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Australian Places With Animal Names

  • March 31, 2022
  • By 50 Shades
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Australian Places With Animal Names

During my travels throughout Australia I have noticed a lot of places that have a reference to animals. I guess in a country like ours that is abundant with native fauna it comes as no surprise. So, here in no particular order, are some of our Australian places with animal names.

Emu Park, Queensland

Emu Park, located on the Capricorn Coast near Yeppoon in Queensland, is a pretty seaside town with a famous Singing Ship Monument. 

Australian Places With Animal Names
Emu Park Beach

Emu Bay, South Australia

Located on the north coast of Kangaroo Island, Emu Bay has a long stretch of snow-white sandy beach that you can drive on.

Australian Places With Animal Names
Emu Bay Beach

Eagle Heights, Queensland

Eagle Heights is located in the Gold Coast Hinterland’s Tamborine Mountain and offers spectacular views of the region. Eagles are commonly seen hovering over the mountain.

Australian Places With Animal Names
A birds eye view from Eagle Heights

Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania

A narrow little neck of land that was used to imprison the convicts at Port Arthur, is located at the entrance to the Tasman Peninsula. Apparently Eaglehawks are common in the area.

Australian Places With Animal Names
The waterway at Eaglehawk Neck

Hawks Nest, New South Wales

A gorgeous little town on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, located between the sea and the Myall River is just north of Port Stephens. Hawks Nest is named after large nest of a hawk that was used as a navigational marker to indicate the entrance to Port Stephens.

Australian Places With Animal Names
The beautiful bay at Jimmys Beach in Hawks Nest

Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Kangaroo Island is off the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula, only 107kms from Adelaide, and then a 45 minute ferry ride across the sea. It is world renowned for being a sanctuary for large populations of native Australian animals, as well as being a place of beauty and absolute escape.

Kangaroo Island is off the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula, only 107kms from Adelaide, and then a 45 minute ferry ride from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw. It is world renowned for being a sanctuary for large populations of native Australian animals, as well as being a place of beauty and absolute escape.
A resting Kangaroo overlooking Stokes Bay on Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales

Inland from Berry on the South Coast of New South Wales is the village of Kangaroo Valley. It is located by the Kangaroo River with the famous Hampden Bridge, the oldest suspension bridge in Australia.

Australian Place With Animal Names
Hampden Historical Bridge in Kangaroo Valley

Cow Bay, Queensland

With three pristine secluded beaches, Cow Bay is a must see in the Daintree at Cape Tribulation in the far north of Queensland.

Australian Places with Animal Names
Cow Bay Beach Image Credit: Daintree Seascapes

Fish Creek, Victoria

A small township with a “fish” theme throughout is Fish Creek in South Gippsland. Look out for the giant fish on the pub’s roof.

Australian Places With Animal Names
One of the fish sculptures in Fish Creek

Crows Nest, Queensland

Located in the Toowoomba region on the New England Highway, is the town of Crows Nest that features heritage antique shops, a scenic national park and a great farmstay.

Australian Places With Animal Names
Crows Nest Creek in the National Park

Lizard Island, Queensland

The northern most island on the Great Barrier Reef of Queensland, is the luxurious resort called Lizard Island. The entire island is a national park protecting its flora and fauna.

Australian Places With Animal Names
Lizard Island Resort Image Credit: Tropicalnorthqueensland.org.au

Heron Island, Queensland

A coral cay located off the Capricorn Coast of Queensland, is on the southern Great Barrier Reef. Heron Island is renowned for offering fantastic diving and snorkelling.

Australian Places Named After Animals
Boats and jetty at Heron island Image Credit: Heronisland.com

Monkey Mia, West Australia

Best known for the Monkey Mia Dolphins that come in daily to interact with visitors to the Conservation Park. Monkey Mia is located at Shark Bay in West Australia.

Australian Places With Animal Names
Monkey Mia Resort

Shark Bay, West Australia

Shark Bay is geographically located on the most western point of West Australia on the north coast. It comprises a world of pristine bays, lagoons and islands. 

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Views of Shark Bay from Eagle Bluff

Seal Rocks, New South Wales

A hidden gem of a beach located within the Myall Lakes region of New South Wales. Sea Rocks has one of the prettiest beaches I’ve seen.

Australian Places With Animal Names
A Pelican on Boat Beach at Seal Rocks

Seal Bay, South Australia

Seal Bay is a conservation park protecting a colony of resident Australian sea lions, located on the south coast of Kangaroo Island. 

Australian Places With Animal Names
Sea Lions basking in the sun at Seal Bay

Swan Places

The Black Swan is a native of Australia, so I guess it comes as no surprise that we would name many places in Australia that are close to the water after the swan.

Swan Reach, South Australia

Australian Places With Animal Names
Swan Reach on the Murray River in South Australia

Swan Hill, Victoria

Australian Places With Animal Names
The Murray River in Swan Hill

Swansea, Tasmania

Australian Places With Animal Names
Swansea Beach with view out to Freycinet Peninsula

Swansea, New South Wales

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Caves Beach in Swansea, Lake Macquarie

Penguin, Tasmania

Little Penguins are native to the southern parts of Australia, and Tasmania has an entire seaside town on the north-west coast called Penguin. What I love about this little town is that there is an obvious “penguin” theme throughout the streets, including a large statue, penguin rubbish bins and signage on shops.

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The Big Penguin in Penguin

Elephant Rocks, West Australia

A spectacular place within the William Bay National Park at Denmark, West Australia, is Elephant Rocks. These huge granite boulders do in fact look like a herd of elephants wading in the shallows of the cove.

Australian Places With Animal Names
The large Elephant Shaped Boulders at Elephant Cove

Camel Rock, New South Wales

A rock that is shaped like a sitting camel at the gorgeous town of Bermagui on the South Coast of New South Wales.

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Camel Rock in Bermagui

Pelican, New South Wales

On the majestic waters of Lake Macquarie, near Newcastle is the suburb of Pelican.

Australian Places With Animal Names
The town of Pelican on Lake Macquarie Image Credit: Lakemac.com.au

Salmon Beach, West Australia

One of Esperance’s amazing beaches, Salmon Beach, is largely a fishing beach and is generally not safe for swimming.

Australian Places With Animal Names
Salmon Beach, Esperance

I’m certain that there are loads of more Australian places with animal names. Places like Kangaroo Flat and Eaglehawk in Bendigo, Swan River and Swan Valley in Perth, Pelican Waters on the Sunshine Coast, Crocodile Creek in the Kimberley, Crocodile Islands off the Northern Territory coast and Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour – just to name a few more. If you have any more to add to the list I would love to hear.

For more quirky facts about Australia read my posts: Australian Places That Need No Explanation or The Top Ten Landmarks in Australia – Have you seen them?

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By 50 Shades, March 31, 2022 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

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