Australia has more than its share of cute and cuddly animals, but there’s plenty of wildlife to encounter beyond koalas and kangaroos.
Whether you are spotting seals on Kangaroo Island, swimming with tuna at Victor Harbour or diving with great white sharks in the Eyre Peninsula, you will soon discover a different side to Australian animals.
Get Up Close To Australian Sea Lions
Kangaroo Island might sound like it is filled with adorable roos – and it is – but the island is also home to many other native animals like sea lions and echidnas.
Seal Bay, on the island’s south coast, is the only place in the world you can get up close to a colony of approximately 1,000 Australian sea lions. Guides will bring you into the heart of the colony and teach you about the rare animals.
You can even walk along the same beach where seal pups play and bulls bask in the sun. Do not forget to keep an eye out for echidnas, the island’s small and spikey residents, which can be seen in the wild and at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.
At Raptor Domain, you can spot species ranging from kookaburras to kestrels and learn about their hunting techniques and natural behaviour. Stay overnight on the island and visit a local brewery, or snorkel and kayak to experience the island’s scenery.
Whale Watching In The Fleurieu Peninsula
Whales are some of the most majestic creatures you can see in Australia, and one of the most accessible viewing spots is in South Australia’s stunning Fleurieu Peninsula.
Just a one-hour drive from Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula offers whale watching experiences from both the shore and the sea. First, visit the South Australian Whale Centre in Victor Harbour for interactive activities and whale watching tips from the pros.
Then, grab your binoculars and head to one of the peninsula’s whale watching hot spots, including Encounter Bay, Port Elliot, Middleton and The Bluff at Victor Harbour.
During the whale watching season from May to October, you will be able to spot not only giant whales but also dolphins, seals and a variety of bird life.
Cage Dive With Great White Sharks
The Eyre Peninsula is a haven for a huge variety of marine life and is readily accessible to visitors. Just a 50-minute flight from Adelaide, the Eyre Peninsula is the perfect addition to your South Australian itinerary.
Sharks, whales, dolphins and more swim just off the shore, and visitors can observe, dive and swim with the marine animals.
Swim with friendly sea lions in their natural habitat or head underwater and scuba dive with giant cuttlefish and leafy sea dragons, which are only reliably found in South Australia.
If you are ready for a heart-pumping adventure, push yourself to the limit on an adventurous shark cage diving expedition off the coast of Port Lincoln – the only place in Australia where you can come face-to-face with great whites in their natural environment.
For those not wanting to get wet, hop on an Adventure Bay Charters and stay dry in their 360-degree Aqua Sub. Along the way you might even spot a pod of dolphins or whale, in season.