The Australian national anthem paints the picture: “our land abounds in nature’s gifts of beauty, rich and rare.” Nature explorers are wild about wildlife. With millions of annual visitors, increasing numbers of domestic and international tourists channel their animal instincts when making a beeline for some of the most iconic wildlife destinations in Australia. Here’s the pick of the bunch:
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- 1 Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
- 2 Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
- 3 Kangaroo Island, South Australia
- 4 Wilsons Promontory, Victoria
- 5 Daintree Rainforest, Queensland
- 6 Montague Island, New South Wales
- 7 Fraser Island, Queensland
- 8 The Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
- 9 Phillip Island, Victoria
- 10 Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Queensland
Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
World heritage-listed and internationally renowned for being the world’s largest coral reef system, as well as for its snorkelling and scuba diving tours, the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland is abundant in natural wildlife wonders. There are more than 2900 individual reefs over 900 islands, covering more than 2300 kilometers. Whales, turtles, dolphins, sharks, stingrays, all other marine life, and more than 215 bird species abound.
Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Pristine waterways, the country’s largest fringing coral reef, whale sharks, dugongs, dolphins, rays, humpback whale spotting and swimming opportunities characterise the natural drawcards of Ningaloo Reef.
Visitors will have no worries finding accommodation in Ningaloo and surrounding regions. There’s a range of styles to suit all budgets offered online.
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
This rugged coastal landscape is renowned for its raw beauty and wilderness retreats. More than a third of the island is protected in nature reserves and Kangaroo Island is home to sea lions, koalas, echidnas, platypus, it’s own species of kangaroo and diverse bird species. You can stay in properties on Kangaroo Island where the spectacular wildlife can be seen from your window and may even be right outside your door.
Wilsons Promontory, Victoria
Wilsons Promontory National Park, southeast of Melbourne, is well known for its rugged granite mountains and abundant wildlife, including kangaroos and wombats. Many visitors choose to camp in the national park, but there are also great Wilson Promontory lodgings if you prefer a roof over your head.
Daintree Rainforest, Queensland
At around 1200 square kilometers, the world heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, in northeast Queensland, is part of the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest on the Australian continent. Estuarine crocodiles, kangaroos, cassowaries, owls, kingfishers and other species of native wildlife abounds. Visitors can choose from a range of Hotels near the Daintree Rainforest to suit all budgets and sightseeing inclinations.
Montague Island, New South Wales
This continental island, located within the Montague Island Nature Reserve, is popular for its seal colonies, birdlife and scuba diving opportunities. You and your family can stay on Montague Island so you can easily wake up and explore the incredible scenery and wildlife without wasting a minute.
Fraser Island, Queensland
The national whale-watching capital of Australia, alongside its neighbouring Hervey Bay, Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, stretching over 120km. This eco-tourism destination also provides abundant wildlife sightseeing, such as native dingoes, and swimming opportunities at pristine beaches and Lake McKenzie. There are affordable resorts on Fraser Island in serenity-inducing natural surrounds.
The Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
Prized for its rugged coastline and endless white-sand beaches, the Eyre Peninsula is abundant in salmon, abalone, oysters and world-class tuna (which tourists can even swim among). Rollicking sea lions and dolphin sightings are also natural drawcards. A weekend getaway to the Eyre Peninsula will not disappoint.
Phillip Island, Victoria
Motorcycle and car enthusiasts flock to the Phillip Island Circuit, but this southern Victorian coastal destination is world-renowned for its Summerland Beach sunset penguin parade. The Nobbies outcrop is also the viewing site for Seal Rocks, home to a large colony of Australian fur seals. With so many places to stay in Phillip Island, you will never be too far away from all the sightseeing action and great family attractions.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Queensland
Located in the Brisbane suburb of Fig Tree Pocket, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s oldest and largest koala sanctuary. You can visit these native marsupials up close and personal while staying close at hand with a selection of affordable accommodation deals on offer.