If wildlife spotting is a passion, we can tailor-make your holiday in Australia to give you the best possible chances of encountering Australia's must-see species. Our specialists can plan your trip to make wildlife the main focus, or so it plays a part in a wider experience.
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Weird and wonderful Australian wildlife
Found in: Shark Bay, Western Australia
Dugongs are marine mammals that grow up to 3m long and weigh up to 400kg. Very docile creatures, they drift around in family groups, surfacing to breathe. Affectionately known as sea cows because they graze on sea grass, dugongs are among 16 endangered species that live in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area and Marine Park in Western Australia.
Found on: Rottnest Island, near Perth
The quokka is a pint-sized kangaroo found only on the island of Rottnest, 10 miles off Perth’s coast in Western Australia. The island is steeped in cultural history and is now a beautiful natural reserve, and the quokka is as important at attracting visitors as the stunning white beaches and dramatic scenery.
Found in: Daintree National Park
The cassowary is the third tallest bird in the world behind family members the ostrich and emu. A flightless bird, the cassowary lives in the rainforests of Northern Queensland. The female cassowary is larger than the male and weighs 47kg on average, with the males weighing an average of 38kg.
Found in: Central & Outback Australia
Most at home in the arid desert scrub, you'll find thorny devils across the sand plains of central and western Australia. They're covered in cone-shaped spines, which both protect them and help to collect water that is channelled through grooves to their mouth. For food, the thorny devils feast on ants, eating up to 1,000 in one sitting. Despite their ferocious spines they are hunted by bustards and goannas so their camouflage colouring and false head on the back of their necks are essential for survival.
Discover dugong in Shark Bay
Find quokkas on a little island off Perth
Cassowary live in Daintree National Park
Track down the thorny devil in central and western Australia