Unique and fascinating animals are one of the many reasons people visit Australia. Some of them are so unique that they and are found no where else.

 

Below we list nine animals we love.

 

1. Kangaroo

 

kangaroo

 

With over 30 million of these leaping marsupials across Australia, it’s no wonder that you can find them almost everywhere. These iconic Aussie animals are captivating with their awkward stances and effortless yet graceful jumps. See them in Namadgi and Kosciuszko National Parks in the Australian Alps, Pebbly Beach in New South Wales and Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park.

 

2. Koala

 

koala

 

With its stout, tailless body, round, fluffy ears and spoon-shaped nose, the koala is one of the most iconic Australian animals. It lives off eucalyptus leaves and can mostly be found in the East Coast, at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve near Canberra, Port Stephens in New South Wales and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Queensland. Koala’s are sedentary creatures and can sleep up to 20 hours a day.

 

3. Wallaby

 

 Wallaby

 

 

Wallabies, which are members of the kangaroo clan are widespread across Australia, particularly in more remote, rocky and rugged areas. They are much smaller than kangaroos with a color pattern that is much more varied than kangaroos. Spot them in South Australia's Flinders Ranges, Tasmania's Freycinet National Park and in Namadgi and Kosciuszko National Parks in the Australian Alps.

 

4. Quokka

 

Quokka 

 

Quokka is a small animal,the size of a domestic cat, that lives in Rottnest Island. They resemble a giant rat, hence, the name "Rottnest Island". These nocturnal marsupials are the only land mammal on that island. They are known for adapting to human presence in search for food.

 

5. Wombat

 

wombat

 

Wombats are large, short-legged, burrowing marsupials that can grow up to 1 metre in length. With their backward pouch, they do not gather soil in its pouch over its young. Visit them in the wild at the Blue Mountains National Park in New South Wales, Wilsons Promontory in Victoria and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania. Wombats are not commonly seen as they are nocturnal and crepuscular (active during twilight) animals.

 

6. Tasmanian Devil

 

tasmanian devil 

 

 

As the name suggests, Tasmanian devils in the wild can only be found on the island of Tasmania. They generally sleep under rocks or in caves, logs or burrows. These small, carnivorous marsupials with rat-like features are classified as endangered due to a killer disease, having facial tumors being transmitted to other devils through biting.

 

7. Australia Sea Lion

 

Australian Sea Lion

 

The Australian Sea Lion, only found in Australia is one of the rarest species in the world with a population of around 14,700. It  can be found between The Pages Islands in South Australia and Houtman Abrolhos off the Western Australian coast. Seal Bay has the third largest colony of Australian Sea Lions. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Australian Sea Lions were heavily hunted for their hide and oil. Today, they are considered endangered and has received full legal protection.

 

8. Little Penguins

 

Little Penguin

 

Sometimes called “fairy penguin” because of its size, the little penguin is the smallest specie of penguins in the world.  The average adult little penguin rarely reaches half a meter in height.   These cute and adorable animals breed in colonies along the southern coastlines of Australia and New Zealand. They can be found on Phillip Island in Victoria which is home to an estimated 32,000 breeding adult. 

 

 

9. Numbat

 

numbat

 

The numbat is another marsupial native to Western Australia particularly in Dryandra Woodland and Perup Nature Reserve.  A  captive breeding and translocation program has grown the numbat’s population at Yookamurra Sanctuary in South Australia and Scotia Sanctuary in New South Wales. They are sometimes known as the banded anteater, marsupial anteater or walpurti.