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Australia's Nature and wildlife

Australia has some of the world's most distinctive and diverse natural environments, with unique wildlife, and spectacular landscapes, including many national parks and World Heritage Areas.

In these areas you can get up close to our native plants and animals, explore wide open spaces and discover ancient rainforests on the fringe of modern cities. You can also climb snow-capped mountains and swim in some of the most pristine water environments on earth.

Here are just a few of Australia's iconic natural experiences you won't want to miss.

Go wild in Australia

Interact with some of Australia's most magnificent wildlife in its natural habitat. 

Whale watching in Australia

Whale watching in Australia

Find out where the best places are around Australia to see the whale migration.

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Australia's Animals

Australia's Animals

Our unique animals are one of the many reasons people visit our country. Australia has more than 378 mammal species, 828 bird species, 4000 fish species, 300 species of lizards, 140 snake species, two crocodile species and around 50 types of marine mammal.

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Places to see koalas in the wild

Places to see koalas in the wild

In celebration of Wild Koala Day – a day to celebrate wild koalas and to protect their habitats – here are the top five places in Australia where you can see this unique Australian marsupial in its natural habitat.

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15 day wildlife experience

15 day wildlife experience

Explore Australia from Kakadu to Kangaroo Island. Stay in luxury accommodation while witnessing some of Australia's most magnificent wildlife in its natural habitat.

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Swimming with humpback whales

Swimming with humpback whales

Swim with the humpback whales in Queensland and Western Australia from July to October.

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Nature and Wildlife locations

Immerse yourself in the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, dive the Ningaloo Marine Park or swim with the turtles in the Great Barrier Reef. 

Ningaloo

Ningaloo

Dive the Ningaloo Marine Park, which protects a 260km fringing reef off Western Australia's mid north coast. Snorkel through coral lagoons in Coral Bay, swim with the huge whale shark, and 4WD red sand dunes in Cape Range National Park. The Indian Ocean Drive from Perth links Ningaloo with Shark Bay and the dolphins of Monkey Mia.

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Red Centre

Red Centre

Get a taste of the experiences you can have when you explore Australia's Red Centre.

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Australian Zoos

Australian Zoos

Australia's unique animals are a major drawcard for international visitors; and many zoos in Australia are among the world's best. Australia has both public and private zoos. Some Australian zoos showcase exotic species such as big cats and elephants; while others focus on Australian native animals and birds. Zoos and wildlife sanctuaries in Australia undertake vital environmental education and research for the conservation of endangered animals. Many zoos in Australia hold special events, 'behind the scenes' tours and overnight stays which include close encounters with the animals. Here is where to see koalas, kangaroos, wombats and Australia's other amazing animals. Australian Capital Territory The National Zoo and Aquarium on the outskirts of Canberra is Australia's only combined zoo and aquarium. It exhibits a wide variety of both Australian native and exotic animals and Australian marine life. There are daily talks by animal keepers, behind-the-scenes tours and times when visitors can handfeed the animals. See the collection of some of Australia's largest reptiles at the Canberra Reptile Zoo and Australian Reptile Centre at Nicholls, around 20 minutes’ from Canberra.

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Guide to the Great Barrier Reef

Guide to the Great Barrier Reef

Let us inspire you with our guide to things to do on the Great Barrier Reef. Sail the Whitsundays, seaplane over heart reef, see stingrays on Daydream Island or trek the Thorsborne trail!

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Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park

Immerse yourself in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, a natural and cultural wonder around three hours from Darwin. Discover detailed Aboriginal art galleries, hike to the top of rugged escarpments and cruise the wetlands past waterlilies, waterfalls, crocodiles and migratory birds. Drive the Nature's Way route from Darwin, or add Katherine and Arnhem Land for a longer Top End adventure.

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