New South Wales
New South Wales – a very diverse state
New South Wales is a state of wonderful contrasts, from show fields, alpine heaths and Australia’s highest mountain, to dramatic coastal scenery and offshore islands with coral reefs, to lush subtotal rain forests and wide expanses of hot, dry outback areas. Its wildife is accordingly very diverse. Even its capital, Sydney, boasts thousands of flying foxes and an array of beautiful and colourful birds. If short of time and wanting to see wildlife closeup in Sydney, visit Taronga Zoo (one of the world’s most scenic zoos), the Sydney Aquarium, or any of a number of other wildlife parks around Sydney.
An hours drive west will find you in the famous World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park where you can see eastern grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies, lyrebirds, honeyeaters, lorikeets, parrots and glow worms – just to name a few.
On the north coast Byron Bay and Port Stephens both have great Humpback whale viewing in winter and spring as they migrate up and down the coast from Antarctica to their northern breeding grounds. Port Stephens also has a good population of bottle nose dolphins.
Along the south coast of Sydney, hundreds of Australian fur seals sun themselves on the rocks and fairy penguins parade up the dunes as they return from their daily feeding at sea.
As you leave the beautiful coastline of New South Wales, and travel over the Great Dividing Range you head into the real Australian outback, home to the red kangaroo, fascinating lizards and other outback animals. Visit Sturt National Park or Meningee Lakes for an authentic outback wildlife experience.