Take flight with the Birds of Australia!

Whether you are an enthusiastic ‘birder’ or not – there is HUNDREDS of birds inhabiting the Great Southern Land here. Take note, we show you where to head for our flying and flightless friends!

Moonlit Sanctuary in Victoria is one spot where you’ll see Emus roaming quite freely.

The Emu is Australia’s answer to the Ostrich. Very tall in real life (up to almost 2 metres), running is their strength (up to 50 km/hr) since they are flightless. you will find them all over Australia except Tasmania.

Head to Mambray Creek Campground in Mount Remarkable National Park, South Australia, Francois Peron National Park, Western Australia or Wilson’s Promontory, Victoria to see Emus in the wild!

Emus are also adept at breaking into travellers tents and bags if you leave anything unsecured. Inland Australia is ideal to spot these birds but they do inhabit some coastal areas. Uluru Camel Tours in Yulara, Northern Territory provide the chance to feed them up close!

Cassowaries have frequented the beaches at Etty Bay in Queensland.

Cassowaries are a similar-looking counterpart with tropical colours up in the northern rainforest regions of Queensland. While not so common as the Emu, they can be spotted near Etty Bay in Queensland. Check out Going Gum Nuts for the Fabulous Flora of Australia!, for another secret spot!

Penguins are easy to spot at Melbourne Zoo in Victoria!

The Little Penguin is the most likely Penguin to see on your trip in Australia. They have had a bumpy history with people encroaching on their habitat, foxes and cats preying on them and even tourists removing them from the wild. All the more reason to understand appreciating them but without disturbing their existence!

Hit up the beaches at Penneshaw, South Australia or Bicheno, Tasmania for Little Penguins in the wild!

Don’t flash torches at Penguins or photograph with flash, it damages their eyesight! Phillip Island is home to a large colony and the Penguins flock to the shoreline every day at sun down (Penguin Parade). We recommend rather than sitting on the platform, roam the board walk and see them scuttle right next to you or even right in front! Little Penguins are found right across southern Australia so there is lots of opportunity but Melbourne Zoo have them on display too!

The Laughing Kookaburra eyeing off prey in Victorian forests.

If you travel across Australia, you will find the Kookaburra is a bird widespread and thriving in the bush. With a call that sounds much like a laugh this is why they are known as the Laughing Kookaburra. Kookaburras are in fact the largest Kingfisher in the world!

Between the 2 Kookaburra species, you will commonly hear and see these distinctive birds anywhere forested around Australia in the wild.

While the Laughing Kookaburra lives all along the east coast, southern Australia and the south west corner of Australia, Blue-winged Kookaburras reign up north. We are pretty certain you will spot one just about anywhere other than central Australia!

After Brazil, Indonesia and Columbia, is Australia for most species of Parrots. They thrive here! We have some incredibly unique and well known ones too. The adorable Budgerigar, that so many people keep as a pet – is native to central Australia. In the deserts they travel in giant flocks and are great, flying, plumes of green and gold! Some of the common parrots you will see here are; Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Rainbow Lorikeets, Crimson Rosellas, Galahs, Corellas, King Parrots and more.

This is one parrot you will need to head inland to see the great flocks.
The Budgerigar, photo courtesy of @hichem.photography Instagram
Sulphur (and Yellow) Crested Cockatoos are throughout Australia.
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo at Moonlit Sanctuary, Victoria
Rainbow Lorikeets are widely found, Theresa Creek Dam Campground, Queensland is a great spot.
The Rainbow Lorikeet at La La Falls, Victoria

Rosellas are typically shy birds but come closer in regions frequented by people.
Tidal River on Wilson’s Promontory, Victoria is a chance to see Rosellas closer up in the wild.
Galahs are widely spread throughout Australia.
Galahs feasting among the parklands of Bendigo, Victoria.

Like many Australian parrots you will see Corellas in large flocks across the country.
A Corella getting flighty in Bendigo, Victoria.

The King Parrot, up close at Lamington National Park, Queensland.
We recommend wandering under the trees at Kennett River Holiday Park, Victoria to see these parrots.

These long living parrots can only be found in the state of Queensland, up north.
The magnificent Palm Cockatoo, photo courtesy of @victor_zhuo Instagram

One of our favourites is the large, Palm Cockatoo which can live to over 100 years, but you only see them close to the top of Australia in Cape York. While the parrots all favour different habitat and foods, you can be sure to spy a few of these colourful birds at many a picnic table!

Up close; you can see an amazing bird show at Healesville Sanctuary with the Wedge Tailed Eagle.

Wedge Tailed Eagles are Australia’s answer to the American Bald Eagle. They are the giants of the sky here and for a while were hunted to the brink of extinction as farmers thought they killed their sheep. Despite typically flying at high altitude, you can always recognise them because of the tail being a perfect kite shape!

Seeing Wedge Tails on the ground level is purely down to luck but one inside tip is to head to Werribee Gorge in Victoria. Especially on the higher viewpoints, we had one fly right past our noses!

Warm, bright sunny days are ideal to see Wedge Tails since they will utilise the thermal updrafts. If you’re still struggling to have a look, head to Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Park in Pearcedale, Victoria or Raptor Domain in Seal Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia.

A fledgling Lyrebird without its adult feathers on the south coast of New South Wales.
Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre in New South Wales is a good chance of spying a wild Lyrebird.

While not as flashy as the more famous peacock, Lyrebirds are far more talented! This bird has the astonishing ability to mimic sounds. Not only sounds from the forest but manmade inspired as well! We rescued a young Lyrebird after its mum had been hit by a car. Luckily it was old enough to survive and be reintroduced when matured!

These cunning creatures can be found from southern Queensland right down to the forests of Tasmania. Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria have opportunities to see Lyrebirds in an enclosure since they are quite shy around people.

The Black Swan, photo courtesy of @ads5202 Instagram

No where else in the world will you have the chance to see a Black Swan (unless it has been introduced)! The fauna emblem of Western Australia, these graceful birds favour wetland, river estuaries and flooded pastures.

In the wild, the Western Treatment Plant (as strange as it may sound) in Werribee, Victoria is a good chance to spot these beauties! You will need a permit to visit but the rewards are significant to spot other water loving bird life as well as birds of prey!

Black Swans despite being Australia wide, are more common in the southern half. Head to Perth Zoo for these magnificence Swans on display.

Published by Kiri Borgas

Curiosity has guided me, travel has grown my dreams and the natural world has inspired and excited me. This is how I've become a tiny home lover and van dweller - learning all I can with my fiancé to share a passion for the world around us.

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