If you’re heading here as a visitor (and sorted your visitor cover) you may need our handy guide on some of Australia’s native animals and the best places to spot them.
Dingos are wild dogs that live all across Australia’s bushland. The best places to spot them are Queensland’s Fraser Island, the Kimberley in Western Australia and the deserts in Northern Territory and South Australia.
There are 55 different native species of kangaroos and wallabies (a smaller species of kangaroo). Hopping up to speeds of 71km/h, they can be very dangerous if you find yourself in a boxing match with one. Kangaroos can often be spotted at dusk in most grassland areas, but for the best chance to see them, head to Namadgi and Kosciuszko National Parks in the Australian Alps, Pebbly Beach in New South Wales and Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park.
Despite popular belief, our koalas are not bears. They live in eucalyptus tree branches and can sleep up to 18-20 hours a day. You can spot koalas at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve near Canberra, Port Stephens in New South Wales and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Queensland.
Wombats are stout, burrowing animals that can weigh up to 36 kilograms. Some of the best places to see them in the wild are the Blue Mountains National Park in New South Wales, Wilsons Promontory in Victoria and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania.