In such a large and diverse country as Australia there are host of destinations for visitors interested in discovering its unique inhabitants.

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park is the largest in Australia, covering over 20,000 km. It is home to 2000 plant species and numerous animals; some of which can only be found at this location. A tenth of all the crocodiles in the Northern Territory make their home here; freshwater species that can grow up to three meters long and the saltwater variety which can achieve twice that. The safest way to see these creatures is from a chartered boat, or high land! The Leichhardt grasshopper is an icon in Kakadu and is found in only two other locations; its aboriginal name is ‘alyurr’ which means ‘children of the lightening man’ since it appears after the first rains of the monsoon season.

Twin Falls - Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National ParkKumukulanui / Foter / CC BY-NC

Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park is about 62 miles west of Sydney and rises to over 1000m above sea level. As you get close to the mountains you can see how they got their name as light reflecting off the tiny droplets of oil expressed by the thousands of eucalyptus trees produces a blue haze. While exploring the area you can visit Featherdale Wildlife Park for an interactive encounter with koalas and kangaroos. You can also see Tasmanian devils, dingos, echidnas and wombats.

Morning sunburst
Australia Blue Mountains National ParkVernsPics / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Lady Elliot Island

ANZCRO offer a 5 day trip to explore Lady Elliot Island which is one of only six resort islands that can be found on the Great Barrier Reef; home to breeding turtles, you can time your holidays in Australia to catch the hatching season which is from November to February. This makes an ideal base for discovering the local marine life which includes a resident population of 40 manta rays. The coral reef can be explored from the beach with just a snorkel, or alternatively, scuba diving tours are available.

340/365 Lady Elliot Island - inflight view
Lady Elliot IslandAnetq / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island has a coastline that is made up of towering cliffs and sheltered beaches which are home to basking sea lions; koalas thrive in the eucalyptus trees and pelicans soar overhead. Inland you will find dense forest and freshwater lagoons. You can also join a guided tour to view the endangered Australian sea lions at Seal Bay Conservation Park; in their natural habitat of coastal vegetation and sand dunes.

Admiral's Arch at Sunset
Kangaroo Islandaugustusoz / Foter / CC BY-NC

With so much to see and do you will probably need a longer holiday to explore all of this incredible diversity. You can organise your own schedule but there are also many package tours that take care of all the planning and ensure that you make the most of your trip.