Wildlife

Australia is a place of exceptional natural beauty where ancient rainforests and vast national parks, rugged mountain ranges and reefs, beaches, and waterways, provide sanctuary to Australia’s wondrous wildlife. Australia has more than 20,000 plant species and 2,300 animal and bird species. Most of these are only found in Australia. Australia's most famous and unique wildlife include kangaroo, wallaby, koala, wombat, echidna, platypus, emu, galah and the ever laughing kookaburra. But there are many more.

Australia’s environment is one of the most diverse on earth and its landscape is one of the oldest. Its flora and fauna have evolved in isolation for 45 million years, untouched by the upheavals of the world’s continental plates. The result is a unique, highly specialised and very fragile environment.

The majority of the Luxury Lodges of Australia, all of which have been built in harmony with their natural surrounds, are located near or within National Parks, World Heritage areas, or pristine landscapes.

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The Beach Billabong, upstream from the lodge, is a tranquil and calming place to sit with your feet in the … More »

The Beach Billabong, upstream from the lodge, is a tranquil and calming place to sit … More »

The Beach Billabong, upstream from the lodge, is a tranquil and calming place to sit with your feet in the water with the sight and sound of the gentle waterfall in the background.   More »

Embrace your inner explorer and ‘Heli Hike’ along the spine of Arkaba's very own rainbow-hued Elder Range. More »

Embrace your inner explorer and ‘Heli Hike’ along the spine of Arkaba's very own rainbow-hued … More »

Embrace your inner explorer and ‘Heli Hike’ along the spine of Arkaba's very own rainbow-hued Elder Range. More »

Push out a kayak from the riverbank in front of the lodge and meander along, exploring the lush rainforest and … More »

Push out a kayak from the riverbank in front of the lodge and meander along, … More »

Push out a kayak from the riverbank in front of the lodge and meander along, exploring the lush rainforest and the river life enveloped by the green canopy. More »

A half-day experience exclusive to Lodge guests, providing a spectacular introduction to Kangaroo Island’s wildlife, maritime heritage and stunning coastal … More »

A half-day experience exclusive to Lodge guests, providing a spectacular introduction to Kangaroo Island’s wildlife, … More »

A half-day experience exclusive to Lodge guests, providing a spectacular introduction to Kangaroo Island’s wildlife, maritime heritage and stunning coastal landscapes. More »

The environment at Mount Mulligan supports a range of fauna and flora with agile wallabies often spotted around the lodge … More »

The environment at Mount Mulligan supports a range of fauna and flora with agile wallabies … More »

The environment at Mount Mulligan supports a range of fauna and flora with agile wallabies often spotted around the lodge and frequent opportunities to sight rainbow lorikeets, kookaburras and noisy friar birds. More »

Admirals Arch is a magnificent coastal archway sculptured by the wind and sea and where fur seals play on the … More »

Admirals Arch is a magnificent coastal archway sculptured by the wind and sea and where … More »

Admirals Arch is a magnificent coastal archway sculptured by the wind and sea and where fur seals play on the shore platform below. More »

The weir at Mount Mulligan is home to Australian Barramundi. Cast your line from the riverbank or a kayak and … More »

The weir at Mount Mulligan is home to Australian Barramundi. Cast your line from the … More »

The weir at Mount Mulligan is home to Australian Barramundi. Cast your line from the riverbank or a kayak and try your luck. More »

Gaining a true insight into what’s involved in conservation is one of the most rewarding experiences. More »

Gaining a true insight into what’s involved in conservation is one of the most rewarding … More »

Gaining a true insight into what’s involved in conservation is one of the most rewarding experiences. More »

An Arkaba walking safari is an opportunity to experience the sights and sounds, the scale and the space of outback … More »

An Arkaba walking safari is an opportunity to experience the sights and sounds, the scale … More »

An Arkaba walking safari is an opportunity to experience the sights and sounds, the scale and the space of outback Australia. More »

The Barramundi is Australia’s most prized sports fish and from February to April, Bamurru Plains is transformed into a fishing … More »

The Barramundi is Australia’s most prized sports fish and from February to April, Bamurru Plains … More »

The Barramundi is Australia’s most prized sports fish and from February to April, Bamurru Plains is transformed into a fishing lodge. More »

Sal Salis' guided kayak-snorkel tours take you further off shore to snorkel some of the deeper lagoons. More »

Sal Salis' guided kayak-snorkel tours take you further off shore to snorkel some of the … More »

Sal Salis' guided kayak-snorkel tours take you further off shore to snorkel some of the deeper lagoons. More »

A trip by airboat is utterly exhilarating and the only way to truly experience the Top End wetlands. More »

A trip by airboat is utterly exhilarating and the only way to truly experience the … More »

A trip by airboat is utterly exhilarating and the only way to truly experience the Top End wetlands. More »

Visit in late winter and witness vibrant wildflower blooms that contrast with the pindan earth, rugged canyons and the turquoise … More »

Visit in late winter and witness vibrant wildflower blooms that contrast with the pindan earth, … More »

Visit in late winter and witness vibrant wildflower blooms that contrast with the pindan earth, rugged canyons and the turquoise sea. More »

You’ll see kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies, possibly even wedge-tailed eagles. Visit the Wollemi Pine Grove to see one of the … More »

You’ll see kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies, possibly even wedge-tailed eagles. Visit the Wollemi Pine Grove … More »

You’ll see kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies, possibly even wedge-tailed eagles. Visit the Wollemi Pine Grove to see one of the world’s rarest trees. More »

Signature Kangas and Kanapes Sunset Drinks experience with a chance to soak up the history of the early island settlers … More »

Signature Kangas and Kanapes Sunset Drinks experience with a chance to soak up the history … More »

Signature Kangas and Kanapes Sunset Drinks experience with a chance to soak up the history of the early island settlers at Grassdale. More »

A series of hiking trails starting right from the doorstep of Southern Ocean Lodge offers walks of varying degrees of difficulty, … More »

A series of hiking trails starting right from the doorstep of Southern Ocean Lodge offers walks … More »

A series of hiking trails starting right from the doorstep of Southern Ocean Lodge offers walks of varying degrees of difficulty, from a 7km circuit to a 12km half-day trek. More »

An exclusive excursion to Seal Bay Conservation Park where a walk among the ‘locals’ offers an experience reminiscent of the … More »

An exclusive excursion to Seal Bay Conservation Park where a walk among the ‘locals’ offers … More »

An exclusive excursion to Seal Bay Conservation Park where a walk among the ‘locals’ offers an experience reminiscent of the Galapagos. More »

Widely regarded as Australia's Galapagos, native animals including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and echidnas can all be found in abundance on … More »

Widely regarded as Australia's Galapagos, native animals including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and echidnas can all … More »

Widely regarded as Australia's Galapagos, native animals including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and echidnas can all be found in abundance on Kangaroo Island. More »

With neither monsoon season nor stingers, exploring the underwater world surrounding Lord Howe Island is easy year-round. More »

With neither monsoon season nor stingers, exploring the underwater world surrounding Lord Howe Island is … More »

With neither monsoon season nor stingers, exploring the underwater world surrounding Lord Howe Island is easy year-round. More »

The world’s largest sea stack is home to extraordinary birdlife and the waters surrounding Balls Pyramid are teeming with marine … More »

The world’s largest sea stack is home to extraordinary birdlife and the waters surrounding Balls … More »

The world’s largest sea stack is home to extraordinary birdlife and the waters surrounding Balls Pyramid are teeming with marine life. More »

Numerous marked trails traverse the island, from easy grade paths through palm groves and rainforest to challenging mountain assaults. More »

Numerous marked trails traverse the island, from easy grade paths through palm groves and rainforest … More »

Numerous marked trails traverse the island, from easy grade paths through palm groves and rainforest to challenging mountain assaults. More »

This easy guided walk affords a bird’s eye view of thundering waves crashing along the coastline learning about local flora, … More »

This easy guided walk affords a bird’s eye view of thundering waves crashing along the … More »

This easy guided walk affords a bird’s eye view of thundering waves crashing along the coastline learning about local flora, fauna and coastline ecosystems. More »

Guests of Lizard Island Resort can enjoy an extensive range of activities including snorkelling directly off a private beach, as well as the … More »

Guests of Lizard Island Resort can enjoy an extensive range of activities including snorkelling directly off a private … More »

Guests of Lizard Island Resort can enjoy an extensive range of activities including snorkelling directly off a private beach, as well as the unlimited use of non-motorised water sports and motorised dinghies. More »

Bush hikes, fossil hunting, mountain biking, horse riding and archery are among the many activities available for young budding rangers. More »

Bush hikes, fossil hunting, mountain biking, horse riding and archery are among the many activities … More »

Bush hikes, fossil hunting, mountain biking, horse riding and archery are among the many activities available for young budding rangers. More »

Regular sightings of the resident pair of dancing Brolgas, colourful Rainbow Bee-Eaters, the endangered Gouldian Finch or Sea Eagles feeding … More »

Regular sightings of the resident pair of dancing Brolgas, colourful Rainbow Bee-Eaters, the endangered Gouldian … More »

Regular sightings of the resident pair of dancing Brolgas, colourful Rainbow Bee-Eaters, the endangered Gouldian Finch or Sea Eagles feeding their young. More »

Circumnavigate the Cockburn Range while taking in the highlights of El Questro’s northern boundaries. More »

Circumnavigate the Cockburn Range while taking in the highlights of El Questro’s northern boundaries. More »

Circumnavigate the Cockburn Range while taking in the highlights of El Questro’s northern boundaries. More »

From July through to November view these majestic creatures up close as they make their annual migration between the Antarctic … More »

From July through to November view these majestic creatures up close as they make their … More »

From July through to November view these majestic creatures up close as they make their annual migration between the Antarctic and the pristine waters off Western Australia's South West Coast. More »

There is no better person who can ensure you make the most of your time on the island, whatever your … More »

There is no better person who can ensure you make the most of your time … More »

There is no better person who can ensure you make the most of your time on the island, whatever your interests. More »

Resting on an almost continuous belt of National Park and reserves, dedicated mountain bike trails line the property with surrounds … More »

Resting on an almost continuous belt of National Park and reserves, dedicated mountain bike trails … More »

Resting on an almost continuous belt of National Park and reserves, dedicated mountain bike trails line the property with surrounds of unique plants, wildlife and a stunning landscape.  More »

Be engaged by close-up interactions with soaring sea birds, playful marine mammals and a diversity of life on Tasmania’s temperate … More »

Be engaged by close-up interactions with soaring sea birds, playful marine mammals and a diversity … More »

Be engaged by close-up interactions with soaring sea birds, playful marine mammals and a diversity of life on Tasmania’s temperate reefs. More »

Head off on a four hour guided hike to Spicers Gap learning about the seasonal changes to the landscape as … More »

Head off on a four hour guided hike to Spicers Gap learning about the seasonal … More »

Head off on a four hour guided hike to Spicers Gap learning about the seasonal changes to the landscape as well as local flora and fauna. More »

Take in the KI coastline, visiting secluded beaches and encountering dolphins and a variety of seabirds along the way, including sea eagles, … More »

Take in the KI coastline, visiting secluded beaches and encountering dolphins and a variety of seabirds along … More »

Take in the KI coastline, visiting secluded beaches and encountering dolphins and a variety of seabirds along the way, including sea eagles, albatross and pelicans. More »

All year round, but their furred and feathered friends are especially active from September to December. More »

All year round, but their furred and feathered friends are especially active from September to … More »

All year round, but their furred and feathered friends are especially active from September to December. More »

There are some magnificent National Parks in the region, two of which are World Heritage listed. Many Australian wildlife and … More »

There are some magnificent National Parks in the region, two of which are World Heritage … More »

There are some magnificent National Parks in the region, two of which are World Heritage listed. Many Australian wildlife and rare and threatened species occupy these habitats. More »

Fly by helicopter to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, with stunning aerial views of Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach and the … More »

Fly by helicopter to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, with stunning aerial views of Heart … More »

Fly by helicopter to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, with stunning aerial views of Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach and the Whitsunday Passage en route. More »

From July through to September Humpback Whales and Minke Whales make their migration through the outer reef to warmer waters … More »

From July through to September Humpback Whales and Minke Whales make their migration through the … More »

From July through to September Humpback Whales and Minke Whales make their migration through the outer reef to warmer waters for calving. More »

Resident Naturalists share their knowledge and passion of local flora and fauna with guided walks across the island and at … More »

Resident Naturalists share their knowledge and passion of local flora and fauna with guided walks … More »

Resident Naturalists share their knowledge and passion of local flora and fauna with guided walks across the island and at pre-dinner video and talk presentations.  More »

Despite the often harsh climate, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is home to hundreds of different animal and bird species. More »

Despite the often harsh climate, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is home to hundreds of different … More »

Despite the often harsh climate, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is home to hundreds of different animal and bird species. More »

Local reef snorkelling tours are available to explore the nearby Clam Gardens, Mermaid Cove or Horseshoe Reefs on a guided … More »

Local reef snorkelling tours are available to explore the nearby Clam Gardens, Mermaid Cove or … More »

Local reef snorkelling tours are available to explore the nearby Clam Gardens, Mermaid Cove or Horseshoe Reefs on a guided local snorkel tour with an expert marine and dive team.  More »

An El Questro ranger will take your family on a private cruise of this 3 km fresh waterhole in the … More »

An El Questro ranger will take your family on a private cruise of this 3 … More »

An El Questro ranger will take your family on a private cruise of this 3 km fresh waterhole in the Homestead’s private “dinghy”. More »

During the months of June to September you can spot these beautiful creatures in the waters around the Whitsunday islands … More »

During the months of June to September you can spot these beautiful creatures in the … More »

During the months of June to September you can spot these beautiful creatures in the waters around the Whitsunday islands and occasionally on the Great Barrier Reef.  More »

Guests of Pretty Beach House embark on a journey of discovery about the rare, locally grown Australian Akoya Pearl. More »

Guests of Pretty Beach House embark on a journey of discovery about the rare, locally … More »

Guests of Pretty Beach House embark on a journey of discovery about the rare, locally grown Australian Akoya Pearl. More »

78 species of bird have been recorded in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, including several rare species such as the Scarlet-chested … More »

78 species of bird have been recorded in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, including several rare … More »

78 species of bird have been recorded in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, including several rare species such as the Scarlet-chested parrot, the Striated grasswren and the Grey honeyeater. More »

Gentle whales can sometimes be seen during November/December and May-July during their migration to and from Antarctica. More »

Gentle whales can sometimes be seen during November/December and May-July during their migration to and … More »

Gentle whales can sometimes be seen during November/December and May-July during their migration to and from Antarctica. More »

Each year between mid-March and July these slow-moving, gentle, filter-feeding giants migrate past Ningaloo Reef. More »

Each year between mid-March and July these slow-moving, gentle, filter-feeding giants migrate past Ningaloo Reef. More »

Each year between mid-March and July these slow-moving, gentle, filter-feeding giants migrate past Ningaloo Reef. More »

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Australian bush, with iconic kangaroos in their natural habitat. More »

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Australian bush, with iconic kangaroos in their … More »

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Australian bush, with iconic kangaroos in their natural habitat. More »

Discover the internationally acclaimed Wineglass Bay on a picturesque boat journey aboard Saffire. More »

Discover the internationally acclaimed Wineglass Bay on a picturesque boat journey aboard Saffire. More »

Discover the internationally acclaimed Wineglass Bay on a picturesque boat journey aboard Saffire. More »

Guests at Sal Salis now have the opportunity to swim with Humpback Whales from August to October each year.  More »

Guests at Sal Salis now have the opportunity to swim with Humpback Whales from August … More »

Guests at Sal Salis now have the opportunity to swim with Humpback Whales from August to October each year.  More »

Visit Saffire’s open-range devil enclosure and encounter these rare and unique creatures in a natural setting led by knowledgeable guides. … More »

Visit Saffire’s open-range devil enclosure and encounter these rare and unique creatures in a natural … More »

Visit Saffire’s open-range devil enclosure and encounter these rare and unique creatures in a natural setting led by knowledgeable guides. More »

Walk along the top of the spectacular multi-coloured Yardie Creek Gorge, looking out for black-footed rock wallabies, honeyeaters and emus More »

Walk along the top of the spectacular multi-coloured Yardie Creek Gorge, looking out for black-footed … More »

Walk along the top of the spectacular multi-coloured Yardie Creek Gorge, looking out for black-footed rock wallabies, honeyeaters and emus More »

Ningaloo Reef is arguably the best preserved reef complex in the world and it lies just a few metres offshore … More »

Ningaloo Reef is arguably the best preserved reef complex in the world and it lies … More »

Ningaloo Reef is arguably the best preserved reef complex in the world and it lies just a few metres offshore from Sal Salis.  More »

Explore the magnificent nocturnal world of the Blue Mountains, where the native wildlife is most active and the stars shine … More »

Explore the magnificent nocturnal world of the Blue Mountains, where the native wildlife is most … More »

Explore the magnificent nocturnal world of the Blue Mountains, where the native wildlife is most active and the stars shine brightly. More »

A picturesque section of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail beginning at Remarkable Rocks. More »

A picturesque section of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail beginning at Remarkable Rocks. More »

A picturesque section of the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail beginning at Remarkable Rocks. More »

The tour begins as the sun begins its slow descent towards the horizon, eventually casting a golden hue across the … More »

The tour begins as the sun begins its slow descent towards the horizon, eventually casting … More »

The tour begins as the sun begins its slow descent towards the horizon, eventually casting a golden hue across the ancient sandstone of the escarpments. More »

An area where over 150 bird species have been observed, providing habitat for a diversity of woodland, grassland and freshwater … More »

An area where over 150 bird species have been observed, providing habitat for a diversity … More »

An area where over 150 bird species have been observed, providing habitat for a diversity of woodland, grassland and freshwater species. More »

Make a ‘hands on’ contribution to the protection of the reserve, an important habitat for native wildlife and help protect … More »

Make a ‘hands on’ contribution to the protection of the reserve, an important habitat for … More »

Make a ‘hands on’ contribution to the protection of the reserve, an important habitat for native wildlife and help protect the health of the beautiful Carne Creek and Wolgan River. More »

See the majestic beauty of the humpback whale during their migration to/from Antarctica up the east coast of Australia. More »

See the majestic beauty of the humpback whale during their migration to/from Antarctica up the … More »

See the majestic beauty of the humpback whale during their migration to/from Antarctica up the east coast of Australia. More »

Visit the platypus pool, as it's fondly referred to, keeping as quiet as possible to catch a glimpse of the … More »

Visit the platypus pool, as it's fondly referred to, keeping as quiet as possible to … More »

Visit the platypus pool, as it's fondly referred to, keeping as quiet as possible to catch a glimpse of the resident platypus. More »

The 7,000-acre reserve provides a range of scenic hiking experiences through a diversity of beautiful terrain. More »

The 7,000-acre reserve provides a range of scenic hiking experiences through a diversity of beautiful … More »

The 7,000-acre reserve provides a range of scenic hiking experiences through a diversity of beautiful terrain. More »

Wolgan Valley and the Blue Mountains were made for riding and by horseback is one of the most rewarding ways … More »

Wolgan Valley and the Blue Mountains were made for riding and by horseback is one … More »

Wolgan Valley and the Blue Mountains were made for riding and by horseback is one of the most rewarding ways to explore the region’s beautiful hills, creeks and ridgelines. More »

The island’s teaming colonies of seabirds can be viewed at different times of year, including red-tailed tropic birds, shearwaters (mutton … More »

The island’s teaming colonies of seabirds can be viewed at different times of year, including … More »

The island’s teaming colonies of seabirds can be viewed at different times of year, including red-tailed tropic birds, shearwaters (mutton birds), sooty turns and masked boobies. More »

Experience the emotive beauty that accompanies the end of the wet season onboard TRUE NORTH's The Kimberley Waterfalls itinerary. More »

Experience the emotive beauty that accompanies the end of the wet season onboard TRUE NORTH's … More »

Experience the emotive beauty that accompanies the end of the wet season onboard TRUE NORTH's The Kimberley Waterfalls itinerary. More »

Wildlife Tour at The Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park, a once in a lifetime experience and a must for International guests. More »

Wildlife Tour at The Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park, a once in a lifetime experience and … More »

Wildlife Tour at The Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park, a once in a lifetime experience and a must for International guests. More »

At any time of day, wade into the shallows at Neds Beach to hand-feed the mullet, wrasse, garfish, silver-drummer, spangled-emperor … More »

At any time of day, wade into the shallows at Neds Beach to hand-feed the … More »

At any time of day, wade into the shallows at Neds Beach to hand-feed the mullet, wrasse, garfish, silver-drummer, spangled-emperor and of course the royalty of Lord Howe fish, metre-long kingfish. More »

The Kimberley is a superb destination for bird watching year round, although the drier months are when birdlife is more … More »

The Kimberley is a superb destination for bird watching year round, although the drier months … More »

The Kimberley is a superb destination for bird watching year round, although the drier months are when birdlife is more noticeable around billabongs and other watering points.  More »

Lord Howe Island’s protected marine environment makes an ideal home to both green sea turtles and hawksbills and visitors to … More »

Lord Howe Island’s protected marine environment makes an ideal home to both green sea turtles … More »

Lord Howe Island’s protected marine environment makes an ideal home to both green sea turtles and hawksbills and visitors to the island over the extended summer months will likely encounter them. More »

During July-September Humpbacks and other whale species become a common sight for those onboard TRUE NORTH as the itineraries visit … More »

During July-September Humpbacks and other whale species become a common sight for those onboard TRUE … More »

During July-September Humpbacks and other whale species become a common sight for those onboard TRUE NORTH as the itineraries visit the Kimberley coast.  More »

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