest Island where you can take a free guided walking tour.
An itinerary in Australia is incomplete if you miss out on cuddling a koala. Head to Queensland’s Currumbin Sanctuary to spend some memorable moments holding and clicking pictures with a snuggly soft koala.
Platypus is an elusive animal, but at Healesville Zoo in Yarra Valley, you can get really close to it and give a tickle this adorable national icon. The notoriously shy platypus star on Australia’s 20 cent coins.
Echidnas or ‘Spiny anteaters’ have a distinctive ‘rolling’ gait that makes them incredibly endearing. They have spines and fur growing in between them. Get an opportunity to pat them at the Healesville Zoo. They star on Australia’s 5 cent coins.
Australian waters host the intelligent and intriguing bottle-nose dolphins and can be viewed from multiple locations. A visit to Port Stephens, Melbourne’s bay, Adelaide, or Perth to watch and feed the dolphins.
Watching this national animal of Australia, tread gently through green grasslands is a treat to eyes. The land of kangaroos, Australia, lives up to its name as kangaroos are found everywhere in Australia, even on the outskirts of cities. You can also visit Lucky Bay, Western Australia, Flinders Ranges, South Australia, Bells Beach, Victoria, Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Yanchep National Park, Western Australia, and Canberra, Australian Capital Territory to view this animal which is found in Australia.
Yes, you heard it right. Tree kangaroos exist. See it to believe it at Canberra’s National Zoo and Aquarium. Book an encounter to gently stroke the tree kangaroo as the keeper feeds them fruits and leaves.
This carnivore, once a native of mainland Australia, is now found only in Tasmania. You can flash-sight them near the roads of Tasmania but for a guaranteed viewing, take a tour at Devils @ Cradle.
Meet this small and stubby marsupial native to Australia in south-eastern Australia and Tasmania. A unique feature of Wombats is the backward pouch that helps them not gather soil on their young ones while digging.
Walk amongst the rare sea lions at Kangaroo Island through a 45-minute tour. Get a unique insight into how these endangered animals hunt, surf, rest, interact with their pups, and defend their territory.