Outback New South Wales

The Red Kangaroo, like this large male that is hiding in the scrub, symbolizes the outback
Red Kangaroo

The Outback is synonymous with Australia, but where, and what, is it? Every state in mainland Australia, and the Northern Territory, has an outback, and it refers to the vast open country that is so remote you can travel for several hours, and, in some places, days, without seeing another human being. While the New South Wales Outback is not quite as remote as that of most other states, it is still an enormous area, and is an area that has its own wildlife residents.

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Heading North

While we were heading north, we came across a Comb-crested Jacana that is perfectly at home on this lily-covered ponds
Comb-crested Jacana (hiding amongst the water-lilies)

We’ve started heading north from Sydney on our way to Brisbane in Queensland. Along the way we managed to stop in at a few places on the New South Wales north coast. Some were very fruitful indeed and others were very picturesque, but lacking in one vital thing – abundant wildlife. At one place in particular, we were absolutely inundated by wildlife, but not the type we were looking for. We were literally savaged by blood-thirsty mosquitoes every time we stopped to take a picture!

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Koala Country

This sign confirmed that we were heading into Koala Country
This was the first good sign that we were in Koala country (sorry!)

We headed to some prime Koala country in the central west of New South Wales. After a stormy night, we set off early in the morning to try and find this famous marsupial which, along with the Kangaroo, is one of Australia’s most iconic animals.

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Platypus Pools

We found some pools where your are virtually guaranteed of a good view of a Platypus
Our first good glimpse of a Platypus

On our way back from the New South Wales south coast, we called through Canberra to see some of the wildlife that can be found there. We were delighted to find a great place to see one of the only three monotreme (egg-laying mammal) species in the world today – the Platypus.

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Wombat Cam

A Common Wombat returning to its den early in the morningA quick trip out to the Blue Mountains (and beyond) rewarded us with a great list of some awesome Australian animals. Some of the more commonly seen species were: Common Wombat, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Euro, Red-necked Wallaby, Squirrel Glider, Lace Monitor and a big list of birds, including: Superb Lyrebird, Torquoise Parrot, Laughing Kookaburra, Eastern Yellow Robin, Double-barred Finch, Crimson Rosella and more honeyeaters than you could point a camera at!

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