Two sea lions on the beach at Seal Bay Conservation Park in Kangaroo Island © Exceptional Kangaroo Island

Seal Bay Conservation Park, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

How to experience Australia’s wildlife responsibly

Tour group looking over the Mossman River in the Daintree National Park © FNQ Nature Tours

FNQ Nature Tours, Mossman River, Daintree National Park, Queensland © FNQ Nature Tours

Exceptional Kangaroo Island, Kangaroo Island, SA © Exceptional Kangaroo Island

For example, where holding a koala is allowed in Australia, koalas may only be handled for a maximum of 30 minutes per day.

Family views sea lions on the beach at Seal Bay Conservation Park on Kangaroo Island © South Australian Tourism Commission

Seal Bay Conservation Park, Kangaroo Island, South Australia © South Australian Tourism Commission

Quokkas on the beach in Rottnest Island © Allan Dixon

Quokka, Rottnest Island, Western Australia © Allan Dixon

Quokka, Rottnest Island, WA © James Vodicka

It’s still possible to snap that bucket list quokka or wombat selfie without touching them, just by giving the creatures a little more space.

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Kangaroo with joey in her pouch on Anglesea Golf Course in Anglesea © Visit Victoria

Kangaroos, Anglesea Golf Course, Anglesea, Victoria © Visit Victoria

Koala in the trees on Magnetic Island © Tourism and Events Queensland

Koala, Magnetic Island, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Phymatocarpus maxwellii wildflower, found in Fitzgerald River National Park © Tourism WA

Trees, wildflowers, corals and even shells are all-important for animals, and are best left where you find them. 

Peacock and a duck searching for food at Cataract Gorge in Launceston ©  Tourism Australia

Peacock and a duck, Cataract Gorge, Launceston, Tasmania ©  Tourism Australia

Travel tip

Seagulls are famous for their love of fish and chips, and can be a nuisance to picnickers. Don’t turn your back on your seaside snack, or a seagull may swoop in and steal your chips!

Cars stopped to let emus cross the road in Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park © South Australian Tourism Commission

Emus, Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia © South Australian Tourism Commission

A brush-tailed possum spotted at night on a Boutique Wildlife Tour in the Southern Highlands © Boutique Wildlife Tours

Brush-tailed possum, Boutique Wildlife Tours, Southern Highlands, New South Wales © Boutique Wildlife Tours