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Australia's Impressive Wildlife

May 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 180

A holiday in Australia is a great opportunity to see unique wildlife that doesn't occur anywhere else in the world. For many this means the chance to see cuddly koalas, wallabies and the adorable kangaroos. The country has more to offer than these three though and this article takes a look at some of the other animals you can see in the country, when on one of the many holidays in Australia.

The Dingo

One of the more ancient breeds of dogs, with its blood lines preserved thanks Australia's isolation, the Dingo offers the chance to see dogs in the wild. The breed has a unique look to it, with their sandy coats and large ears, and there's no doubt they're a beautiful animal. For the best chance to see a pack in the wild you should head down to Fraser Island, remember to keep your distance though as they're definitely not domesticated.

The Quokka

One of the country's more unusual looking animals is the fluffy little Quokka. With such a cute appearance, they're one of those animals that you'd want to take home if you could. The small marsupials look like a cross between a wallaby and a guinea pig and are roughly the size of a domestic cat. If you want to get up close to one of these adorable animals in the wild then you should head down to Rottnest Island in Western Australia.

The Cassowary

Whilst not as attractive as our last two animals, the Cassowary bird is certainly unique in appearance. This large bird is roughly emu shaped, although slightly stockier and closer to the ground. Their unique appearance is most highlighted by their bright blue necks and almost prehistoric looking crests. You should head down to Mission Beach in Queensland for the best chance to see these fascinating birds in the wild.

The Wombat

Our final animal is iconic in some parts of Australia, the fantastic Wombat; another animal for anyone who's a fan of the cute. This stocky marsupial is deceptively solid and can reach a fair size, roughly the same as a reasonable size domestic dog - about a metre in length - and if you come across one sitting in the road, they can look like a small boulder from a distance. The animals are one of the only marsupials with a backward facing pouch, to protect baby Wombats when the mother is burrowing. If you want to get out and see them in the wild then you should head out to Cradle Mountain in Tasmania.

This article was written by Thom Sanders on behalf of Bridge and Wickers. They offer fantastic holidays in Australia, as well as other great New Zealand holidays.

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