Wildlife Encounters

Accessible wildlife encounters


Baitballs – Autumn off Eastern Tasman Peninsula

Penguins – Low Head, Fortescue Bay walk to Canoe Bay, Great Dune Bruny Is, Bicheno

Mutton birds – Great Dune, Cape Sorell, Swansea, Cape Deslacs

Seals and dolphins – any of the Pennicott nature tours of Tasman Peninsula or Bruny. The Nut – Stanley,  By irregular charters to Isle De Phoques or Barrenjoey

Coastal birds – Tamar Island wetland walk Tamar River, Moulting lagoon RAMSAR site, Goulds Lagoon, Midway Point, Ralphs bay, South Arm Isthmus MPA, Saltworks – Little Swanport, Cloudy Lagoon, Bridgewater bridge, Lavinia RAMSAR site – King Island

Handfish – Derwent River


Nobby’s Lookout Philip Is – penguins, seals (distant) or by boat tour

Penguin – Merri MPA Warrnambool

Dolphins – Pt Phillip Bay

Chinamans Hat – Pt Phillip Seals

Gannets - Pope’s Eye, Pt Danger

Cape Bridgewater (distant) or by zodiac tour

Mutton bird arrivals Penguin Island Port Fairy

whale watching Warrnambool

Birds – Westernport RAMSAR Site, Bellarine Peninsular RAMSAR, Corner Inlet RAMSAR, Werribee sewerage farm (no kidding), Altona- Pt Cook


Birds – Kiama – albatross counting cruises,  Botany – Towra Point nature reserve, Myall Lakes, Hunter estuary, Lord Howe Island.

Seals – Montagu Is, Jervis Bay, Cabbage Tree Island

Whale and dolphin watching cruises – Port Stephens, Eden, Jervis Bay, Kiama, Forster

Grey Nurse Sharks – Julian Rocks, Fish Rock


Sea lion tours – Green Head, Penguin Is

Bremer Bay – upwelling offshore cruises including killer whales

Dolphins- Monkey Mia

sharks – Eagle Bluff Shark Bay

Grey Nurse – Exmouth Navy pier

whales – Cape Naturaliste, Albany (also museum at whale world)

whale sharks – Exmouth/Ningaloo

birds – Eighty mile Beach, Peel – Yalgoruup RAMSAR, Roebuck Bay, Ord River Floodplain, Christmas Is, Broome bird observatory, Cheynes Beach

Dolphins – Bunbury Discovery centre

Penguins – Penguin Island


Sea lions – boardwalk or guided walk Kangaroo Island, Pt Labatt, Baird Bay

fur seals – Admirals Arch,

Dolphins – Port River

Birds - Picanninie Ponds, Eyre Bird observatory

Sharks – cage diving white pointers Neptune Island

whales – Victor Harbour

cuttlefish aggregation- Pt Lowly

Blue fin tuna – Boston Bay pen Pt Lincoln

NT – turtles when research being undertaken

scenic flights for dugong trails

wildlife tours on Darwin Harbour

Crocodile encounters Adelaide River.



Birds – Bondall wetlands hides, Lagoon behind Rockhampton zoo, Moreton Bay (esp Macleay Is, Pumicestone Passage), Great Sandy and Tin Can Bay, Bowling Green Bay, Tyto wetlands – Ingham

Dolphins – Tin Can Bay and Tangalooma resort

Turtles – Mon Repos

Manta rays – Flat Rock Nth Stradbroke Is, Elliott Is

whale watching cruises – Hervey Bay, Tangalooma, Mooloolaba, Redcliffe, Gold Coast

Osprey Reef – Dwarf Minke Whales

Grey Nurse – Wolf Rock

We will be adding more information on fun places to go swimming, kayaking, visiting wierd coastal formations, seeing odd fossils, walks to secluded bays, spectaular lookouts, bird lagoons, fun coastal walks, intertidal rockpool areas, wave and wind riding spots,paddling treks, maritime heritage museums, stranded wrecks, and protected sites and sea animal encounter sites.