No matter where you live, the one big attraction in Australia seems to be those beloved animals that children of all ages are fascinated by. Did you know that there are more than 378 species of mammals in Australia and least 828 species of birds?
Added to that, there are more than 4,000 species of fish, and when it comes to reptiles, there are more than 300 species of lizards. If it sounds like any kid’s paradise, you are absolutely right. However, in all this, there are six unique species of cute animals that would make any child’s camping trip a sheer delight.
1 | Kangaroos
What kid doesn’t know about the kangaroo that carries its young around in a pouch? Families love to find the best tent reviewed on myfamilytent.com with enough sleeping space to bring the entire clan. So many kids go through life yearning to see a kangaroo in its natural habitat, and what better place than the only place they can be found outside a zoo? That’s right, in Australia, on your family camping trip.
2 | Koalas
Every child has probably owned a stuffed koala bear toy before they reach the age of two because these are some of the cutest, cuddliest-looking creatures on earth. Although they are not actually a bear, we still refer to them as koala bears, which is probably why kids adore them.
3 | Dingoes
Now here is an animal you really don’t want your kids getting too close to. A dingo is a feral dog and it can be quite a threat to any small humans. It certainly is a threat to livestock and its proclivity towards plundering those lovable kangaroos shows just how lethal they can be. It’s great to teach your kids about these close relatives to our domesticated dogs, but don’t let them get too close.
4 | Platypuses
This mammal would be found on camping trips near the ocean as it is known as a semi-aquatic mammal that lays eggs to bear its young. Along with echidnas, it is one of only four remaining species of mammals that still lay eggs. Sometimes called the duck-billed platypus, which you’ll understand once you’ve seen them, this is one of the most exciting animals to teach your children about.
5 | Wallabies
Technically, there is no such creature as a wallaby. The name refers to at least 30 different species of marsupials in Australia who are all close relatives to the kangaroo. A marsupial is a pouched animal, so these should be easy to teach your children about because you can make the connection to that hippity-hoppity creature they so adore.
6 | Echidnas
Sometimes called a spiny anteater, echidnas lay eggs like platypuses. Although they are referred to as an anteater, they are not very closely related to the animals we have here in the United States. The long-ago ancestor of echidnas was aquatic, but these mammals have adapted better to land than the platypus, so they are not semi-aquatic. Instead, they live on land.
So, if you are looking for a unique camping experience where the kids will learn lots about wildlife seeing first-hand some of their all-time favourite animals, Australia is the place to take go. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip your kids will never forget – and neither will you!