The best places to find Australian animals in the wild.

Getting up close and personal with our unique native wildlife a reason many travelers come to Australia. We all remember the first time we saw an image of a cuddly Koala and now you can meet one on your holiday down under. Different animals are more likely to be seen in different parts of the country.

This is our comprehensive guide to seeing popular Native Australian animals in Australia. Plus some fish and birds! We cover the most famous to spot on our tours Kangaroos, Koalas, Crocodiles, Dolphins, Whales, Penguins, Tasmanian Devil and sea lions.  

Of course, you may also get to see Echidnas, Wombats, Emus, Lizards, Goanna's, Wedge Tailed Eagles and Dingos as you travel. The native animals below are those where our tours specifically take you to see these animals or enable you to organize to see them on tour.

On tours, you will either see these animals in the wild or sometimes in wildlife parks. We try to let you experience our native wildlife in their natural habitats. Its most important to us these animals homes are not disturbed by tourists and so we aim to leave only footprints as we travel through Australia. Where we do visit a wildlife park we have very strict guidelines on conservation, we will let you know more about this on tour and hope to gain your support in our mission to protect our unusual and special animals here in Australia. 

Over 80% of Australia's plants, animals, frogs, reptiles, mammals are totally unique to the country. It's the worlds largest island and also the driest continent. This isolation and biodiversity mean we have some of the most interesting creatures for you to see in the wild on your travels here. 

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The Northern Territory of Australia, specifically the tropical Top End region near Darwin, is home to saltwater crocodiles. These remarkable predators are at the top of the food chain. Tours to this region include a crocodile wildlife cruise on the Mary River or Yellow Waters, an area with the a very high concentration of crocodiles.

Tours to see Crocodiles:

  • All tours from Darwin that include Kakadu National Park also include a crocodile wildlife cruise.
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Australia is an island continent with plenty of coastline. Dolphins are the friendly residents of the sea. Some places are better than others to see pods of dolphins. We would highly recommend Monkey Mia in Western Australia and also from Sydney you can head to Port Stephens. 

Tours to see Dolphins:

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You may well see kangaroos hopping along while travelling the highways of Australia. However, if you definitely want to get up close and personal with a 'roo, then wildlife parks will be your best option. Most wildlife parks in Australia let you hand feed and touch Kangaroos. Or you could go to a pretty obviously named place such as Kangaroo Island to see some, er, kangaroos.

Tours to see Kangaroos:

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Koalas can be difficult to spot in the wild, they are more endangered than ever. You will have the opportunity to see them in the wild on the 1 day Great Ocean Road tour from Melbourne. Otherwise, most wildlife parks will have these cute marsupials and in some, you can even get a Koala selfie!

On our 1 Day Blue Mountains tour from Sydney, you will get up close and personal with the Koalas at the wildlife park. Here you get to take a photo with a Koala, you can touch the Koala but not hold it for your selfie. This is due to the conservation efforts at the Featherdale wildlife park. At Featherdale they work tirelessly to aid conservation of the Koalas with breeding programs to save them from extinction.

On our Pinnacles Day tour from Perth in Western Australia, you will visit Caversham wildlife park. Here you can touch a Koala as its relaxing. If you stay quiet you can spend quite a bit of time enjoying the Koala eating his lunch or taking a nap. 

On our East Coast tours if you keep an eye out you will be lucky and spot Koalas in the wild. Noosa is a prime spot for taking a walk in the National Park and looking up in the trees for Koalas. 

Tours to see Koalas:

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The best place to see penguins is at Phillip Island, near Melbourne. The nightly penguin parade is where you can be guaranteed of always seeing penguins. The penguins return to their burrows each night just after dusk after being out at sea all day feeding.

Tours to see Penguins:

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Tasmanian Devils

They look cute but pack a pretty fearsome reputation. Tasmanian Devils don't have a particularly cute name either. These carnivorous marsupials are only found in Tasmania. All tours that travel down the east coast of Tasmania go to the Taranna Wildlife Park. This park specialises in breeding Devils, part of a wider conservation effort.

Tours to see Tasmanian Devils:

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Whale Sharks

Every year huge whale sharks, the world's largest fish, slowly make their migration to Ningaloo Reef, off the coast of Western Australia between Coral Bay and Exmouth, from late April frough to June. You have the possibility of swimming with these harmless creatures by taking a day tour from Exmouth. All the tours that travel to Exmouth have a spare day built into their itinerary so you can do the optional tour.

Tours to see whale sharks:

  • All tours that travel to Exmouth, Western Australia.
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Great White Sharks

The chances of being attacked by a Great White Shark while swimming in Australia are extremely low. Lower than getting hit by a car in your home town. Nevertheless, sharks and Australia share a complicated relationship. it's probably because people go swimming in the ocean a lot and feel vulnerable when we aren't at the top of the food chain any longer. Off the coast of South Australia Great White Sharks are in a relative abundance, for an endangered species at least. As part of a tour here you can even observe a shark from the safety of a shark cage.

Tours to see Great White Sharks:

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Sea Lions

Kangaroo Island is pretty famous for its kangaroos, but probably as famous for the sea lions you can also see there. You'll walk along the beautiful beach at Hanson Bay and literally be walking amongst a colony of sea lions basking in the sun.

Tours to see Sea Lions:

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Here are little native Australian animals that look a lot like rats. However, recently they have become the cutest animal due to plenty of pictures on social media. 

The Quokka is only found on Rottnest Island. It is a marsupial-like Kangaroo and Wallaby also found in Australia.

Tours to see Quokka:

All tours to Rottnest Island will take you to see the Quokka.


The Australia national rugby union team is nicknamed the Wallabies, but here we are talking about the cousin of the Kangaroo. A Wallaby is smaller than the Kangaroo so you should be able to tell the difference when you see them. they are found in the wild in many places in Australia, so you are likely to see them on one of our tours. 

 Spot a Wallaby on all of our Tasmania tours. 

Tours in Tasmania


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As you know there are plenty more native animals and birds in Australia and we hope you get the chance to spot lots more.

For example, if you are in the outback on an Uluru tour you will probably hear the howl of a Dingo. The Dingo is an Australian wild dog, you may see them as you drive around the outback but you will normally hear them. The Emu is one of our most iconic native birds, being the tallest bird you will spot these in the long grass as you drive through the Australian outback. Plus all our reptiles the Blue-tongue lizard and various snakes, we are very lucky here in Australia to have so much varied and unique wildlife. 

For more information check our articles about How to spot Kangaroos and Koalas in the wild in Australia and also our popular post on Whales and Dolphins and when and where to see them. 

Tours to get you there

Driving in the remote northwest Kimberley region

9 Day 4WD Darwin To Broome Tour

This small group 4WD tour takes in all the Top End sights you can think of. Adventure tours don't get much better than this, with Lake Argyle and The Bungle Bungles being the highlights.

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9 Day Perth To Adelaide Tour

Encounter the best of Australian wildlife on this expansive trip across the Nullabor. This country’s made for road trips, and crossing South Australia’s vast Nullarbor Plain is just about as iconic as they come.