By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: Where is the best place to see Australia's wildlife?

A: Australia’s indigenous flora and fauna reads like a Who’s Who of rare species so you’ll find as you roam across the “Place Down Under” that virtually every city is known to have a wildlife park of sorts.

One of my favourite outdoor past-times is critter watching in the natural settings. Besides visiting the home of the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo (, you’ll find plenty of wildlife lurking about in their natural habitats throughout the national parks.

You can’t get any more dramatic than watching animals in rutting season or watching them chow down on freshly caught game. The national parks here house such animals as kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, fairy penguins, crocodiles, and other native animals.

Here’s a quick list of some of the country's national parks popular among wildlife buffs: Lamington National Park in southern Queensland (; Cradle Mountain National Park in Tasmania (; Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island in South Australia (; and Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory (


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