The wildlife in Australia is renowned across the globe. The unique animals that call Australia home are mysterious, magical, and admired throughout the world. As such, many people come to Australia not only to explore the beautiful landscape, but also to see the animals that live here. These animals are also not just on land. Thanks to the natural underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, there are plenty of unique fish and mammals that you can visit, too. Of course, there are plenty of ways to see these animals, from incredible zoos to wildlife encounters. This blog will explore the top Australian animal experiences, so you’ll know what to book and where to visit!
At the top of this list is the Great Barrier Reef, which is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, so a visit here is bucket list-worthy indeed. It has become one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the world thanks to the spectacular coral reef and the fish that call it home. There are over 3,000 individual reef systems and coral cays here, and it can be explored from a number of different spots throughout Queensland. Perhaps head up to Cairns and take a boat from there, or from further down the coast in the Whitsunday and Airlie Beach area. The reef can be explored via snorkelling or scuba diving: the further down you dive, the more animals you’ll find. Some highlights include marine turtles, sharks, rays, sea snakes, clownfish, dugong, and even humpback whales! If you don’t want to get in the water yourself, there are plenty of tours that offer glass-bottom boat experiences, so you can see the reef up close and stay dry at the same time.
This is such an incredible experience that can only be discovered in three spots in the world: in the Philippines, Mexico, and off the coast in Western Australia. However, what sets the WA experience apart is the marine conservation that happens here. The Ningaloo Reef is an incredible spot that is full of abundant wildlife, including, for a few months each year, the largest fish in the world. Indeed, the whale sharks are gentle giants that can be found off the coast between April and July each year as they migrate to warmer waters. You can swim alongside these beautiful creatures while participating in a boat tour from Exmouth in WA. But keep an eye out while swimming alongside the whale sharks as there are plenty of other marine life here, too! The highlights include dugongs, dolphins, turtles, and rays.