Animals in the Wild
Animals in the Wild
NSW has a whole host of places where you can see animals in their natural habitats. Secluded coastlines, NSW National Parks, state forests and reserves as well as remote areas where you can spot kangaroos, echidnas, lizards or go dolphin or whale watching.
Native animals in their natural habitats
Across land and sea, from kangaroos to whales, NSW is a wonderful place to see native animals in the wild. From the bushlands and rainforests of the state’s national parks, to its pristine marine environments, keep an eye out for furry, feathered and slippery friends.
Bushwalking and exploring NSW National Parks is one of the best ways to see native birds, mammals and reptiles in the wild. Be very quiet as you explore these areas and you may just spot kangaroos, emus, echidnas, possums, kookaburras and lyrebirds to name a few. Keep in mind that most native animals and many native plant species are protected in NSW. To get right up close to the animals it’s worth visiting a zoo or animal park like Symbio Wildlife Park at Stanwell Park or Birdland on Bateman’s Bay.
There are plenty of ways to get around and explore these beautiful environments, including nature tours, which teach you about native animal habitats. Budderoo National Park, Fitzroy Falls and Morton National Park feature fantastic wildlife tours, dolphin cruises, swimming with seals, sea bird watching and other aquatic creature encounters.
There’s a wealth of marine life to see throughout NSW. Spot turtles and whales at Solitary Islands Marine Park, go snorkelling with seals off Montague Island on the South Coast, where you can also see colonies of little penguins and Australian fur seals. Lord Howe Island is a pristine environment and a haven for birds and fish. Go snorkelling and discover the underwater life inhabiting these crystal clear waters.
Whale watching is another popular activity in NSW, with whales migrating along the coast of NSW in greater numbers than ever before. Throughout the whale migration season (May to November), you can whale watch from land or sea along the NSW coast, from Eden and the nearby Davidson Whaling Station in the south to the splendour of Byron Bay in the north. Other prime whale-watching sites include Port Stephens, Jervis Bay, and Merimbula.
The best place to see little penguins and Australian fur seals is at Montague Island, just off Narooma, on the South Coast. Half-day boat tours are available with Narooma Charters, or enjoy a private overnight tour with Naturewise Montague Island Nature Escape or Montague Island Tours.
Enjoy birdlife as you kayak
One of the most tranquil and eco-friendly ways to view sea birds and aquatic wildlife is on a kayaking trip. In Byron Bay, tours are available with Cape Byron Kayaks and Go Sea Kayak. On the South Coast, Total Eco Adventures explores the bays and inlets of the Bateman Marine Park.
There are few better places on the planet to dive than in the crystal clear waters surrounding Lord Howe Island. Just a short boat ride from shore are more than 60 dive sites that take you into a submarine world of spectacular marine life amonst the trenches, caves and volcanic drop-offs.