Whitsundays Animal Species
The Whitsundays is a great place to check out some of the local marine species and wildlife! Here are some of the commonly-sighted creatures both on the mainland and under the water.
Green Sea Turtles
You are guaranteed to see and even swim alongside these special species on a day or overnight sailing trip around the Whitsundays Islands. Green Sea Turtles are often spotted bobbing up for a breath on the surface, or if you are visiting one of the popular snorkel sites, such as Blue Pearl Bay, they may just be cruising around under the water!
Proserpine Rock Wallaby
A special breed of wallaby which is native to the Whitsundays mainland and islands, the Proserpine Rock Wallaby is an endangered species with just a few hundred animals remaining. While in bushland, certainly keep your eyes open for these smaller breed of wallabies.
The Whitsundays is fortunate to be a popular breeding ground for humpback and pilot whales along their annual migration from Antarctica. Whale season is generally in the cooler months between July to September and it is a very frequent occurrence to see a pod of whales or a mother and calf playing and breaching around the Whitsunday islands.
These are certainly a special sighting in the Whitsundays, with many travellers wanting to tick off the ‘manta ray’ on their bucket list! These unique, elegant marine creatures glide around the islands and reefs, with Manta Ray Bay being the hot spot to see them at certain times of the year.
These large reptiles run the rivers and creeks around the Whitsundays and a great sight to see in their natural habitat. The best way to see a saltwater croc in the wild is on the Crocodile Safari which takes passengers along the Proserpine River. Though croc sightings around the Whitsunday islands are rare, it is important to be aware of these creatures.