Australian Animal Seasonal Calendar

Where and when is the best time to see iconic Australian wildlife in Queensland? This quick wildlife seasonal calendar will give you the best advice on how to spot them in the wild!

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Aussie Animal Seasonal Calendar

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Best place: Daintree Rainforest, Mission Beach and Cape Tribulation in Tropical North Queensland.
Best time: Early morning and late afternoon.

Crocodile Spotting

Best place: Daintree River, Tropical North Queensland.
Best Time: During the day when they are sunning themselves.


Best place: Fraser Island, Fraser Coast.
Fact: Fraser Island, off the coast of Queensland, has some of the most “purest” dingos in eastern Australia.


Best Places: Tangalooma, Moreton Island and Tin Can Bay, Sunshine Coast.
Best Time: At dusk to hand-feed them.


Best place: The largest colony concentration in the wild at Magnetic Island, Townsville.
Best time: Koalas are mostly active at night and around dawn and dusk. 

Manta Rays

Best place: Lady Elliot Island, Southern Great Barrier Reef
Best Time: All year round although they come in larger groups in May and June.


Best place: Cape Hillsborough, Mackay
Best Time: Sunrise.


Best place: Eungella National Park, Mackay
Best time: Morning 4-8am and afternoon 3-7pm. Platypus are not inquisitive animals and are easily scared of noise and people. To increase your chances of seeing one in the wild, respect these viewing times and of course be discreet and quiet.


Best place: Mon Repos beach, Bundaberg North Burnett, Lady Elliot Island
Best Time: November to January: Mother turtles come ashore to nest, January to March: tiny hatchlings take their first flips towards the shore, swim with the sea turtles all year round at Lady Elliot Island.

Summer (Dec - Feb)

Grey Nurse Sharks

Best place: Wolf Rock, Sunshine Coast.
Best time: Dec – Feb


Best Place: Mount Etna, Capricorn. 
Best Time: Dec – Feb

Bennett's tree kangaroo

Best Place: The lowland rainforest of the Daintree from Cooktown to the Daintree River.
Best Time: Summer time is the best time to see this elusive creature as they move towards the canopy floor to get to the shade from the summer heat.

Autumn (Mar - May)


Best place: Charleville, Outback Queensland.
Best time: Apr – Oct

Winter (Jun - Aug)

Manta Rays

Best place: Lady Elliot Island, Southern Great Barrier Reef.
Best time: Peak Manta Season is between May and August but these beautiful creatures can be seen all year round.

Minke Whales

Best place: Great Barrier Reef near Cairns and Port Douglas.
Best time: Jun – Jul

Whale Watching
Best place: Hervey Bay, Tropical North Queensland, Great Barrier Reef, Sunshine Coast
Best Time: June to November in Hervey Bay, June to July in Tropical North Queensland, July to October on the Sunshine Coast

Spring (Sep - Nov)

Seabird Breeding Season

Seabirds including Noddy’s, Tern’s and the Brown Booby birds!
Best Place: Lady Elliot Island, Southern Great Barrier Reef.
Best Time: Sep – Mar


Best Places: The banks of Moreton and Amity in Moreton Bay, Brisbane.
Best Time: Sep – Oct is when most dugongs calves are born but they can be seen all year round. 

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