Sleepy Koala at Featherdale

Australian Animal Pictures

One of the most incredible things about Australia is without a doubt its animals. From iconic kangaroos to cute koalas, spiky echidnas and colourful birds, meeting these Aussie beasts was one of the highlights of our time down-under – here are some of our best pictures of Australian animals.

Holding a Koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Holding a Koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Throughout our time in Australia we were always on the look-out for wild animals; while we saw plenty of exotic birds, lizards and eventually wild kangaroos, we encountered the best range of Australian wildlife on our visits to Featherdale in Sydney and the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane. At each of these places we got up close to the wildlife, feeding kangaroos, wallabies and wild lorikeets; we also got to see animals we probably wouldn’t catch a glimpse of in the wild, such as the platypus. The keepers at Lone Pine gave some great talks and we learnt loads of facts about Australian animals, including, sadly, how many are finding it harder to survive as humans destroy their habitat.

Our Top Australian Animal Pictures

Here are some of our best images of Australian animals:

Sleepy Koala at Featherdale

Sleepy Koala at Featherdale

Wallaby and Joey

Wallaby and Joey

Wombat at Featherdale

Wombat

Kangaroo at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Kangaroo at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Little Penguins at Featherdale

Little Penguins at Featherdale

Tazmanian Devil at Featherdale

Tazmanian Devil at Featherdale

Cassowary at Featherdale

Cassowary at Featherdale

Echidna at Featherdale

Echidna at Featherdale

Gnarly Emu at Featherdale

Gnarly Emu at Featherdale

Ibis at Featherdale

Ibis at Featherdale

Koala with Joey at Lone Pine

Koala with Joey at Lone Pine

Sea Eagle at Lone Pine

Sea Eagle at Lone Pine

Crocodile at Lone Pine

Crocodile at Lone Pine

Colourful Lorikeets at Lone Pine

Colourful Lorikeets at Lone Pine

Australian Lizard at Lone Pine

Australian Lizard at Lone Pine

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25 Comments
  • The Guy
    Posted at 12:37h, 17 May Reply

    Fabulous pictures of animals. Is it still true that each State in Australia varies it’s rule as to whether you can physically cuddle a koala or not?
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    • Amy
      Posted at 13:21h, 17 May Reply

      Thanks, we were surprised at how close you could get to take pics. Yes, it is true – we were able to hold a koala in Queensland but only stroke one in New South Wales.

  • Beast
    Posted at 18:50h, 17 May Reply

    Great photos, the koalas are so cute and I love the Tasmanian devil!

    • Amy
      Posted at 04:19h, 18 May Reply

      The Tasmanian Devil was pretty cool; they are always running around scouting out their territory, so they look really busy!

  • Patti
    Posted at 21:26h, 17 May Reply

    Great photos! I remember seeing similar birds during our time in Australia and Abi got to feed a Kangaroo which was pretty crazy!
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    • Amy
      Posted at 04:18h, 18 May Reply

      Thanks Patti, we loved the wild exotic birds, it was crazy walking down the streets and suddenly seeing all these beautiful birds instead of the pigeons we’re used to seeing in London!

  • Mig
    Posted at 17:32h, 18 May Reply

    Beautiful pics! I just learned what a Gnarly Emu and Cassowary looks like. Thank you. I hope to make it to Australia to see them too.

    • Amy
      Posted at 04:39h, 19 May Reply

      Thanks Mig – it was hard to take a bad picture of some of the animals since they’re so amazing.

  • Jo
    Posted at 22:19h, 18 May Reply

    Koalas are almost unbearably cute (unintentional pun)! Very much want to hold a koala. Great pic! Really enjoyed this post. It’s sad that these creatures environments are under threat. Tasmanian Tigers are now extinct and they actually have film footage of these amazing creatures, so very recent and very worrying.

    • Amy
      Posted at 04:47h, 19 May Reply

      Hi Jo, it is very sad. We also learnt when we went snorkelling on the barrier reef how sharks are under threat from hunting, which unbelievably the Australian government allows. We were incredibly lucky to see a reef shark as so many have their fins cut off and are left to die, all for the purpose of making vile shark-fin soup.

  • Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)
    Posted at 11:54h, 19 May Reply

    Squeeee! You got to hold a koala! Aieeee! I really have nothing else to say, because I think my brain has OD’d on cuteness!
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    • Amy
      Posted at 14:37h, 19 May Reply

      I know, it was the cutest thing when he tucked his feet in because they were cold! It did cost $16 for the picture but all the money went to the sanctuary which made it even more worthwhile.

  • Jess
    Posted at 08:32h, 20 May Reply

    I never knew wombats were so cute. And those baby penguins! I didn’t know there were places where you could hold a koala, that looks amazing.
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    • Amy
      Posted at 08:34h, 20 May Reply

      The wombats were quite cute – they could give a nasty bite though!

  • thepotatohead
    Posted at 04:13h, 22 May Reply

    OMG….so jealous right now, holding the Koala looks amazing……And so awesome you got to see Kangaroos! Jealous!
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    • Amy
      Posted at 04:17h, 22 May Reply

      I know – it was pretty cool!

  • DebbZie
    Posted at 13:50h, 22 May Reply

    I love reading your RTW stories and yes, love those pictures of cutest animals.
    Which part of Indonesia are you at now? I hope you enjoy your journey in my country 🙂
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    • Amy
      Posted at 03:06h, 23 May Reply

      Thanks! We’re in Ubud at the moment and are planning a trip to Flores and Komodo Island as well as the Gili Islands and Lombok – you certainly live in a beautiful place!

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  • Chris Flees
    Posted at 03:20h, 11 February Reply

    Very nice animal images. The two images that I really like is the sea Eagle image and the Koala with joey at lone pine. I did not realize that sea eagles were so white, almost snowy. As for the Koala image who doesn’t like baby and young animals?
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    • Amy
      Posted at 03:51h, 11 February Reply

      Thanks Chris, yes, the sea eagle was beautiful! Who doesn’t love baby animals 🙂

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