Australia is blessed with unique and bizarre animals
Oz wildlife is one of the must-sees for any traveller down under, but there are also quite a few that a traveller would prefer to avoid. Unfortunately, many of the harmless creatures are not that easy for tourists to find.
Some of the best places to see wildlife are – naturally – off the beaten track and mostly predator-free (dingoes and foxes mainly).
The southerly island of Tasmania hums with wallabies, possums, wombats and Tasmanian devils, though the weather is chilly for Australia and a flight will be required.
Kangaroos mostly live in the outback, a massive area a long way off the normal tourist route. Even then ‘roos generally rest up during the heat of the day, feeding at night, so the first sight of one might be in the headlights of your bus as your driver applies emergency braking.
On a quick two or three week trip taking in the country’s prime tourist targets – Sydney, Cairns, Uluru and perhaps Melbourne the average joe is very unlikely to stumble across an average joey (a baby kangaroo).
However for those keen to see the iconic Australian animal could try Kangaroo Island, 13kms off the coast near Adelaide and accessible by car ferry. It’s home to kangaroos in Flinders Chase National Park with wallabies, echidnas (a kind of hedgehog), possums, koalas, goannas (big lizards), sea lions, fur seals, penguins and even platypus in different locations.
Plenty of birds too, and whales in season (June-September).
However, Anglesea Golf Course, just off the Great Ocean Road (near Melbourne) is famous for hosting some remarkably relaxed animals who just love a gentle game while Adelaide’s Cleland houses quite a number of the big hoppers, though somehow they don’t fit in as well there as the smaller wallabies.