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Finding your Wildlife Experience

Wildlife Parks, Eco-Accommodation, Wildlife Tours
in Australia or led by Australian Operators

Australia is different!  According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 87% of Australia’s mammals, 45% of its birds, 93% of its reptiles, 94% of its amphibians, 85% of the inshore fish in southern, temperate-zone waters, and 86% of vascular plants are endemic: that is, they are found nowhere else.

Australian habitats include snow-capped mountains, mountain heaths, tropical rainforest, Eucalyptus forests and woodlands, sandy or stony deserts, low arid shrublands,salt lakes, freshwater lakes,  desert grasses, tropical and subtropical coral reefs, species-rich temperate marine habitats, and more, with many variations on each. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem, with a high diversity of species and associated habitats.

Finding what to do in Australia (where to see, what to do, where to stay)

You will soon be able to feed in key words here [under construction: link to be provided soon]Meantime, please choose from the following

Region (learn a little about the wildlife, habitats and opportunities each state or territory, and find a list of our members offering tours, accommodation or attractions (e.g. wildlife parks) in

 

Activities:

Birdwatching,               Hiking/Trekking,                  

Cruising,                       Diving/snorkeling

(General wildlife viewing and photography  not listed here, as that would include most of our members)

Popular animals and habitats:

Kangaroos/wallabies,                           Koala,                              Wombat,

Platypus,                                             Nocturnal birds and mammals,                     Marine mammals

Crocodiles                                           Rare or threatened species,

Captive settings (zoo, wildlife park)

Rainforest,                                          Open forest and woodland  (Eucalyptus etc)

Freshwater lakes, swamps etc           Outback (arid and semi-arid) habitats

Marine (coral reefs, other)

 

Other information about Australia

Cities and other major locations

Also see: Australia’s National Landscapes http://155.187.2.69/parks/national-landscapes/index.html  

 

 

 

 

Areas recognized as biodiversity “hotspots” (see http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/conservation/hotspots/national-biodiversityhotspots for details)

 

 

 

 

 

 

An approximation of he Australian climatic and biogeographic regions classified by Burbidge in the Australian Journal of Botany, 1960  http://www.publish.csiro.au/bt/BT9600075 The smudged green area halfway up the east coast is called the McPherson MacLeay overlap, an overlapping of tropical and temperate zones conveying a high biodiversity to the region