Best places to see wildlife

Here in Australia we are fortunate to have many different species of native wildlife. There is no shortage of spots around the country to view our unique fauna in their natural habitats.

Fairy penguins – you can see these cute little creatures as they emerge from the ocean and waddle up the beach to their nightly nesting places in the sand dunes. There are many penguin watching tours available from South Australia’s Kangaroo and Granite Islands, Victoria’s Philip Island, Montague Island in New South Wales or in Bicheno in Tasmania.

Platypus – dusk and dawn are the best times to try to catch a glimpse of these comical mammals. The viewing platform at Broken River in Queensland’s Eungella National Park provides the best chance of spotting a platypus.

Minke whales – the weeks between June and July are the most favourable time to spot these magnificent creatures along the Ribbon Reefs, which are north of Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.

Whale watching – observe the Humpback and Southern Right whales as they pass by the Australian coastline during their annual migration from Antarctica. The top 10 whale watching sports around Australia from mid-May to November are :
Eden, NSW
Albany, WA
Whitsundays, Qld
Victor Harbor, SA
Warrnambool, Vic
Head of Bight, SA
Exmouth, WA
Bruny Island, TAS
Hervey Bay, Qld
Cape Byron, NSW

Swim with whale sharks – Western Australia’s Ningaloo Marine Park is an ideal place to experience sharing the ocean with these docile behemoths.

Cassowary – exercise a fair amount of caution when encountering these birds in the wild as their dagger-like claws can inflict a fair amount of damage. The best place to see them is in Far North Queensland at Mission Beach and Cape York Peninsula.

See turtle hatchlings – between November and February at Lady Elliott and Heron Islands or Queensland’s Mon Repos Conservation Park.

Quokkas – explore Rottnest Island off the coast of Perth, WA by bicycle to spot these delightful little marsupials.

Manta rays and sea turtles – go snorkelling or diving on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef or Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reefs to chance upon the graceful sea turtle. While mantra ray can be found around Lady Elliot Island off the coast of Queensland and at Coral Bay in Western Australia.

Reposted from YOURLifeChoices – 24 September 2014

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