The Cutest Animals in Western Australia Besides Koalas & Kangaroos!

The Cutest Animals in Western Australia Besides Koalas & Kangaroos!

Western Australia is home to the happiest animal on Earth, the Quokka, and some of cutest animals in the world!

When you think of Australia, it’s hard not to conjure up images of their very unique and adorable animals. Due to the continent’s geographical position, it is home to many different native species of animals that cannot be found anywhere else. Two of such examples are the koala and kangaroo – these well-loved marsupials are indigenous to Australia and are arguably, the animals that are most emblematic of the country.

Regardless of how loveable they are, one should not forget about the many other species of wildlife in Australia. In particular, Western Australia has an abundance of native animal species, and you’d be surprised at just how cute they can be! Here are some of the cutest encounters you can have with wildlife in this incredible region.

1. Quokkas

Don’t you feel an inexplicable need to break out into a huge smile? That’s the effect that the quokka, or the world’s happiest animal, has on most people! These little marsupials are the size of domesticated cats and can only be found in Western Australia. Although they are nocturnal, many of them can be found roaming around in the day to search for food.

Quokkas at Rottnest Island, Perth, Western Australia

Image credit: Jin Xiang (left), Barney Moss (left)

Without trying to anthropomorphise too much, the quokkas do emanate benevolence and warmth – just look at their smiles! Many people have grown to adore these little critters, and can’t help but steal a selfie with them (they’ll gladly oblige). Do remember to treat them with care and respect, and don’t feed these herbivores any human food or snacks.

Where to find them: Rottnest Island, WA 6161

2. Numbats

Numbats in Perth Zoo, Western Australia

Image credit: S J Bennett

One of the most underrated native animals of all time is the numbat, also known as the banded anteater. Even though it is the state emblem of Western Australia, few people outside the country know of its adorable existence.

Numbats in Perth Zoo, Western Australia

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This inquisitive and elegant animal is in fact, one of Western Australia’s most endangered marsupials and extensive conservation efforts have been made to combat its near-extinction. It’s time to pay some attention to these incredible creatures and ensure their survival long into the future.

Where to find them: Dryandra Woodland, Dryandra via, Tomingley Road, Dryandra WA 6311

3. Alpacas

Image Credit: MICOLO J Thanx

Not many people know the difference between an alpaca and a llama but let’s face it, alpacas are so much cuter! Their soft, thick wool coats are often trimmed, giving them their very own personal style. Though they are not wild animals, you can find them in free-roaming grasslands and are too cute to miss out on!

Cute Alpacas in Perth, Western Australia

Their frequent interaction with humans has allowed them to be very sociable and curious, so don’t be afraid to go up to say hi. Take one step further to pat, and even feed them! One of their strangest habits is to spit when they feel distressed or are trying to exert dominance; expect them to shoot wads of spit at each other, or even at humans. To avoid this, just make sure that you are kind and loving to these delicate creatures.

Where to find them: Denmark Animal Farm & Pentland Animal Stud, 2019 Scotsdale Rd, Denmark WA 6333

4. Echidnas

Cute echidna in Western Australia

Echidnas, also known as the spiny anteater, are unique mammals found all over Australia but are rarely seen because they’re rather shy. To avoid the harsh climate, they burrow for shelter or use caves and rock crevices to hide. If you’re hoping to spot them, head over to Kalamunda and take the Bibbulmun track for a good view.

Where to find: Bibbulmun Track, Kalamunda WA 6076, Australia

5. Wallabies

Cute wallabies in Western Australia

A wallaby selfie is a rite of passage for all visitors to Western Australia. Commonly mistaken for a kangaroo, the wallaby is much smaller and has a brighter coat with two to three different colours. They are typically friendly and can be found in more remote, rocky areas. A visit to Kalbarri National Park guarantees a face to face meeting with these furry creatures.

Where to find them: Kalbarri National Park, 70 Grey St, Kalbarri WA 6536, Australia

6. Owls

Baby Sooty Owl at Western Australia's Caversham Wildlife Park

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Who knew that owls could be so cute? Australia is home to a large variety of owls, although different species can only be found in specific regions. Sooty Owls are bred and kept at the Caversham Wildlife Park and you can marvel at the endearing baby owls – they’re basically just bundles of feathers and pure joy.

Barking Owl, Western Australia

Image credit: Julie Edgley

Otherwise, Barking Owls are the cutest species found in the wild. Just look at those big round eyes! These precious birds are more elusive, and can only be spotted in open woodlands and at the edge of forests.

Where to find them: Caversham Wildlife Park, B/Lot 99 Lord St, Whiteman WA 6068 or in open woodlands

7. Penguins

Cute Penguins in Western Australia

To catch sight of penguins, simply head down to Penguin Island situated South of Perth to get your fix of their adorable waddle. Being home to the largest population of Little Penguins in Western Australia, you’re sure to witness several cuddle puddles that make for a good photo opportunity.

Little Penguin at Perth Zoo

Apart from the penguins, there’s a high chance you’ll see various other wildlife like the albatross and sea eagles as well so keep your eyes peeled!

Where to find them: Penguin Island, Perth WA 6168, Australia

8. Possums

Cute possums in Western Australia

If you’re thinking of doing some trekking, you might run into one of these tree-dwelling marsupials the possum. With strong claws and a prehensile tail, these critters are well-suited for life amongst the trees and can be found across numerous woodlands, rainforests and even in urban areas. They are nocturnal and there is no better place to see them than on the Possum Spotlight Trail in Tuart Forest National Park where the forest comes alive under the cover of darkness. Go on a clear night and you can enjoy the walk under a sky full of stars.

Where to find them: Tuart Forest National Park, Stratham WA 6237, Australia

9. Turtles

Sea turtles at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

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Ningaloo Reef is also home to a diverse marine ecosystem that is teeming with life and colour. This world heritage site consists of pristine waters, vast coral landscapes and an abundance of exotic marine animals.

A Green Sea Turtle comes up for air on the beautiful, World Heritage Listed, Ningaloo Reef off Western Australia

Image credit: Nicole McLachlan

In particular, the reef is a natural habitat for endangered species like turtles and is crucial for their preservation. Don’t wait any longer; prepare your snorkelling gear for the underwater exploration like no other!

Where to find them: Ningaloo Reef Dive, 46 Robinson Street, Coral Bay, WA 6701

10. Whale sharks

Swimming with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

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For those seeking a bit of thrill, venture into the deep blue and swim with the whale sharks! Throw away all your JAWS-inspired misconceptions and rediscover the beauty of these majestic creatures. Join the team from the Ningaloo Reef and swim alongside the largest fish in the ocean. Regardless of their intimidating size, the whale sharks are actually gentle giants that get along very well with humans.

Swimming with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Image credit: Ningaloo Discovery

Each shark has a unique mottled print, which makes them easy to identify and track. Consequently, regular divers often reunite with their favourite whale shark, establishing the bond of a lifetime. Don’t miss out on this opportunity; you might even meet your next best friend.

Where to find them: Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth, WA 6707

11. Dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins

If you’re thinking of taking a leisure swim, why not do so with some of the smartest mammals on Earth? Bottlenose Dolphins swarm the sheltered waters of Shoalwater Islands Marine Park and these energetic creatures are eager to befriend some warm-hearted humans!

Swimming with dolphins, Western Australia

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The dolphins are completely at ease with humans and often put on a unique show to display their affection. Whether they perform a series of synchronised moves or snuggle up close around you, these warm and intelligent animals are sure to win your heart over.

Where to find them: Val St, Rockingham WA 6168

12. Sea lions

Sea lion at Ningaloo Reef

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Sea Lions are basically the puppies of the sea, so expect to fall head over heels with these fun-loving creatures. Unlike seals, sea lions can ‘walk’ on land by rotating their hind flippers and can often be spotted on the shore.

In addition, they are much more sociable than their seal cousins and tend to congregate together. Spend a balmy afternoon sunbathing with a friendly sea lion, or even go underwater for a refreshing swim with them!

Where to find them: Jurien Bay Vista, Boat Harbour, Harbour Dr, Jurien Bay WA 6516

Now that you know about all these cute wildlife, aren’t you just dying to head to Western Australia? Whether they are happy marsupials, wide-eyed owls or exotic marine species, there are so many novel experiences to have with these endearing animals. Just remember to always treat them with love and respect, and to not disrupt their natural environments.

Brought to you by Tourism Western Australia and Singapore Airlines.

About Authors

Lydia Lee
Lydia Lee

A linguistics student, Lydia suffers from the occupational hazard of thinking too much about the quirks of language. She yearns to see more of the world and its people, and cannot wait for her next adventure to soak in more beautiful sights and sounds. Before she can do that again, her perfect day would include taking a slow walk, having a warm cup of coffee, and being immersed in a good book.


Annabel Pang
Annabel Pang

Annabel is a final year English student at NTU wit a h00d playlist. She's no Mary but she's defintely poppin'. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, Annabel is a part-time jedi and a force not to be reckoned with. Also a huge foodie with spectacular vernacular. Tread gently.