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Watching wildlife

Watching wildlife can be a fascinating pastime. When you watch native animals, you can learn a lot about their behaviour. Birdwatching is probably the most popular wildlife watching activity.

Many people also enjoy photographing animals, though getting close enough to get a good picture of a wild animal is particularly difficult. It is important not to disturb animals when watching or photographing them. This is particularly important when they are nesting or feeding their young.

Here in Queensland, people have a chance to experience two special wildlife events.

Every year in summer, marine turtles come ashore to lay eggs. These eggs later hatch into young turtles which emerge from the sand and rapidly head back to the ocean. You can watch nesting turtles and hatchlings at several places. The best place is Mon Repos Regional Park near Bundaberg on the central Queensland coast. You can also go turtle watching on national park islands in the Capricorn and Bunker Groups off Gladstone.

Once hunted to the verge of extinction, humpback whales are enjoying a comeback. Every winter, humpback whales migrate up and down the east coast of Australia from Antarctica. You can see the migrating whales from vantage points along the coast, particularly national parks.

The best places to watch whales are Great Sandy Marine Park, Moreton Bay Marine Park and the Whitsundays where the whales spend time each year.

Everyone can enjoy these special encounters with our marine native animals provided you take care not to disturb these fascinating creatures.

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Last reviewed
11 May 2016
Last updated
9 June 2011