THE BEST PLACES TO SEE WILDLIFE IN AUSTRALIA - Australia is a country that appears on most people’s travel bucket lists for a lot of different reasons, but one of the first things that springs to mind when you think about this incredible country is surely the wildlife. Australia is famous for being home to some of the most weird and wonderful, and sometimes dangerous, creatures on the planet. Some people are really put off by the wildlife in Australia after hearing stories about snakes and spiders creeping into people’s houses but for a lot of people, seeing the amazing wildlife is one of the main reasons to go to Australia. If you’re planning a trip and you want to make sure that you get to see some great wildlife while you’re out there, these are some of the best places to go.
Kangaroos are the most iconic Australian animal there is and it’s no surprise that you’ll find plenty of them on Kangaroo Island. This beautiful island is only a 45 minute ferry ride from the mainland just south of Adelaide. The majority of the island has been reserved as parkland so the wildlife can thrive there and it’s not just Kangaroos that you’ll find. The island is home to all sorts of different animals and birds including bandicoots, koalas, wallabies, and sea lions as well. If you’re staying anywhere near the ferry port, it’s definitely worth taking a day trip out to Kangaroo Island.
The Sunshine Coast is one of the most popular areas in Australia for tourists but the city of Mooloolaba is one of the hidden gems that people don’t visit as much. That’s a real shame because it’s a great destination, especially if you’re a wildlife lover. There are some great aquariums and zoos in the area where you’ll get the chance to see some of the animals that you might not necessarily be able to spot in the wild.
Lady Musgrave Island
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most incredible natural wonders in the world and people flock to Australia every year to go scuba diving and catch a glimpse of the many species of fish that live in and around the reef. There are a lot of different places where you can see the Great Barrier reef but Lady Musgrave Island is the best. You can take a day trip or stay out there for a few days if you really want to explore the island properly (visit adventurefree.com.au/top-destinations/southern-great-barrier-reef/lady-musgrave-island-tours for more information on getting out to the island). While there, you’ll get the chance to go snorkelling around the reef or even take a trip in a glass bottomed boat if you really want to get a sense of how impressive this natural wonder is.
Whale Sharks are one of the most impressive animals in the world and the biggest ones can measure up to 40 feet long. If you want to experience these majestic beasts up close, you can go snorkelling with them at Ningaloo Reef (https://www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-tips-and-articles/the-best-places-to-swim-with-whale-sharks/40625c8c-8a11-5710-a052-1479d277a6ca has some tips on other places to find Whale Sharks if you can’t make it out to Ningaloo Reef).
If you’re looking for wildlife when you’re out in Australia, these are the places that you need to visit.