In the first week of November 2015, we decided to head to perhaps the two best birding areas in Victoria. In just a few days of birding we managed to clock up huge list, but one of the most exciting places was on the Victorian Coast, just west of Melbourne.
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.
Just a short drive south of Sydney (well, about 2.5 hours really – but that is short in Australian terms) is a wonderful shorebird area, that often attracts the occasional rare visitor from time to time.
Along the south Queensland border there are many great areas that are just teeming with wildlife. Many of the mammals here are only active at night, but their eye shine often betrays their presence.
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!
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.
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.
Although we did not have a lot of time on this trip, we found a huge variety of awesome wildlife in the 250 km stretch of the New South Wales south coast immediately south of Sydney.
A 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!
So you can put some faces to the names of the Australia’s Wildlife group, we wanted to take a few minutes and introduce ourselves to you.