Your guide to Australia’s wealth of unique natural and wildlife experiences
Abundantly endowed with natural wonders, Australia is the perfect destination for experiencing nature and wildlife in its truest element
SURREAL SEA CLIFFS
Standing majestically over the crashing waves down below, the 300m high dolerite sea cliffs at the bottom of the Tasman Peninsula are a true vision to behold. The cliffs are one of the many attractions that make the Tasman National Park a must-see stop for visitors. Not only does the park showcase some of Australia’s most beautiful natural landscapes, it is also home to a wide variety of land and marine animals. Look out for brushtail possums, Australian fur seals, dolphins as well as migrating whales in their natural habitat.
THE PINNACLES, NAMBUNG
A desert known also for it’s beautiful beaches, Pinnacles Desert at Nambung National Park showcases the continent’s wondrous coastal dune systems. The park bursts into bloom from August to October, and the flowers are a sight to behold. Located just two hours from Perth, The Pinnacles constitute a collection of weathered limestone pillars that protrude from the desert. A desert that exists so close to the water is the first of many wondrous anomalies in the natural landscape of Australia.
STROMATOLITES OF HAMELIN POOL, SHARK BAY
The oldest stromatolites in the world are found in Western Australia, known to be 3.7 billion years old. The Hamelin Pool in Western Australia is one of four remaining places on the planet where marine stromatolites exist, and the location is also known to contain its biggest colony on Earth. The marine stromatolites of Hamelin Pool are also known to be the best example of their kind on Earth.
Equal parts intimidating and fascinating, the sight of saltwater crocs swim by is thrilling experience. The massive Northern Territory crocodile with a ridged back moves through the water noiselessly, leaving only minor ripples as it slides just under the surface. Head on a two hour cruise on Yellow Water Billabong at the heart of Kakadu National Park to witness these predators in their natural habitat.
Native to Australia, the wombat is a solid, rotund animal with short legs and twitching noses. These marsupials are essentially nocturnal creatures, but they emerge from their burrows at dusk to feed on grasses. Head to the Wilsons Promontory National Park in Victoria to catch a glimpse of wombats at the entrance to the main beach, and on the camping grounds. The park is also home to other furry friends, including kangaroos, as well as birds such as emus and echidnas.
GREET A TASMANIAN DEVIL
The largest carnivorous marsupial in the world, the Tasmanian devil is yet another furry buddy you’ll want to meet on your Australian adventure. The luxury hotel Saffire Freycinet in Tasmania runs a retirement home for the Tasmanian devils. Here, guests are welcome to observe the endangered animals in all their natural glory.
INTO THE OCEAN PADDLE ALONGSIDE DWARF MINKE WHALES
Gain a friendly swimming companion as you dive into the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. The only place on the planet where they’ve been known to congregate and feed, the experience leaves each one of its witnesses speechless and in awe of these inquisitive creatures. Head here between May and August each year to meet the minke whales yourself on a day trip, overnight expedition, or on a boat departing from Cairns or
BE PLAYMATES WITH SEA PUPPIES
If you’re looking to play a bit of Marco Polo in the water, find a playmate in the friendly sea lions. These chirpy and playful creatures may even swim right up to befriend you before putting on an aquarobics show, with antics that justify their reputation as “puppies of the sea”. Go for a swim with these cute critters in the clear waters of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. Don’t forget to pack an underwater camera to capture them in all their playful glory.
Known for their plaintive songs that can often go on for hours on end, Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast is the perfect place to visit the magnificent humpback whales. Sunshine Coast is part of the ‘Humpback Highway’, a route that these whales swim past each year on their way north to the breeding grounds. Go whale watching with Sunreef Mooloolaba, and get ready for the phenomenal experience of coming eye to eye with a whale, one that is often described as a highly emotional one.
GREAT WHITE SHARK DIVE IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Get stoked on thrills as you cage-dive to witness the great white shark in its natural abode. You will enter a cage that is lowered underwater, keeping safety a priority of course. Experience adrenaline-pumped action as the shark powers towards meat dangled in front of you. While the cage is secure, the experience is sure to make you jump. If you’re looking to stay dry as you plunge into the ocean, try the glass aqua-sub. But if you’re looking to really brave it, amp the fear factor by going for the dive at twilight.
Swim alongside playful sea lions Photo: Tourism Australia
Limestone pillars at the Pinnacles, Nambung National Park Photo: Tourism Australia
Watch wombats feed on grasses Photo: Tourism Australia
The dolerite sea cliffs of the Tasman peninsula Photo: Sean Scott Photography
Watch magnificent whales in their natural habvitat Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland
Witness saltwater crocodiles as they hunt mullets Photo: Kakadu National Park