Australia is home to a vast array of amazing animals that are often only found down under, so if you like animals and want to see something new and different, you are going to love it here. No matter which part of this great country you find yourself in, you can find strange and unusual insects and animals, the trick to seeing them is to know where to look and when. The following are some great places to see unique Australian animals and the best ways to give yourself a good chance of seeing them.
The Blue Mountains
This spectacular part of western New South Wales is home to a huge variety of plants and animals, though one little creature in particular is a highlight of this region, the Blue Mountains Tree Frog. These beautifully coloured frogs grow to about 5 centimetres in length and are usually best found around rocks in creeks and streams in the valleys of the mountains. These little guys are one of the highlights of this magnificent area so if you go on a Blue Mountains tour, make sure you bring your camera as you might get lucky and see one.
This special area a couple of hours east of Melbourne is where you will find one of Australia’s cutest animals, the Little Penguin and they really are quite easy to see. If you join a Phillip Island tour you can get a great look at these little darlings as they march up the beach each evening to their burrows in the sand. For cute value alone, you should make a point of checking out the Little Penguins of Phillip Island, they really are something else!
This spectacular part of South Australia is considered the gateway to the outback and is home to one of Australia’s most iconic animals, the emu. While emus live in most parts of Australia, this is one of the best places to see them and you won’t have to go to much effort either. Go out on a hike on any of the awesome trails in this area and you are sure to come across at least one or two emus, and if you go in the spring you may even get a look at some of the newborn emus waddling around behind their parents. Don’t get too close to them though as they can be quite aggressive if they feel threatened.
One of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in Australia, the Tasman Peninsula is home to one of the world’s deadliest snakes, the Tiger snake. A bite from a Tiger snake has one of the highest mortality rates of any venomous snake, so be very careful if you are in this area during the summer when they are most active. If you wear gaiters and decent footwear and look where you are stepping you should be fine, and if you sit still in any open area for long enough you are a good chance of having one come out of a nearby bush to check you out. If you do see one, don’t get too close, as they will bite you if they feel they need to protect themselves.