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What comes to mind when you think of Australia? Probably koalas hugging trees, kangaroos hopping around with their babies in their pouch, or the legendary Steve Irwin feeding crocodiles. Right? Australia is famous for its exciting wildlife species, and no trip to Australia is complete without seeing them for yourself.
We have compiled a list of the top 5 ways to experience Australia's animals in a fun and ethical way. So, let’s begin!
One of the easiest and most fun ways to experience Australia’s wildlife is by visiting a wildlife park or sanctuary. These are a more ethical alternative to zoos, as animals live in a more natural and sustainable habitat.
We really recommend Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, which has been an integral member of the local community for over 85 years. Hartley’s prides itself on providing only the best care for their animals and works with local veterinarians and wildlife rescue organisations to assist in the rehabilitation and release of native injured animals and provides a permanent residence for those that cannot be re-released. The team of highly knowledgeable staff aims to immerse visitors in the world of animals and how they can assist in the conservation of them. Take a stroll around and encounter the animals for yourself – you can discover kangaroos, wallabies, koalas as well as lots of reptiles and birds. They are located just 45 minutes from Cairns and 25 minutes south of Port Douglas.
There are many businesses and organisations throughout the world that allow holidaymakers to experience local animals. Sadly, not all of them have the best interests of the animals in mind. Think of all the articles and news stories that have been published in the last couple of years about the treatment of elephants and tigers that are sedated to allow tourists to take a selfie with them.
On a more positive note though, there are plenty of wonderful organisations in Australia that allow you to encounter animals in a safe and ethical environment. These include animal sanctuaries, animal hospitals, and UNESCO accredited national parks. This allows you to support a worthy initiative at the same time as having a fun encounter with the animals!
Don’t forget that Australia also has so much wildlife to explore under the sea too! With more than 25,000 kilometres of coastline, Australia is home to some seriously stunning beaches with ideal conditions for discovering marine animals in their natural habitats: Australian oceans usually provide clear visibility and warm conditions. There are plenty of operators that can take you snorkelling or diving. You might see manta rays, sea turtles, tuna, dolphins or even sharks!
Whilst exploring Australia’s wildlife can be fun and exciting, it’s also important to keep safe during your trip. If you encounter any animals in the wild, there are a few things that you should take into consideration. For example, whilst kangaroos and wallabies may look rather cute, they can sometimes behave unpredictably and even aggressively. Kangaroos have been known to jump and kick at visitors, causing serious injuries in some cases. It’s also important never to feed animals that you come across in the wild. If you ever come face to face with a kangaroo, experts advise to crouch down and get low, then back away as quickly as you can. Wildlife parks are always the safest environments in which to get up close and personal with Australia’s animals!
As the saying goes, ‘take only memories, leave only footprints’. In our ever-increasingly connected world, it is nowadays pretty simple and affordable to be able to visit some stunning destinations across the world. However, many once beautiful destinations have been ruined over the past few years, with Australia as no exception. In 2016, half of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef was declared dead. Its coral had become bleached beyond repair by the unusually warm waters caused by climate change and plastic waste that has ended up there. Much of the marine life that used to live there has now disappeared.
We at The Travelling Souk, therefore, encourage you to leave behind only footprints when you travel. Be mindful of the impact that you have on the places that you visit, and always dispose of your rubbish properly!
You should now have all the advice you need for an unforgettable encounter with Australia’s amazing animals. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your trip today!
Planning a trip to Australia can feel like a rather mammoth task. As with any trip, there is a lot to consider: flights, visas, expenses, accommodation, packing and finding things to do, to name just a few! But don’t feel overwhelmed. To help you on your way, we have put together a list of our top 5 tips to help you plan the most unforgettable trip to Australia.
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We are Jacob and Taylor. Travel is our passion and we love sharing our experiences here at The Travelling Souk. Our hope is that you would be inspired by this little blog to try something new, embrace an adventure, and live life to the fullest.