The Wildlife Experience

Wildlife Experience

Day 1 and 2 - Spend the day kayaking with dolphins in Byron Bay. (Recommended stay: 1 to 2 days)

Day 3 - Set sail for a unique whale watching experience in Coffs Harbour. (Recommended stay: 1 day)

Day 4 and 5 - Visit the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie and discover how the furry marsupials are cared for. (Recommended stay: 2 days)

Day 6 - Get up close and personal with some iconic Australian wildlife in Somersby. (Recommended stay: 1 to 2 days)

Four mesmerising New South Wales stops for wildlife lovers

What better way to start the adventure than by taking in the beautiful East Coast scenery while kayaking around the Byron Bay marine reserve. Fly to Ballina and make your way to Byron Bay to embark on guided tour and get up close and personal with bottlenose dolphins and sea turtles. If you're there between May and November, you may even witness whales migrating past the coastline.

Next stop, Coffs Harbour. Set sail around the Coffs Coast and enjoy the breath-taking sight of humpback whales. The more adventurous visitors aboard some of the boats can even lay on nets suspended over the bow and experience a truly 'wet and wild' ride while the whales swim below. This event is seasonal, make sure you don't miss out by visiting between May and November.

The next stop, Port Macquarie, is a two hour drive south of Coffs Harbour. The Koala Hospital here, staffed by volunteers and funded by charity, has been rescuing and rehabilitating injured koalas since 1973.

You've already encountered whales, turtles, dolphins and koalas, but there is more native wildlife to meet. With a variety of different animals sheltered within its walls, the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby is the perfect place to meet some of Australia's strangest and most fascinating creatures. Among the animals included in the hands-on experience are Komodo Dragons, real life Tasmanian Devils and even resident celebrity, Hugo the Galapagos Tortoise.

Take advantage of our extensive Australian domestic network to see more of New South Wales and Australia. We fly to over 60 destinations across the country, including 12 in New South Wales. Plus, if you book your domestic flights at the same time as your Qantas international flights, you could save on the cost with the Qantas Walkabout Pass.

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