Australia teems with a lot of native animals. In fact, it is to see these unique animals that many people visit this country. Some of the most popular animals unique to Australia are platypus, dingo, humpback whales and emu.
Although not native to the continent, dingoes are Australia’s wild dogs. They are medium in size and have pointed muzzles, broad heads, bushy tails, erect ears and yellow to red coats. Their canine teeth and muzzles are longer than similarly sized domestic dogs. They generally feed on wallabies, kangaroos, possums and wombats. These wild dogs mainly communicate through whimpering and howling and bark less than the domestic ones.
You can see southern Right whales and humpback whales off the coastline of Australia. Humpback whales may be seen as they migrate north along east coast past Hervey Bay and Byron Bay from the month of May to the month of November. You will marvel at their beautiful acrobatics & listen to the haunting underwater song on hydrophone on one of the many whale watching package tours to Hervey Bay.
You can even watch the southern right whales mate & calve in nursery waters of Warrnambool on Great Ocean Road or at the time of their arrival from the Antarctic waters with the humpback whales in Tasmania’s Great Oyster Bay. These whales usually migrate up the Western Australian coastline from Albany, Dunsborough and Geographe Bay.
Platypus are dark-brown, small, furry mammals that lay egg. They have duck-like beak and webbed paws. These creatures basically live in burrows located in river banks. They are diving mammals and are able to stay in water for a maximum of 15 minutes. Their beaks are flexible and rubbery and have many electroreceptor cells inside, which detect electrical currents, which are caused by its prey swimming through water. They are found along the eastern coastal region of Australia in small streams and rivers. You can see them in Lake Elizabeth, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
Emus are big, brown, flightless, soft-feathered birds. They are about 2 metres tall, have long legs and three toes, which enables them to run fast – about 50km per hour. Females emus are bigger than males ones and lay up to twenty dark green, big sized eggs. These animals appear on 50 cent coin and alongside red kangaroo on Australian Coat of Arms. They feed on leaves, insects and grass and are usually found in savannah woodlands, grasslands and sclerophyll forests throughout Australia. They avoid populated areas and can be seen in Tower Hill, Victoria, New South Wales and Southern Queensland.
Kangaroos, echidna, koala, wombat and wallaby are also some animals unique to Australia. Don’t forget to see them when you are out there on your tour.