Exploring Australia’s wildlife to photograph its amazing animals
One thing everyone loves about Australia is the huge country-slash-continent’s rich wildlife.
Spotting and photographing all the magnificent (sometimes bizarre) animals has become one of the favorite pastimes of Aussies and a dream come true for many explorers – veteran or first timers who are looking to take a picture together with the animals. If you’re yet to purchase a gear, then start by going online and reading reviews about the best video cameras currently available. A combination of action camera and digicam is perfect for capturing the wildlife actively or in the spur of the moment.
Here are the places you can explore to take a quick snap or video of your favorite animals from Down Under.
Kangaroo. Nothing spells Australia’s wildlife better than Kangaroos. There are approximately 34 million kangaroos living in Australia so it goes without saying that they’re not very hard to find. Be careful when driving in some remote roads since some kangaroos have a bad habit of jumping in front of moving vehicles.
To get up close and personal with some roos that are actually human-friendly and won’t jump away when you get close, go to these places:
- Jervis Bay, ACT – Particularly around Booderee National Park.
- Arakoon National Park, NSW.
- Diamond Head National Park, NSW.
Koala. This cuddly-fluffy animal is one of the most iconic animals of Australia. These gray fur balls can usually be found sitting on the branches of eucalyptus trees either munching on some leaves or sleeping. They sleep for about 20 hours daily. You can encounter wild koalas in these areas:
- Great Ocean Road, VIC – There’s plenty of opportunities to see koalas while traversing the great ocean road, particularly in the Cape Otway National Park. When driving the road to the Lighthouse, look up to the trees and you’ll most certainly see koalas. Their population in this area has grown too big that it’s starting to cause problems to the area’s ecosystem.
- Noosa National Park, QLD – Simply take a walk around the national park and keep your eyes peeled for movements on the trees.
- Tower Hill, VIC – Located about 15 kilometers West from Warrnambool. There’s a lot of wildlife in this area including koalas.
- Magnetic Island, QLD – Also a popular place to spot koalas.
Wombat. These fuzzy, chunky, short-legged fur balls run amazingly fast at 40 km/h even though it’s hard to believe from their appearance alone. They sport large claws for digging and they live underground in tunnels and burrows they’ve created. Like most Australian animals, they are nocturnal and the best chances of seeing them are at dusk or dawn when they come crawling out from their burrows. You can see wombats in:
- Kangaroo Valley, NSW – Kangaroo Valley is just a two-hour ride from Sydney. You’ll find one free campsite in the Valle and after dark, heaps of wombats can be found strolling around the park.
- Ronny Creek, Cradle Mountain, TAS – There’s a lot of wombats here. They are used to people so you can really get close to them for a snap and perhaps a hug.
Platypus. This bizarre animal is very hard to see in the wild because they’re nocturnal and usually shy. The only place where you can almost certainly spot one is Deloraine River in Tasmania. There’s a family of platypuses living in the river because it’s located in the middle of the town and they’re used to the sounds and aren’t shy at all.
That’s it! Remember to capture the moment with your trusty camera. To know which one to take with you, find the best video cameras and their reviews online to know expert advice and real feedback from current users.