Darwin is the place to experience crocodiles; best to discover them in a burger on the peer or at a safe distant on a boat. Book one day croc spotting tours at the hostel, come face to face with Australia’s deadliest predator in the safety of a transparent box at Crocosaurus Cove, or launch into an adventure tour of Kakadu and see them in exquisite surroundings. Close to all the action is Darwin YHA - where you can book all your crocodile activities too.
Phillip Island, VIC
Experience the magic of little penguins returning home at sunset to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia on this beautiful island– only 90 minutes drive from Melbourne. They are so tiny and cute you will be tempted to put them on your bag, but don't. And when the penguins settle down in the sand you can get comfy under a blanket at Phillip Island YHA.
Magnetic Island, QLD
These big balls of soft fluff melt everyones heart, and you can see them all over the country. If you want a really unique koala experience then head to Magnetic Island; Bungalow Bay Koala Village is Australia’s only resort with resident koalas and other Aussie wildlife on site in its boutique wildlife park. At this tropical YHA you can hold a koala or even a young crocodile if you dare.
The Tasmanian Devil is an icon, and it's sadly endangered. The world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial, the devil has a thick-set, squat build, with a relatively large, broad head and short, thick tail. The fur is mostly or wholly black, they are bad tempered but cute. Despite their funny behaviour they will find a way into your heart.
And if you travel to Tasmania to visit them you will also be greeted with spectacular scenery and much more unique wildlife. From Hobart you can take day trips to experience them all – Just ask Mike at Montgomery’s YHA where to spot penguins, wombats, and of course, Tasmanian Devils.
Emus, Emus (Whale Sharks) and more Emus are the welcoming committee to Exmouth – along with resident kangaroos that actually wander the streets of the town centre. These oversized chickens can grow up to 2 metres tall. The emu is the largest Australian bird and its the second-largest extant bird in the world by height after the ostrich.
Get down with your featherd friends at Exmouth YHA, which is also the gateway to Ningaloo Reef where you can see whale sharks, humpback whales, and turtles among other unique sea life.