16 Incredible Australian Animal Encounters

Australia is an amazing country, whilst over there make sure you go meet some of the wildlife. Here are some of my favourites


All over Australia
All Year Round

These are the stereotypical Australian Mammal and the unofficial mascot. I will never get bored of watching them hopping around. They’re just awesome to watch, even better when they’re in the wild. Just soo different to anything I’ve ever seen before

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All Over Australia
All Year Round

From the same family as the Kangaroo and often mistaken for a small kangaroo. These are very similar to their larger cousin but still cool to see in their own right.

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Rottnest Island, WA
All Year Round

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The main tourist Attraction on Rottnest Island, near Perth in Western Australia.  You’ll spot these little ones all over the Island, the best way to explore is grab a bike and cycle around, you’ll soon spot one.




Various parts of the East Coast.
All Year Round

‘Psst.. I have a secret to tell you! It’s Friday!’ Image by @currumbinsanctuary on the @vistgoldcoast #thisisqueensland

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Living off eucalyptus trees and slow moving you can spot these animals all over the east coast, so don’t forget to look up!

If you are unlucky you always pop to a zoo where you’ll definitely find one.

Locations of Koala’s – wikipedia



Outback Australia
All Year Round

Location of Camels in Australia – Wikipedia

A surprising addition to the list – There are actually over 750,000 camels roaming the outback and actually cause great damage because of their size of numbers. These are now rounded up for export to Sudia Arabia, UAE and other countries.

They were first brought to Australia for their use in transport but where released to the wild as transport has negated their use and left uncontrolled without any natural predators their numbers of shot up.



Various Parts of NSW, QLD and WA
All Year round

Dolphins are one of the coolest creatures you can meet and there are various locations around Australia you can view these in the wild.The Most Popular in WA is Monkey Mia. They can also be seen in Hervey Bay in Queensland and Byron Bay in NSW plus various other spots up the east coast. Most of these places will offer organised trips so jump on board.


Various parts of East Coast and WA.
Most of the year

Humpback whales can be seen in various locations around Australia, for specific details check the Environment Agency’s Website. The image below shows various viewing locations around Australia.

Most of these locations will have organised day trips out to view the whales; Make sure you charge your cameras!



November and January for nesting, and January to March for hatching.

Theres a couple of spots in Queensland you can go see the turtles from the Great Barrier Reef come to land to nest and lay their eggs. Mon Repos, near Bundaberg and Heron Island

This is an incredible experience and I definitely recommend it.


Saltwater Crocodiles

North Queensland, Northern Territory
All Year Round

These awesome creatures made famous by Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter. You can see these in the wild at various locations, if you dare, or from the safety of Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo

Swim with Whale Sharks

Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
March – September

This has to be on everybody’s bucketlist. Organised tours go pretty much every day in the season and they send scout planes to go find the Whale Sharks from the sky and so can pretty much guarantee a sighting everytime. It isn’t a cheap day out but its incredible!

Looking forward to seeing our friendly gentle giants in the New Year…. #rollon2016 #whalesharkdive

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Tasmania, Inland Queensland, New South Wales & Victoria
Dawn and Dusk

Locations of Platypus Wikipedia

Not exactly an organised tour, more of a game of pot luck but these strange looking creatures are only found in Australia, so its worth looking out for.

The Platypus is a unique Australian species. Along with echidnas, Platypuses are grouped in a separate order of mammals known as monotremes, which are distinguished from all other mammals because they lay eggs. Platypus is well adapted for semi-aquatic lifestyle. Its streamline body and a broad, flat tail are covered with dense waterproof fur, which provides excellent thermal insulation. The Platypus propels itself through the water by using its front, short, webbed limbs, and the partially-webbed hind feet act as rudders. Platypuses occur in freshwater systems from tropical rainforest lowlands and plateaus of far northern Queensland to cold, high altitudes of Tasmania and the Australian Alps. The Platypus feeds mainly during the night on a wide variety of aquatic invertebrates. The average foraging periods last for 10-12 hours per day, and the distances the animals move during this time vary between individuals and their distribution. The animal closes its eyes, ears and nostrils when foraging underwater and its primary sense organ is the bill, equipped with receptors sensitive to pressure, and with electro-receptors. Photo: Pieces of Victoria #platypus #australia #animals #animalfreedom #vegan #equality #animalequality #animalcruelty #sustainablefuture #cute #amazing #beautiful #nature #naturalbeauty #safari #zoo #diversity #mammals #animallovers #animalsoftheworld #adorable #photooftheday #love #exoticanimals #peace

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South East Australia, Tasmania
All Year Round

Growing up to 1.3m and weighing up to 36kg, these stocky marsupials spend most of their day eating grass.


Actually go and Find Nemo! (Clownfish)

Ningaloo Reef & The Great Barrier Reef
All Year Round.

These awesome little fish live in their host anemone and unlike the film, don’t really move, so if you’re in the right area they’re fairly easy to find. Most Dive guides will know the locations and point them out to you.

PS – they make a great selfie.

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Dive with Manta Rays

Ningaloo Reef, WA & Great Barrier Reef, QLD
All Year Round

Another incredible animal to go and see, organised tours can take you diving or snorkeling with these graceful creatures which can grow up to 7m wide and its an amazing feeling as they glide past you.



Most of Australia
All Year Round

Dingos – Wikipedia

These cute dog looking animals are free ranging and wild and should be treated as such, normally encountered when camping, so be careful if you leave food out. They are normally tame but are known to attack other animals and as such a large fence; the Dingo fence which stretches thousands of miles was constructed to protect farmers livestock.

You’re pretty much guaranteed a sighting on Fraser Island, QLD where they seem extremely nonchalant about humans being there.


Cage Diving with Great White Sharks

Point Lincoln, SA
All Year Round

This is probably the scariest encounter you can get involved in. Take your GoPro. Its scary as but an incredible experience, it was on my Bucket list and I’m so glad I did it! There is only a few places in the world you can do this and Port Lincoln is one of those!

We often get asked what it is like to dive in our cage. This photo gives you a good idea of how our cage floats on the surface. You can jump in without any previous dive experience. This photo was taken on Thursdays charter. Today’s tour saw 2 sharks. ▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂ To check out our videos please follow @calypsostarcharters.videos ▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂▂ #portlincoln #calypsostarcharters #shark #sharkdiving #cagediving #sharkcagediving #neptuneislands #ecofriendly #ecocertified #discoversharks #gopro #goprooftheday #Earthpix #NakedPlanet #wildlifeonearth #awesomeearth #famouscaptures #animalsaddict #greatwhiteshark #natgeoanml #tourtheocean #knektusa #earth_deluxe #awesomeecaptures #lifeonplanet #madeofocean #southaustralia #seeaustralia #earthfocus

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Well that’s my list…. What would you add?



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