Australia is famed for its weird and wonderful wildlife, some of it beautiful and some of it down right adorable, we’ve picked our top four Australian inhabitants that you simply have to meet.
SWIM WITH WHALE SHARKS
Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia has to be one of our favourite lesser-known gems, with technicolour coral gardens that could give even the Great Barrier Reef a run for its money. But for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, we can plan your trip to coincide with the whale sharks that visit. Take to the skies in a private helicopter to help you spot these gentle giants, before you touch down nearby for a swim with them.
MEET A KANGAROO
As the name would aptly suggest, Kangaroo Island is home to an abundance of Australia’s iconic and much-loved hopping creatures. The Native Western Grey Kangaroos graze freely throughout the island’s National Park and are best seen first thing in the morning – so set your alarm early to guarantee a glimpse of some of the world’s tallest ‘roos.
TAKE A PEEP AT A PLATYPUS
An intriguing mix between a duck and a beaver, the platypus has to be seen to be believed. Found only in eastern Australia, and specifically the island of Tasmania, a guided tour through the Fernglade Platypus Trail on the north-west of the island will guarantee you a glimpse at these water mammals. Plus, your knowledgable guide will be on hand to explain the biology behind these fascinating animals.
SPOT A CASSOWARY
Daintree National Park lies a little inland from Cairns and is the perfect place to spot the Australian Cassowary, a close relative to both the ostrich and the emu. This large flightless bird dwells in the rainforest and is best viewed from a distance, either on a guided or a self-drive tour through the beautiful park.