Generally found living on the coast or within 300 kilometres of the sea, the Australian Masked Owl is one of the many avian inhabitants of the Whitsunday Islands. While nationally their numbers are in steady decline, they maintain a strong population around the Whitsunday Islands and mainland Whitsunday region, and can often be spotted on bushwalks or nature excursions.
The east coast of North Queensland, including the Whitsundays region, is home to the famous saltwater crocodiles and this region is a popular destination for those wanting to see these fascinating creatures in the wild. Proserpine River, was the state’s number one crocodile hotspot between 2000-2012.
The Green-Tree Ant, also known as the Weaver Ant is a common sight amongst the bushland and rainforest of the Whitsundays. The Green Ant is famous for the elaborate nests it constructs in the hanging branches of trees, and also for the ferocity and territorial aggression it displays to any attacks or intrusions. Named after the vibrant colour of its abdomen (the large, tail-end of the ant body), the green ant is found all throughout Northern Australia.
Known officially as the Australian Monitor Lizard, the Goanna is a common sight around the Whitsunday islands. These large predatory lizards can grow up to 2 metres in length and have sharp claws and teeth, making them a fearsome sight. Dark grey in colour with flecks of yellow along their bodies, they are most often seen clinging to trees and branches, or sunbaking on large rocks.
The Whitsundays are full of diverse animal and plant life, both above and below the water. Everywhere you look or explore, there is new species to be witnessed and appreciated, along with the curlew, a Whitsundays local. There are two types of curlews in the Whitsundays, the bush stone curlew and the beach stone curlew.