8 best spots for wildlife vacations for the adventure lover


The island country of Australia is teeming with the most intriguing species from the animal world and some of the most gorgeous tourist destinations. You will be amazed to know that most of the mammals, reptiles, and amphibians found in Australia are unique to the country. If you are an avid animal lover, Australian wildlife tour can be the most memorable one of your life. 

To know more about the spots to hit when you are off on your Australian wildlife vacation all you need to do is read on. We have listed eight tourist hotspots for you to visit to quench your adventure thirst. You can swim with the Ningaloo Reef Whale sharks, spot Tasmanian devils in the thick forests, cruise with gigantic saltwater Crocodiles at Kakadu Park or observe Koalas in action at the Great Ocean Road.

There are a wide variety of options available. However, the only two factors you need to consider are the animal migrations and the breeding seasons. In the following section, we have created an ultimate list of the wildlife hotspots so that you can plan according to the schedule on offer.

Let us have a look,

Extended sea and land adventures

There are many spots to hit including the Bremer Bay, Cairns, East Gippsland, Maria Highlands and the Southern Highlands of NSW. The best months are January through April. These tours are ideal for the active marine and terrestrial wildlife that greets you at every turn. 

Red Centre and Western Australia

Do you want to swim with tropical fish, observe soft and hard corals, turtles and Manta Rays? Pack your bags for the Ningaloo, Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Red Centre for March and April to visit the largest coral reef in the world. 

Coastal birding adventures

Suggested months are May through October. These tours give you the opportunity to experience bird watching across the coastal and outback environments of Kakadu National Park, Kangaroo Island, Arnhem Island and many more.

Great Barrier Reef and Sydney

Combine wildlife with the city life of one of the most popular cities in the world. Ideal times to visit are the months of April through October. Soak in the beauty of wet tropical rain forest and the Great Barrier Reef at the Cairns and Southern Highlands of New South Wales.

Maria Island

The places to visit are the Eyre Peninsula, Tasmania, You Yangs, Maria Island and the Great Ocean Road. Suggested months for a tour are October through April. Hit these spots for the unforgettable marine and terrestrial animal encounters.

Melbourne and the Phillip Island

The Phillip Island and the East Gippsland is famous for Seal watching and other aquatic animals. The best times to visit are the months of December to March. Experience marine wildlife like never before just beyond the borders of Melbourne, the cultural hub of Australia.  

Kangaroo Island

The months of January through April are the best for visiting Kangaroo Island and Phillip Island for the incredible wildlife on offer. Observe the Kangaroos and Koalas in action along with pods of Orcas or Killer Whales at these hotspots. 

Ningaloo and Margaret River

Get amazed at the Ningaloo Marine Park and the Margaret River by the Whale sharks and coral reefs during June through August. 

That concludes our list of eight of the best wildlife hotspots to hit when you visit Australia. How many do you plan to visit?