How to come close and enjoy the Australian Wildlife
One of the top reasons why international travellers go to Australia is the thrill of seeing the native unique australian wildlife! But seeing australian animals in the Wild is not something that happens like twiddling thumbs. There are many factors that influence your chances of coming close to the australian animals.
It depends on where and how you travel, it depends on how you choose the place at what time of the year. This post provides you with information for evaluating the right things to help you make the most of your encounters with the australian wildlife.
Where can the Australian Wildlife be seen?
As the name says it: the Australian Wild-Life can be seen in the “WILD”, which is the natural habitat. But do not be surprised and feel disappointed if you hardly see one animal on your first day in the forest.
Human presence scares wild animals to make them dash off and disappear very quickly. Although there are no magic rules that can teach on how to come close to animals a simple etiquette can help while bushwalking in the forest and in national parks. First of all walk on your own if you can or in a small group, secondly keep quite and if you can be silent, avoid any abrupt or loud movements.
These below are great ways to help you identify the right way for you so as to see and enjoy the australian wildlife in their natural habitat.
Visit National Parks
In Australia there are over 450 national parks. Close to any city there are many smaller national parks where you can see wildlife in its natural habitat. If you travel on a self-guided trip get the information before setting off or from the local rangers of the national park you visit. You might spend a whole day in the forest walking and seeing just a few animals and sometimes you might not even see any at all. Ask the locals for special places along your way where to stop for spotting koalas or kangaroos.
Visit a Wildlife Sanctuary
Everywhere in Australia you can find a Wildlife Sanctuary. Especially in the surrounds of big cities like Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra there are several wildlife sanctuaries. Some can be found in Tropical Queensland, in Tasmania and in Western Australia too. A Wildlife Sanctuary, is different from a Zoo, in the way that they only have australian native animals, the animals live in larger natural areas so as to have their wild habitat recreated. The great benefit of these wildlife conservation areas is that they also offer activities like bushwalks, birdwatching, day and nocturnal walks, talks and in some wildlife sanctuaries you can even stay overnight. It is a indeed a great opportunity to come close to the australian wildlife if you are travelling on a limited time.
Go on a Wildlife Tour
Probably the best thing to do if you prefer having an expert ranger who takes you to the right places at the right time and also can tell you about the special australian animals, this is a great way to learn a lot about the australian wildlife in just as few hours. Check the lists of Wildlife Tours available in Tourist information offices or in the national parks you plan to visit. There are plenty of wildlife tours you can choose from penguins, dolphins, whalewatching tours, birdwatching tours, and many more depending on the Australia Region you are in. Depending on the time of the year and the breeding season wildlife tours can be held either during the day or at night so as to make sure you can see australian animals in their natural habitat while respecting their environment.
Go on a River Boat Tour or a Lake Boat Tour
This is another more relaxed way (one of my favorite ones) of savoring much of the landscape and at the same time get close up with australian native animals. A Boat Tour along the calm waters of a river in the forest or on a lake enables to see much of the abundant wildlife and birdlife nestled along the banks of the river. Boat Tours are usually available in national parks and in rainforest areas.
In the Kakadu National Park in Northern Territory or in the Daintree Rainforest in Queensland there are excellent boat and river tours that can be booked either locally or as part of a 3-4day tour package. Here you can read about my experience on a Boat Tour in Kakadu National Park and a River Cruise on Lake Argyle.
Visit a Wildlife Zoo and Volunteer with Wildlife
Australian Zoos are somehow different from the common concept of a Zoo. They, alike wildlife sanctuaries and wildlife conservation areas, have a crucial role in the conservation of endangered australian animals whose survival can only be guaranteed by the constant work of many volunteers who day by day care for animals that we might not see any more in 10-20years or even earlier than that. In Australia there are hundreds of Wildlife Zoos and Wildlife Hospitals.Many of them offer volunteer programs for local and international travellers. You can check outmy volunteer experience in a wildlife hospital. I visited a few australian zoos, the one I can recommend is the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital (80km northwest of Brisbane) founded by Steve Irwin. The Mogo Zoo not far from Batesman Bay on the Southeast Coast of Sydney and The Taroonga Zoo are also “must see places” if you are visiting the south east coast and Sydney and have no other chances of seeing the australian animals in the wild.
As you can see there are many ways that help you discover and learn about the australian wildlife during your travels in Australia. I hope you find this post helpful for arranging your trip to Australia. If you have any questions feel free to drop me a message here or leave a comment here below.