Below is an article by Tom McGay for our regular Caravanning from the back-seat feature.
We all know about Kangaroo and Pixie Island and their Aussie wildlife but trust me, there are more towns than just the ones we’ve come to know. Below are three more towns you didn’t know that have perfect spots to connect with Aussie wildlife.
We may know Townsville for its tropical wildlife and its beautiful beaches, but it is home to one of the best spots to see Aussie wildlife cruelty-free, The Billabong Sanctuary. Sometimes our wildlife can be a little too dangerous to see unsupervised, that’s where sanctuaries come into play to give unique access to see animals like cassowaries. The Billabong Sanctuary is home to over 100 species of Australian wildlife! This place is a must-visit anytime you’re around Northern Queensland. I really recommend this place if you have any kids, I guarantee they’ll love it!
The Great Ocean Road
I can’t stress this enough and believe me when I say this, The Great Ocean is more than just beaches and roads. Every town a part of this incredible road has their own unique opportunities to see Aussie wildlife. Anglesea has its kangaroos, Kennett River has its birds and glowworms and Warrnambool has its seals at the pier just to name a few! Next time visiting The Great Ocean Road make sure you see what animals you can connect with at whatever town you wish to visit.
Manly doesn’t strike many people as a town with spots that have Aussie wildlife but I’ve been lucky to visit this town many times and I’m going to let you know about a spot only some locals know. To get here you must go to the Manly Beach Pool where the big rocks are. If you walk onto the rocks and look down through the cracks you’ll be astonished with what you’ll find! Crabs, crabs and more crabs all in their natural habitats doing what they do best. Definitely check this spot out if you’re around the Manly foreshore.
So there it is, I really recommend bringing your family to these spots because everyone loves animals!