Plants & Wildlife

Australia has an assortment of native and introduced flora and fauna, from the beloved koala, platypus and echidna, to the fearsome Tasmanian Devil, right through to the introduced destructive pests like rabbits, foxes and toads.

 

In this section, you’ll find information about the different plant and animal species we come across.


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Camping : Lake Pedder

May 2nd 2016

  Our time in Hobart was over and it was time to leave the congestion of the city for something a little slower. We made our way to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.   The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage …

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Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

April 27th 2016

  Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is more than just a place to meet some local animals – it’s a sanctuary and rehabilitation facility for injured wildlife, as well as an education centre for the public and for future animal handlers who …

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Nature : Tahune Airwalk

April 21st 2016

  After a beautiful, winding drive through the forest, we arrived at Tahune AirWalk in the early afternoon. The weather was a bit drizzly, so we grabbed our trusty jackets and headed for the Visitor Centre.   Positioned at the …

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Tour : Seahorse World

March 20th 2016

  If you’re looking for something to do that is unique and a little left of centre, then visit Seahorse World. Located on Inspection Head Wharf at Beauty Point along the Tamar River, Seahorse World offers an experience like no …

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Drink : The Tamar River Valley

March 18th 2016

The Tamar River Valley runs from Launceston to the Bass Strait and is dotted with vineyards, wineries, orchards, farms and maritime motifs. We wish we had more time in the Tamar Valley – it was a great introduction to Tasmanian …

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Attraction : Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

June 12th 2015

  Did you know that sea stars have no brains or blood and they digest their food outside of their body by protruding their stomach out of their mouth?  Did you know that sharks have a special ‘electrosense’ that allows …

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Kuranda Wildlife Experience

Wildlife : Southern Cassowary

May 28th 2015

  Name: Southern Cassowary Scientific Classification: Casuarius casuarius Alternative Names: double-wattled cassowary, Australian cassowary, two-wattled cassowary Location: they are found in dense tropical rainforests of Indonesia, New Guinea and northeast Australia, but the casuarius casuarius johnsonii is exclusive to Australia.   Fast …

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Port Douglas

Wildlife : Sand Bubbler Crab

May 18th 2015

  Name: Sand Bubbler Crab Scientific Subfamily: Scopimera inflata Distribution:  tropical beaches   If you ever find yourself walking along a beach and you see little sand balls arranged in pretty patterns, then you are in the vicinity of a sand …

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Attraction : Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome

April 6th 2015

  Imagine a place where you can walk amongst the animals, climb above the treetops and feel on top of the world before floating back to earth.  You can experience all of these things at one place – Cairns Zoom …

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Animal Attraction : Kuranda Wildlife Experience

February 27th 2015

Despite the rain, we drove the Troopy over the Macalister Range and arrived in Kuranda village for a very special day with the local wildlife.  The Kuranda Wildlife Experience is the ultimate ticket for animal lovers and is a fantastic …

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Zazen

Helpx : Working on a Biodynamic Farm

February 13th 2015

  It was our last day in Cooktown and as we strolled through the botanic gardens, Dave’s phone rang.  It was a Helpx host asking if we were available to stay for around a week or so and work on …

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Kakadu National Park

Wildlife : Golden Silk Orb Weaving Spider

January 15th 2015

Name: Golden Silk Orb Weaving Spider Scientific Classification: of the Nephila genus. Alternative Names: golden orb-weavers, giant wood spiders, banana spiders Location: they are found throughout Australia   Fast Facts: Nephila comes from the greek language and means ‘love of spinning’. …

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Cutta Cutta Caves

Wildlife : Ghost Bat

December 20th 2014

  source : abc.net.au Name: Ghost Bat Scientific Name: Macroderma gigas Alternative names: false vampire bat Distribution: caves and mineshafts in Northern Australia   Ghost bats get their name from the super thin membrane of their wings, which makes them look like …

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