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)
Click here to find tours, accommodation or attractions such as wildlife parks by Region: learn a little about the wildlife, habitats and opportunities each state or territory, and find a list of our members’ offerings.
Also, click here for a map showing the spread of member businesses throughout Australia offering accommodation, wildlife attractions and tours (note, addresses of tour businesses show only the location of the office: see other pages to find where their tour actually go)
See the submenus above (under Tours/Accom) to find
- Which of our members offer particular activities (birding, diving etc.) on tour or at accommodation and wildlife parks (General wildlife viewing and photography not listed, as that would include most of our members)
- Which of our members can show you popular animals( koala, platypus etc.)
- Which habitats (rainforest, marine etc.) provide settings for accommodation or attractions, or are included in our members’ tours
- What other major experiences (i.e. other than those run by WTA members) you can find in the various regions
Other information about Australia
Find many facts about the ecology, behaviour and evolutionary relationships of our wildlife, where you might see them, and how you can help them, on the sub-menus under the Wildlife menu at the top of the page.
Cities and other major locations
The map shows some of the best-known localities in Australia.
- Australia’s National Landscapes (not indicated on this map): “Australia’s National Landscapes Program identified 16 of Australia’s most spectacular regions offering uniquely Australian experiences.”
- Australia’s marine parks
Areas recognized as biodiversity “hotspots”
These are regions of high numbers of species and/or diversity of habitats.
Major fauna/flora/climate regions
An approximation of he Australian climatic and biogeographic regions classified by Burbidge in the Australian Journal of Botany, 1960:
- Tropical – technically everything above the Tropic of Capricorn is in the tropics, but this refers to the wetter regions of high summer rainfall and the associated fauna and flora
- The McPherson MacLeay overlap (the smudged mid-green area halfway up the east coast is called), an overlapping subtropical area of tropical and temperate elements conveying a high biodiversity to the region,
- Temperate – generally cooler and with wet winters and dry summers.
- Interzone – gradation or mingling Eremaean and other elements
- Eremaean – roughly corresponds with what we think of as “the outback” – deserts and other arid or semi-arid areas with low and highly unpredictable rainfall, and the fauna and flora adapted to this.