These island nations offer up some of the more unique animals in the world. At one point in history scientists believed that three islands were one continent known as Gondwana, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. They drifted apart and the wildlife on each evolved into one of a kind animals found nowhere else in the world.
Australia, the largest island continent in the world is home to very unique wildlife. Marsupials of every size shape and description abound from tiny Quoll’s to the enormous Red Kangaroo. The most well-known marsupial is the Koala. The largest Crocodile in the world is one of the many unique reptiles of Australia. The island has an abundant variety of fabulous bird life. Examples are the large flightless bird, the Emu and great flocks of colourful parrots.
If aquatic animals are your thing, the Great Barrier Reef off the east coast is a must see. A chain of 2600 reefs and 300 coral cays make up the largest aquatic biome in the world. The Great Barrier Reef is large enough to be easily seen from space. It is the top scuba and snorkel destination in the world.
New Zealand is composed of two islands. The North Island is ideal for seeing large coastal bird colonies, a wide variety of whales and dolphins. Inland there are wonderful national parks and ancient forests, home to a variety of animals, with one of the most unique reptiles in the world, the Tuataras considered to be a living fossil.
The South Island is more mountainous. The mountain range that runs down the center of the Island is known as the Southern Alps. This island is home to some very unique birds including the Kea and the Kakapoo. It is also home to a variety of penguins most notable is the Little Blue Penguin.
Best Time to Visit: Australia & New Zealand are located in the Southern Hemisphere. The best time to visit is from October to March.
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