Nature and Biodiversity

Nature and Biodiversity

Let’s be honest. For international travellers, a visit to Australia’s isn’t complete without seeing our cuddly, cute and friendly creatures. There’s the obvious ones, such as kangaroos and quokkas for you to tick off the list, but there’s plenty of up-close experiences with farm animals too. After all, animal spotting isn’t just for kids!


You’ve probably been told the only place to spot quokkas (AKA the happiest animals on the planet) is on Rottnest Island close to Perth. Historically, quokkas inhabited many areas within the south west. There is one little colony on the mainland still, and they live in the vegetation under the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk near Walpole. We’re not sure if they’re as keen on #quokkaselfies as their northern cousins, but keep your eyes peeled for these cute creatures!


You’ll be able to tick off a few of the must-see Australian native animals at the Bunbury Wildlife Park. There’s the opportunity to pat kangaroos and emus, chat with cockatoos and Australian birds, and spot wombats and other cuddly marsupials.


In addition to myriad games and activities on offer at Karri Valley Resort, plus an evening parade from the resident kangaroos as they hop to nearby paddocks, there’s daily feeding at 3pm at the resort’s onsite animal farm. You’ll probably make friends with the local bird life which inhabit your chalet deck too.


Gary Muir and the team at WOW Wilderness Cruises have been making visitors double over with laughter since they started running tours on the Walpole inlet decades ago. Learn about the region’s rare wildlife in a funny and informative guided tour aboard their eco cruise.


Set on the site of Albany’s Historic Whaling Station, Discovery Bay’s Australian Wildlife Park is home to over 100 animals, including many rare native Australian mammals. There’s rare white kangaroos, flying foxes, quolls, woylies and their resident koala, Frank.

Interact with animals

In Australia’s South West there’s plenty of up-close experiences with our native creatures and lots of places you can interact with farm animals too.

Bunbury Wildlife Park

Interact with wildlife right in the heart of Bunbury! With over 260 varieties of birds, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, marsupials and farm animals you’re sure to find a favorite animal friend.

Albany’s Historic Whaling Station

Visit the only complete whaling station tourism attraction in the world.

Denmark Animal Farm & Pentland Alpaca Stud

Hands-on animal farm with alpacas, kangaroos, emus, and more!

Yongernow Australian Malleefowl Centre

Where to stay

From farm stays to forest retreats surrounded by wildlife, here’s our top accommodation picks for animal lovers.

Chestnut Brae Farmstay

Aunique farmstay experience on an organic sweet chestnut farm in Nannup.

Margaret River Holiday Cottages

Cottages in the heart of Margaret River, the perfect retreat for couples and families.

Burnside Organic Farm

Margaret River winery with bungalow accommodation and organic farm tours.

Donnelly River Village

Heritage listed cottages surrounded by native animals and trails.

Diamond Forest Farm Stay

A peaceful farmstay property on the edge of the tall timber forests in the South West.

William Bay Cottages

Unique, hand crafted accommodation to explore Denmark and surrounds.


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Welcome to Australia’s South West!

Here you can easily enjoy natural beaches beautiful vineyards, forests, caves and more, all in a single day. More than 23,000km make up the south west corner of Western Australia, with 1000 of those kilometres consisting of awe-inspiring coastline just waiting to be explored.


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