30 Oct 2013 Australian Animals

Australia has been one of our favorite countries, continents and cultures to visit. From snow capped mountains, ancient rain forest, red deserts and ever crashing oceans all around it, Australia is a top spot for exploring and finding wildlife.

My husband Chris and I lived in Australia for about two years and the ability to buy a vehicle and head out into their amazing parks and look for wildlife is at your fingertips. If viewing wildlife is one of your passions, book your trip down under today.

Here is a sampling of some of the incredible Australian animals we saw around the continent.

The iconic koala, a must see for Australian wildlife. All the koala’s we observed in the wild were so much more active than any I have ever observed in zoos or wildlife parks. They were alert and keenly aware of our presence. I just loved watching them selectively choose each eucalyptus leaf they would eat. A great place to see wild koala’s is French Island, in Victoria.

This is an Eastern Grey Kangaroo with her joey, or baby. Female kangaroos are almost always pregnant and if food sources become scarce she can essentially pause the growth of her developing young. In New South Wales, there is a handful of amazing parks for viewing wild life and enjoying the beach and we camped at Pebbly Beach.

This inquisitive, endangered female is a black footed rock wallaby. You can easily view these guys and gals at Heavitree Gap campground and resort in Alice Springs.

This is a native bush turkey and are quite common to see around New South Wales.

On the coat of arms for Australia, the emu have big, wary eyes. When they run their back feathers fluff up and down. We spent a week in Cape Range National Park in Western Australia and that is a great park for viewing wildlife. We also enjoyed camping at Yardie Creek Caravan Park.

Not to be confused the emu, the critically endangered cassowary is an animal from the Jurassic period.  There is an estimated 1000 or fewer cassowaries left in the wild. So get to the Daintree area in Queensland and drive really slow. (Most cassowary deaths are caused by vehicles.) This is an amazing bird to see in the wild.

 

 With it’s vibrant red body and green wings, the King Parrot adds a striking splash of color to the forest. Look for them in New South Wales national parks.

 

My favorite characteristic of the spinifex pigeon is how they tilted their head to the side to study me and then quickly scurry away into the brush with their head bobbing back and forth the entire time. We saw lots of these guys around the red center in Alice Springs and around Uluru.

Different from the North American fox, the Australia flying fox is a bat. Visitors can view hundreds of them hanging out in down town Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

Thriving on Rottnest Island, the quokka is a small marsupial that has adapted helping to keep it’s numbers strong on the island. Visitors usually access the island by ferry from either Perth or Fremantle.

We spent a few nights backpacking on the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia, which is quickly emerging as one of Australia’s most popular long distance hikes. Upon waking one morning, curled in a nook of Chris’ back pack was this knob tailed gecko. He seemed utterly perturbed that we were asking him to move, especially because the morning was cold and I do not think he appreciated being removed from his warm spot. We set him to the side, packed up camp and were on our way.

This Mertens water monitor we saw in Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory. If you ever have a reason to stop in at Darwin, rent a car and get yourself to Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks.

Australia is one of the 17 countries listed as ‘megadiverse’ with over 80% of the mammals, reptiles and flowering plants being endemic, or native, to Australia. Look for the next photo post to show case animals found in the waters surrounding Australia.

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Tiffany Soukup

After her first year at university, Tiffany moved to Wyoming in the spur of the moment decision to live on the floor next to a washer and dryer. She has never looked back since embracing a life of travel, exploration and endless curiosity. Fortunately, she met her life partner early on as her and her husband Chris share the same dream of living on all seven continents. Follow their story as they venture from sorting potato's, picking cherries, living as Inn Keepers, hiking into remote jungles and planning their next adventure. Be sure to get more pictures and stories from their site at www.vagabondway.net.

7 Comments
  • Jim
    Posted at 14:57h, 30 October Reply

    Great Post! I especialy like the Mertens Monitor, one of the larger monitors and I’m sure was fantastic to see in the wild…

    • Tiffany Soukup
      Posted at 16:48h, 30 October Reply

      That particular Mertens Monitor we had the coolest experience with. We were hanging out in this stream on a super hot day and that lizard kept swimming around right by us and then finally emerged on a rock in the sun right next to us. Normally I might use a bit more caution and move further back, but he was not bothered by us at all and seemed determined to bask in his favorite sun spot whether we were there or not.

  • Laura
    Posted at 15:55h, 11 November Reply

    Great photos! Looks like you were able to see lots of different critters.

    • Tiffany
      Posted at 06:31h, 12 November Reply

      If you want to see a lot of different wildlife, go to Australia. It is just full of various animals.

  • Barnabas
    Posted at 15:37h, 12 November Reply

    Great article. Would love to read more by Tiffany Soukup. Excellent photos and great details. Great work @wesaidgotravel

    • Lisa Niver Rajna
      Posted at 16:27h, 12 November Reply

      We AGREE completely! Tiffany Soukup has more on the way! We are thrilled that she is sharing her stories here on our site! Thanks!
      Lisa

      • Tiffany
        Posted at 05:27h, 13 November Reply

        Thank you both very much. Indeed, more to come!

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