The fuzzy mask of the koala is one of the first photos that comes to mind when foreigners visit Australia. The koala, along with the kangaroo, is perhaps Australia’s most famous breed, but there are plenty of other adorable Australian animals to spot when you arrive.
There are a lot of animals in Australia that aren’t so cute, and some of them are even dangerous. It’s comforting to know that while traveling across the world, you could come across some friendly and cuddly creatures.
Continue reading to learn about ten adorable Australian animals that aren’t koalas.
A sugar glider is a tiny marsupial with a super cute face that can be found all over mainland Australia. The sugar glider is a type of possum with a membrane connecting its hind legs and forelegs that allows it to glide through the air. They’re usually located high in the trees along the country’s north and east coasts.
Sugar glider is the name given to a nocturnal marsupial that loves sweet foods such as sap and nectar. Sugar gliders tend to be with other sugar gliders rather than be alone, which is why they live in colonies.
Although the quokka is as cute as the more well-known Australian animal, the koala, it is much less common. These small furry animals, which are often referred to as kangaroos the size of cats, can only be found in Western Australia’s southwest.
The majority of people who want to see a quokka up close and personal go to Rottnest Island, which has about 10,000 of the nocturnal marsupials. They’re also claimed to be among Australia’s friendliest native animals, and they’re known for jumping up to tourists for a selfie.
Is there anything cuter than this squishy little marsupial? Wombats can be found in the Australian bush, mainly in the southeastern parts of the country, including New South Wales’ Blue Mountains National Park. Wombats are well-known for their burrowing habits, and they use their strong claws to dig long tunnels underground, which they use to hide in.
Wombats are difficult to detect in the wild because they prefer to stay underground in their burrow system. If you see their distinctive cube-shaped droppings, you’ll know a wombat is nearby.
Dingoes aren’t known for their cuteness. True, these mammals have been accused of targeting human babies in the past, but they are just as adorable as any other dog. You do have to keep in mind that they are wild dogs, which means they eat meat.
Dingoes can be found in all of Australia’s states except Tasmania. On Fraser Island in Queensland, the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and the deserts of South Australia and the Northern Territory are among the best places to see them.
The echidna is a spiny anteater that looks like a porcupine and is one of the world’s rarest species. Since these animals are covered in sharp spikes, you won’t want to pick them up and hug them, but you’ll want to squeeze them when you see their adorable faces. The echidna, along with the platypus, is the only living monotreme (egg-laying mammal) on the world.
Echidnas can be found in mainland Australia and New Guinea. They can also be found in Tasmania, as well as on King Island, Flinders Island, and Kangaroo Island.
The platypus, which is a hybrid between a duck, a beaver, and an otter, is another monotreme that can be found in Australia. Cute as a button! When British biologist George Shaw first encountered the platypus in 1799, he thought it was a hoax. He also tried to figure out whether the duck’s bill had been sewn onto the body of a beaver.
Since they prefer to dig burrows along riverbanks, these animals are difficult to spot in the wild. Any calm river in eastern Australia’s coastal areas is the best place to see them (if luck is on your side).
The kangaroo, like the koala, is an iconic Australian species that visitors want to see up close and personal when they visit Australia. You can get up close and personal with these hopping animals in most wildlife parks around the country, and even feed them.
Kangaroos can also be found in the wild in rural Australia, though they have been known to make their way into major cities. If you come across a kangaroo in the wild, you should exercise caution, particularly if it’s an alpha male defending his territory or a mother with a joey. They can really kick!
A wallaby is a small kangaroo with a much lower profile than its larger equivalent. Wallabies, the smallest member of the kangaroo family, can be even cuter than larger kangaroos due to their diminutive size. They can also be found in several wildlife parks throughout the world. When you’re in Australia, it’s worth paying the admission fee to walk through one of these parks and feed and pet a koala.
Unfortunately, one of the two populations of wallaby is now endangered due to widespread meat and fur hunting.
Tree-kangaroos aren’t the same as the jumping kangaroos that most visitors are familiar with, but they’re still adorable. The population of this arboreal plant, which is native to the tropical rainforests of Far North Queensland, is in decline due to habitat loss and hunting.
These marsupials, about the size of a small dog, eat leaves and berries that they may collect from trees. In captivity, some tree-kangaroos are omnivores, consuming rodents, eggs, and birds. Tree-kangaroos walk slowly on the ground as they try to balance their heavy tail.
Tasmanian devils may not appear to be cute, but take a look at that face! These carnivorous marsupials are only found in the wild in Tasmania, or in wildlife parks in the rest of the world. They are notorious for having a bad temper. That’s why they were dubbed “The Devil” by early European settlers.
Tasmanian devils also make terrifying screeches, which must have scared off the early settlers. Devils, which can be found in the wild in mainland Australia, have been hunted for their teeth for thousands of years, leading to their extinction in all but Tasmania.