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Seasonal Animal Calendar

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

Summer (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.


Grey Nurse Sharks

Best place: Wolf Rock, Sunshine Coast.

Best time: Dec - Feb


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


Spring (Sep - Nov)


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.


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


Year Round


Best place: Daintree Rainforest, Mission Beach and Cape Tribulation in Tropical North Queensland.

Best time: Early morning and late afternoon.


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.



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: Cape Hillsborough, Mackay

Best time: Sunrise.



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