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Many of the Australian.com to full day tours out of the city will allow you to cross paths with various sorts of wildlife in the wild.

There are many other forms of wildlife you can see in the wild though since most wildlife is nocturnal, you are most likely to see it at sunrise and sundown. What you see in various locations around Australia will depend a bit on where you are. Below are the most common you will see:

KANGAROOS

The Kangaroo is Australia’s most iconic animal to see, along with Koalas. Kangaroos and wallabies can easily be found in the wild in most rural parts of Australia and there are more than fifty different native species of Kangaroos and wallabies in Australia.

THE WOMBAT

Native to Australia, wombats are cute, stout and burrowing animals that can grow quite big.  They live underground by digging extensive burrow systems and move quite slowly. The best places to see wild wombats are at the Blue Mountains National Park in NSW, or the Wilsons Promontory in Victoria.

KOALAS

Koalas are the cutest bears in the world and their fur is just as soft as you would imagine. Many wildlife parks in Australia will allow you to pet them at set hours during the day and some will let you hold them. But if you would prefer to see this cute creature in it’s natural habitat, they live high in gumtrees and eat and sleep all day.  You can find them along Australia’s eastern coast in Victoria and Queensland and there are plenty on Kangaroo Island.

THE PLATYPUS

The Platypus is part of the family of the monotremes animal group that can only be found in Australia. The Platypus are generally a shy animal and looks like a cross between a duck, beaver (tail), and otter (fur and body). They live in burrows they dig into the banks of rivers, but your best chances are by quiet rivers of the eastern coastal areas and in Tasmania.

THE TASMANIAN DEVIL

Besides in wildlife parks, the famously elusive and erratic Tasmanian devil can only be found in the wild in Tasmania. Interestingly enough, early European settlers called the marsupial “The Devil” due to its spine-chilling screeches, black colour, and reputed bad temper.

BIRDS

The collection of native birds that can be found in Australia is astonishing and unique. Being a remote, large and diverse island,  400 of the 800 bird species listed cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Emus, Cassowary’s, Honeyeaters, Cockatoo’s,  Kookaburras are a few common birds you will find unique to Australia.

CROCODILES

There are crocodiles in the very north of Australian, especially in Darwin and Cape York Region. Around Darwin, there are Crocodile spotting tours that you can safely go on in boats where you can spot crocodiles in their natural habitat.

THE DINGO

The Dingo is Australia’s largest Carnivorous mammal and can be found across all of Australia, except in Tasmania. The Dingo is Australia’s wild dog and the best places to see them is on Queensland’s Fraser Island, Western Australia’s Kimberley and across the deserts of the Northern Territory and South Australia.

Most wildlife tours, say to the Blue Mountains outside Sydney, or the Atherton Tableland behind Cairns, will show you kangaroos, crocodiles and if you’re lucky,  a cassowary or emu (large flightless bird that resemble the ostrich).

Kangaroos are just about everywhere and if you are self driving for any part of your trip, then you will likely spend some of your time avoiding hitting them on the roads.

There are many other forms of wildlife you can see in the wild though since most wildlife is nocturnal, you are most likely to see it at sunrise and sundown.

Any of the good wildlife tours, say to the Blue Mountains outside Sydney, or the Atherton Tableland behind Cairns, will show you kangaroos, crocodiles and if you’re lucky,  a cassowary or emu (large flightless bird that resemble the ostrich).

If you miss the chance to see wildlife in the wild, book tours on Australian.com to include the wildlife parks in Melbourne, Sydney, Tasmania, Brisbane and Cairns.

 Kangaroos are just about everywhere and if you are self driving for any part of your trip, then you will likely spend some of your time avoiding hitting them on the roads

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