Meet Local Wildlife in Perth.

Perth and surrounds boasts diverse wildlife experiences and natural wonders to discover.

From marine life to marsupials, there are a range of unique wildlife encounters on offer in and around Perth. Find out more about the amazing wildlife encounters you can experience on land, in and near the sea and in the air below.

Land

Quokkas

On Rottnest Island, you'll meet the cutest mini marsupial, found only in Western Australia, the world famous quokka! Quokkas are generally nocturnal and spend most of the day sleeping and resting under shady bushes and dense vegetation. On the island they can be seen opportunistically feeding during the day.

Kangaroos

You can spot Western Grey Kangaroos in the wild at a number of locations in Perth (best seen at dawn and dusk) - Heirisson Island, located east of the CBD; Yanchep National Park, nestled on the shores of a lake and amid coastal woodland; and Whiteman Park, a popular recreation and conservation reserve in the Swan Valley, which is a biodiversity hotspot, providing habitat for a range of fauna, including 800 kangaroos! You can also see kangaroos in captivity at Caversham Wildlife ParkPerth ZooPerth's Outback Splash and Ranger Red's Zoo & Conservation Park

Koalas

You can spot koalas lounging in the treetops at Yanchep National Park - walk the 240-metre koala boardwalk to view these beautiful creatures amongst the branches of the trees. You can see them in enclosures at Perth Zoo, Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth's Outback Splash and Cohunu Koala Park -  a great place to get that spectacular shot of Australia's native wildlife in natural settings.

Reptiles

The Armadale Reptile & Wildlife Centre houses a large variety of native reptiles and other Australian wildlife with over 70 different species on display. There is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to safely observe animals in their natural habitat settings, to see what they look like, how they behave and to learn about their habits. You'll also see various reptiles at Perth Zoo, Ranger Red's Zoo & Conservation Park and Caversham Wildlife Park.

Farm Animals

Pat, feed and cuddle your favourite farm animals at The Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm and enjoy daily bottle feedings, tractor train rides and more. At Caversham Wildlife Park you can visit Molly's Farm, an interactive farmyard and enjoy a farm show where you can see sheep shearing demonstrations, working sheep dogs, stockman on horseback, billy swinging, whip cracking, bottle feeding the lambs and milking the cow. In the Avon Valley, you can meet, pet and feed various farm animals at the Toodyay Fairytale Farm.  

Nocturnal Animals

Meet some amazing nocturnal animals an after-dark guided tour at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Whiteman Park.

Water

Fairy Penguins

These small marine birds can be found swimming freely in the Shoalwater Marine Park in Rockingham. Perth Wildlife Encounters operate an hourly ferry service to Penguin Island - home to WA's largest colony of fairy penguins. Get up close and learn all about the penguins at the Discovery Centre with three penguin feeding sessions daily with expert commentary.

Dolphins

Perth's warm waters are home to the playful bottlenose dolphin. See them frolicking in the Swan River, off the coast of Rottnest Island, on a canal cruise in Mandurah and through the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park in Rockingham where you can swim with them from September to May with Perth Wildlife Encounters.

Whales

Around April each year thousands of humpback whales leave the rich feeding grounds of Antactica to calf and raise their young in the warmer waters of the the North West. On the return journey south, from September to December, they pass close to the Perth coast allowing a unique opportunity to see these amazing creatures up close on a whale watching adventure cruise. You may also view them from travelling along the coast from various Perth beaches, and viewing platforms on Rottnest Island. You can also take tours to the Perth Canyon, 50 nautical miles off the coast of Perth, to see rare Blue Whales in March and April each year.

Australian Sea Lions

Rockingham's Shoalwater Islands Marine Park is one of Perth's favourite natural wonders. Join a sea kayaking expedition or cruise amongst the chain of islands, including Seal Island where you'll see Australian Sea Lions lazing on the beach or playing in the surrounding waters. You can also view sea lions on a glass-bottom boat or adventure cruise.

New Zealand Fur Seals

Rottnest Island is home to a colony of New Zealand Fur Seals. You can spot them playing in the water and basking on the rocks from a fantastic new viewing platform at Cathedral Rocks at the West End of the island. You can get there by bike or on the Island Explorer bus, but is closed to diving and boating.

Tropical Fish

Rottnest Island is a haven for snorkellers and divers alike. Sitting in the path of the warm Leeuwin Current, the island boasts 135 species of tropical species - as compared to 11 off the metropolitan coastline. The current also brings visitors such as whales and the green turtle. Step off the beach (there are 20 to choose from) and follow one of the snorkel trails or join tour to explore the coral reefs and wrecks off this island paradise. A visit to AQWA will bring you face-to-face with WA's spectacular marine life in their underwater tunnel (the largest in Australia) and living coral reef.

Air

Black Swans

The first settlers named their colony "Swan River Colony" because black swans lived on the riverbanks. You can still see these majestic birds along the Swan River, in particular South Perth and Matilda Bay; on Lake Monger Reserve; Herdsman Lake; Bibra Lake; and Claremont and Shenton Park Lakes.

Birdlife

Thousands of species of native birdlife can be found in national and regional parks and reserves across the region, with many fantastic birdwatching locations. Spot Western Wattlebirds, Sacred Kingfishers and Western Spinebills at Kings Park; White-faced Heron, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Cockatoos and Kookaburras at Araluen Botanic Park; swamp hens in Yanchep National Park and a variety of species at John Forrest National Park, Avon Valley National Park, Greenmount National Park and more.

Seabirds

Rottnest Island's West End Boardwalk provides a fantastic opportunites to see nesting shearwater birds as well as osprey nests known to be over 70 years old! With 50 species of seabirds found around Rockingham, including the largest colony of pelican of pelicans in WA, it is an important nesting, feeding and roosting site for many birds which you can learn about at the interpretive centre. Penguin Island in the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park off Rockingham is a sanctuary home to many species of birds including Bridal tern, Caspian tern, Pied Cormorant, pelicans, and of course, the Little Penguins.

Wildlife Attractions

Perth boast a diverse range of attractions offering an unforgettable wildlife encounter, from zoos to wildlife parks.
  • If you love enjoying a day outdoors, interacting with nature and enjoying amazing bush land, you’ve come to the right place. Tucked away in Paulls...
  • Caversham Wildlife Park & Zoo is situated in Whiteman Park and houses one of the largest collections of native fauna in Western Australia. Whilst at...
  • Witness the annual southern migration of the humpback whales on a scenic 2-hour whale watching cruise departing from your choice of tourism precinct -...
  • Are you interested in meeting native animals? Or are you interested in the care of sick and injured wildlife? Take a guided tour at Kanyana, and learn...
  • Blessed with white sandy beaches and surrounded by crystal clear waters, Penguin Island is just 45 minutes south of Perth and lies a 5 minute ferry...
  • Opened to the public in 1995, the Armadale Reptile & Wildlife Centre houses a large variety of native reptiles and other Australian wildlife with over...

Wildlife Tours in Perth

Experience a wildlife encounter with one of these tour operators.
  • WA NT TOURS are the specialists for guided small group tours (English, German, Swiss German, French and other languages on request) with more than 21...
  • This is your exclusive invitation to the world of secret getaways – welcome to Super Yachts Perth. Indulge your senses with unsurpassed six and seven...
  • GOGO Active tours are a bike and kayak tour business that provide safe and organised guided tours to some of Perth’s well known highlights plus some...
  • Don't let the Swan River, Rottnest Island and Fremantle pass you by, set your own pace without taking a step. Segways are the most exhilarating and...
  • Two Feet & a Heartbeat is a multiple award-winning experiential tourism provider specialising in fully escorted tours in Perth and Western Australia...
  • Hoist the sails for a magical eco-experience aboard the famous yellow sailing catamaran, a much-loved icon of Perth. 2, 3 or 8 hour tours departing...
  • Whiteman Park is a unique conservation and recreation reserve, covering 4,000 hectares of natural bushland and leisure facilities. Located just 25...
  • Boutique Cruise offers small group private boat Charters on the Swan river, Rottnest or Carnac island. Grab your friends and family for a fun day out...

Nature and Wildlife Experiences

Perth is sprawling with stunning nature reserves, marine parks and forests where you can get up close to our stunning flora and fauna all year round.
Swan Valley, Caversham Wildlife Park

Nature and Wildlife Attractions

From wildlife parks and zoos to nature reserves and parks, there are plenty of places to visit in Perth to get back to nature.

Nature and Wildlife Tours

Experience our unique wildlife and stunning forests and flora up close on a nature and wildlife tour.

Swim with dolphins tour, Rockingham Wild Encounters

Nature's Calendar

WA boasts spectacular natural events and attractions. Occurring at particular times or seasons of the year, these natural events offer unique opportunities for visitors to be touched by nature. 

Quokka, Rottnest Island

Wildlife Encounters

Perth and surrounds boasts diverse wildlife experiences and natural wonders to discover. From marine life to marsupials, there are a range of unique wildlife encounters on offer.

Serpentine Falls

National, Nature and Marine Parks

Discover some stunning scenery on offer in the national, nature and marine parks of Perth and surrounds which you can explore by foot, bike, or snorkel!

Bibbulmun Track, Mt Vincent, Mandurah and Peel

Perth Walking Trails

Perth is the perfect destination for setting out on foot! Most of the tracks and trails can be easily explored in one day and others can take several days. 

Rottnest Fast Ferries, Whale Watching

Whale Watching 

Off the coast of Perth, you can join whale watching cruises to see Blue Whales from March to April and Humpback Whales from September to November.

Wildflower Trails, Perth

Wildflowers Season

Enjoy WA's precious natural treasures at a number of sights around Perth and surrounds from September - November.

Stargazing in Perth

Travel from city lights to starlight, and along the way discover charming country towns, local produce and adventure experiences. 

Plan Your Trip to Perth

Start planning your visit by finding out what to do in Perth during the day and night. See all accommodation, tours, attractions, activities, food and drink and retail in Perth.

Pool, Crown Towers Perth

Accommodation in Perth

You'll find a diverse range of accommodation to suit all budgets and styles all across Perth from five-star resorts to caravan parks.

Rottnest Express Eco Tour, Rottnest Island

Tours in Perth

Tours around Perth and surrounds take you to some of the most exciting and interesting holiday spots from hot air ballooning in the Avon Valley to cruising the Swan River.

Perth's Outback Splash, Maze

Attractions in Perth

There's plenty of attractions to choose from in Perth and surrounds, with fun-filled activities for all ages.

Public House, Perth City

Food and Drink in Perth

Whether its dining in an elegant restaurant overlooking the river or sampling local wines, Perth boasts an extensive buffet from which to delight your tastebuds.

Aspects of Kings Park, Perth City

Retail in Perth

Perth offers a host of shopping options to choose from - stock up on the latest fashions, buy unique art or head to a local market.

Apollo Motorhome Holidays

Hire in Perth

Looking to explore Perth on your own? There are plenty of hire options available from cars and motorhomes to bikes and kayaks.

Autumn in Perth

You don't have to wander far to find wide open spaces, awe-inspiring scenery, and a world of autumnal adventure in the Perth region.