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August 18, 2017

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Spring into Oz

Want to really see nature come to life? There’s no better time of year to be in Australia than now. Spring, which lasts from September to November, brings baby marsupial venturing out of their mama’s pouch, endless migrating birds and sea life and blooms galore.

Daintree

Two hours north of Cairns, this is the world’s oldest tropical rainforest and home to the earth’s largest range of animals and plants. One-third of the country’s frogs, marsupials and reptiles are here as are two-thirds of Australia’s bats and butterflies. There are 430 species of birds alone. Book a cabin at one of the forest’s eco lodges and wake to a massive chorus line of kingfishers, wompoo fruit-doves, catbirds and nightjars. Then again, maybe a daytrip may be more restful. daintreerainforest.com.

Kangaroo Island

Do some spring hiking on here and chances are you’ll spot distant dolphins and whales, birds just back from Siberia and kangaroo joeys hopping about for the first time. Take in coastal views, see fur seals by the thousands, nesting platypuses, sea-lions and little penguins waddling home after a day’s eating in the Southern Ocean. Of the more than 100 varieties of wildflowers that bloom here, 40 are unique to the island (and they have great names like 'Jam Tart Bush' and 'Egg and Bacon'). tourkangarooisland.com.au.

Rottnest Island

A spring visit to this popular island, by Perth, is a must for a chance sighting of baby quokkas, a native marsupial the size of a domestic cat. Like kangaroo joeys, quokkas remains in their mother’s pouch until August or September, then slowly venture out on their own. While quokkas adapt, it’s believed that only 10,000 still inhabit Rottnest Island. Renting a bike is best way to tour Rottnest. rottnestisland.com.

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