Hunting Australia's wildlife - the next 10

Following on from my earlier post Hunting Australia’s big five – where to see kangaroos, koalas, platypus, echidnas, and wombats in the wild” I am going to add to this with some of Australia’s other iconic creatures and turn it into the big fifteen!

First and foremost – despite Kangaroos and Koalas being the top two people want to see in the wild, the second animal on Aussies national emblem is in fact the emu – therefore let’s start with that:

Emu

Crocodile Kakadu National Park

Crocodile Kakadu National Park

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve near Warrnambool, Victoria (almost guaranteed)
Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia (high chance)
Wilsons Promontory, Victoria (good chance)
Innes National Park, South Australia (good chance)
Halls Gap, Grampians, Victoria (good chance at Lakeside Camping)
Kinchega National Park, Victoria (high chance)

 

Crocodile

Kakadu – Yellow Waters, Northern Territory (almost guaranteed)
Mary River, Northern Territory – watch from the bridge (high chance)
Daintree River, Queensland (high chance)
Marlgu Billabong, Near Wyndham, Western Australia (almost guaranteed)

 

Posssum

quokkas Rottnest island

quokkas Rottnest island

These are easy to find in the cities – evenings required!
lmost any road, Tasmania (almost guaranteed)
Melbourne cbd parks - especially Flagstaff and Fitzroy Gardens (guaranteed)
Hyde Park, Centennial Park, Botanic gardens – Sydney (guaranteed)

Kookaburra on my balcony, Sydney

Kookaburra on my balcony, Sydney

Quokka

The only easy place to see these small marsupials (something like a mini-kangaroo) is on an island - Rottnest Island near Perth, Western Australia (guaranteed)

 

Kookaburra

Are the world’s largest kingfisher and a veritable giant in its species. They are found all over Australia and again it is luck of the draw, but I often get visited by one on my balcony in Manly, Sydney! Go camping in or near forest or woodlands for a high chance of seeing them, or one Sydney spot that is known is he Basin in Pittwater Take the ferry across from Palm Beach.

 

Dingo

The only reliable place to see dingos other than by chance is Fraser Island, Queensland. However, I will give one non-wild place here if you really want to see dingos – the Bargo Dingo Sanctuary (the only one I’m giving, so yes its good) – NSW

Dingo Fraser Island

Dingo Fraser Island

Penguins

Dawn and dusk is once again the time for viewing at:
St Kilda pier, Melbourne, Victoria (almost guaranteed)
Philip Island, Victoria (guaranteed but like being in a circus)
Manly Beach, Sydney,  NSW (possible)
Halletts Beach, Sydney, NSW (possible)

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Goanna / Monitor

 Goannas are Australian Monitor lizards and can be found all around Australia’s waterways. Again its luck of the draw but a couple of good spots to see them are:
Halletts Beach, Sydney, NSW (high chance)
Bobbin Head, Sydney, NSW (good chance)
Jimmy’s Beach, near Hawks Nest, NSW (good chance)

Pelican at the Entrance, NSW

Pelican at the Entrance, NSW

 

Dugongs

An unusual marine mammal – the dugongis often called a sea cow because they graze on seagrass beds; they are large and grey with a whale like tail and flippers.
Ningaloo Reef and Shark Bay, Western Australia (good chance)
Mackeral bay and Double Bay, Whitsundays, Queensland (possible)
Fraser Island, Queensland (possible)
Moreton Bay / Island, Queensland (possible)

 

 

Pelicans

Are found all over Australia but can be easily seen near Sydney and Melbourne at:
The Entrance, Sydney (guaranteed)
Jawbone Reserve, Williamstown, Melbourne (almost guaranteed)