Koalas and kangaroos and wombats, oh my! When you head into the wild for a camping adventure, you will almost certainly be sharing your campsite with some Aussie critters. While there are some dangerous animals you won’t want to encounter on your journeys, there are plenty of other amazing Australian animals to see.
What most people don’t realize that their chances of running into extremely dangerous Aussie animals are rare, especially since known habitats of the animals will be marked. Many locations across Australia are perfectly safe to camp at, no matter if you’re in an RV, Napier truck tent, or a traditional tent.
If you want to encounter some animals in their natural environment, make sure to check out the following camping locations!
Grampians National Park
Grampians National Park is one of the most well-known camping locations in Australia and there are plenty of campgrounds for you to choose from. Visitors can enjoy hiking in the mountains, visiting waterfalls, and check out scenic views from lookout locations. There are also plenty of native species that call Grampians home.
This is one of the best camping locations to spot eastern-grey kangaroos. Mobs of kangaroos can be spotted throughout the park. Other Australian marsupials, including wallabies, potoroos, and ring-tailed possums can be seen. Turtles, slinks, snakes, and lizards frequently bask on the roads. Visitors should be aware that venomous snakes live in the area, but are unlikely to attack unless they are provoked. In all, around 36 native species of mammals and 45 species of reptiles can be found. You can also visit the nearby Halls Gap Zoo if you’re interested in exotic and endangered species.
Daintree National Park
Daintree National Park has two distinct areas — the bouldered riverbanks of Mossman Gorge and the rainforest mountains of Cape Tribulation. Camping is only allowed in the lowland forest near Noah Beach and a camping permit is required. Campers should be aware that crocodiles can be found in the waters surrounding the camping area. In addition, lace monitors often approach campsites looking for food. Campers are reminded not to feed the wildlife.
In addition to the crocs and the lace monitors, there are plenty of other rainforest animals to be discovered. Large cassowaries roam the area, musky rat-kangaroos scurry around the forest floor, spotted-tailed quoll hunt in the bush, and beautiful ulysses butterflies flutter around. Daintree National Park has one of the most biologically diverse rainforests in the world. Some of the plants and animals found here do not live anywhere else in the world.
If you’re interested in snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, you can camp nearby at Lizard Island. Camping is only permitted at a specific area on the island, Watsons Bay. Lizard Island is right on the Great Barrier Reef, making it easy to access the wonders of the reef. All you need to do is step off the beach or go on a short boat ride. Exploring the waters around the island will allow you to see tropical fish, manta rays, turtles, and more.
The island itself also offers plenty of wildlife. You’ll spot black flying-foxes, geckos, and seabirds. During the summer months, you’ll also see loggerhead turtles nesting on the beach. Also, there are 11 species of lizards living on the island, including the yellow-spotted monitor. The monitors are how the island got its name.
Booderee National Park
Booderee offers white sand beaches, cliffs, and botanic gardens. Campsites can be found throughout the park and camping fee covers entry into the park. One popular camping location in the park is Cave Beach, a grassy area that only allows tents. Kangaroos have been known to approach campsites, as well as hang out near the picnic location that is near the campsites.
The range of habitats throughout the park allows for a diverse range of species to call the park home. Birds found throughout the park include white-bellied sea-eagles, sooty oystercatchers, and kookaburras. Near the beach, fur seals can be spotted sunbathing on rocks. The beach is also an ideal location to watch for humpback whales and bottle-nosed dolphins frolicking in the water. Natural resource managers and scientists carefully monitor the biological diversity of the park to help protect the endangered species that live within the park.
Plenty of camping locations throughout Australia are home to some amazing critters. With only a little bit of research, you’re sure to find a location that works best for you. No matter where you go, however, keep in mind not to disturb the wildlife you find.
Posted By DennisH
Updated : 28th October 2021 | Words : 759 | Views : 357