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Australia's Nature and wildlife

Australia has some of the world's most distinctive and diverse natural environments.


You'll find unique wildlife and spectacular landscapes, including many national parks and World Heritage Areas. Discover ancient rainforests on the fringes of modern cities, climb snow-capped mountains and swim in some of the purest water on earth. You'll also have the chance to get close to Australian animals in their natural habitats: snorkel with sea turtles on the Great Barrier Reef, walk among cute quokkas on Rottnest Island and see the daily parade of little penguins on Phillip Island. Here are just a few of Australia's natural experiences you won't want to miss.

Discover Australia's Nature and Wildlife locations

Guide to Ningaloo Reef

Guide to Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef is the best place on Earth to swim alongside the gentle whale shark.

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Red Centre Experiences and Attractions

Red Centre Experiences and Attractions

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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Guide to Kakadu National Park

Guide to Kakadu National Park

Experience the magic of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, a one hour 40 minute drive east of Darwin.

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Top Wildlife and Nature Experiences

9 Unique Australian Wildlife Experiences

9 Unique Australian Wildlife Experiences

Australia is perhaps best known for its extraordinary wildlife and the possibility of close interactions with amazing animals, whether you're floating alongside a whale shark, spying koalas napping in trees or spotting a crocodile on the banks of a billabong.

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Australia's Animals

Australia's Animals

In Australia we have many native animals. Some are very famous, such as koalas and kangaroos, while others may not be familiar to visitors.

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Top 5 places to see koalas in the wild

Top 5 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 and minke whales in Queensland and Western Australia from June to October.

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Upcoming Nature and Wildlife Events

Floriade
September - October16 - 15

Floriade

Floriade is an annual month-long celebration of spring in the heart of Australia's capital.

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The Truffle Festival - Canberra Region
June - August

The Truffle Festival - Canberra Region

Each year the Canberra region celebrates the arrival of winter with the ultimate foodie festival in honour of the prized black truffle.

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High Country Harvest Festival
May5 - 21

High Country Harvest Festival

Tour the region’s wild food, talk to a craft brewer, enjoy communal lunches and stock up at the famers markets.

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GMHBA Great Ocean Road Marathon
May20 - 21

GMHBA Great Ocean Road Marathon

Competitors and spectators alike will enjoy the stunning views on offer for this unique running event.

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Melbourne International Flower and Garden Sho...
March - April29 - 2

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

Marvel at the hall of flowers, see selected finalists recreate their boutique gardens for the show or dip into floral design workshops.

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