Australia is a wonderful country to road trip in: campsites are great, roads straight (distances could be shorter though… ), people friendly and loads to see for free. Amazing scenery, mountains, deserts, beaches, ocean, you name it. One of the best things is, in my opinion, that you are able to spot a lot of wildlife there. I don’t think that is the case in Europe? Or who has seen lynxes, badgers, wolves or bears in the wild? Even foxes are rare, and it seems to me you only see elks when driving.
So when road tripping around Australia, I did a lot of animal spotting. Here a few of the places I enjoyed most (hope you like camping..).
Raymond Island, Victoria, was great for seeing koalas, colourful birds and kangaroos. It was also lovely (in my opinion, the others would have been happy to sleep further) to be woken up by koalas on a camp site in Apollo Bay.
Kangaroo Island, SA, was great for animals (with free campsites too, however, there were no facilities either. At least not back then): we saw echidnas, New Zealand fur seals, sea lions, pelicans and a number of other smaller birds
Wilsons Promontory was great: wombats, rozellas and emus. One wombat even came to our camp to say hi (and left a stinky statement on the bottles we had forgotten outside the tent) and rozellas were so tame that you could get a great look at them. I was happy to see the big alfa male kangaroo only from the distance though.
In the Grampians we woke up to this (and I recommend the pinnacle walk there too!):
In Echuca a possum wanted to join our camp, and in the beautiful Port Fairy we were welcomed by a playful wallabe.
Even if I tried, I never saw a platypus nor whales, so I will have to go back. (The cute Phillip Island penguins were also worth watching but that pleasure we had to pay for, and no cameras were allowed).
Obviously there are loads of other places to go to, these were just the most memorable to me. Do you have a place or story to share, where you were impressed by how close you could get to wildlife in the nature?