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Traveling to Australia?
There are flights into Sydney, Brisbane and Perth from Asia, Europe and the USA.  Connecting flights from Europe and Africa usually go through Dubai or Asia.  Once in Australia you can travel to many cities to access the desert, rainforest, mountains or sea coast.  Self-drive rental cars are also a good way to get around.  There are eco-tours to the Great Barrier Reef, the interior and the rainforests.  Birding trips are especially rewarding in Australia.

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A large male stands guard in front of a female grey kangaroo
Alert Eastern Grey kangaroo with
juvenile.  Snowy Mountains, NSW

FAUNA OF AUSTRALIA

This section highlights some of the unique animals and birds of Australia.

Australia is one BIG island.  Actually, it's a continent, of course, and a very complex one in terms of plants and animals.  Although we spent over 8 months cruising Australia we visited only a very small part of this country that is as large as the United States.

For Australian animal identification we used several different guides (mouse over the links for more info):

Birds of Australia (Princeton Field Guides) by Ken Simpson and Nicolas Day; Princeton University Press.

A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia by Peter Menkhorst and Frank Knight; Oxford University Press

Encyclopedia of Australian Wildlife by Steve Parish and Pat Slater; Steve Parish Publishing, Australia

Our other information on the animals of Australia came from park rangers, naturalists and guides, plus brochures and information signs in the parks that we visited, in addition to the material picked up here and there in books.  The main parks we visited include: The Blue Mountains, Kosciusko National Park, Wilson's Promontory, The Grampians, The Great Ocean Road and Alpine National Park.

We apologize for the lack of a flora page but there was just too much to learn about the animals without getting into detail on the botanical side of things!

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