Throughout Western Australia you can find a wide range of native animals.
Dolphins, whales and sea life
There are numerous protected marine parks and reefs across the State; the most popular is Ningaloo Marine Park, home to some of the world’s best diving spots. This is also where you can swim with whale sharks.
Monkey Mia offers a one-on-one experience of feeding and swimming with bottlenose dolphins and is also home to dugongs. The Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre offers a similar experience.
Southern right whales and humpbacks migrate during winter with their calves. Whale watching charters operate in Perth and regional areas with the best viewing in the South West region.
Part of the national emblem, the kangaroo, is a familiar sight around most parts of regional Western Australia.
Take care when driving outside of the metropolitan area on country roads, as these large marsupials can jump out from bushland areas without warning.
Crocodiles and snakes
Crocodiles are generally found in the remote north west of the State. If you want to view a crocodile in its natural habitat, it is best to take a guided tour with an experienced guide to view them safely.
Western Australia has its share of snakes, although it is rare to see them as they shy away from humans.
Pets are common in Western Australia – the most popular being dogs and cats.
Pets are regulated by shires (local councils) which often limit the number of pets per household and enforce the annual registration of certain pets.
For more information on Western Australian flora and fauna, visit the
Tourism Western Australia website.