Time spent close to wildlife is an important part of any retreat, and New South Wales has a diverse number of birds and animals just outside your door!
Perhaps Australia’s most famous cuddly-looking creatures are the kangaroos and koalas. These can be seen on treks into the bush, or for a guaranteed sighting, take a trip to one of the region’s national parks. You’ll also find wombats in abundance in Kangaroo Valley, a few hours away from Sydney.
Off the coast of New South Wales it’s possible to spot dolphins, turtles and humpback whales, although the latter can only be seen from May to November. Platypus can also be seen, but sightings are rare as these creatures are pretty shy! If visiting the Jenolan Caves, they can sometimes be seen in the blue lake, but it’s best to try to catch them at dawn or dusk.
For bird-watching, take a trip to Lord Howe Island. Here, over 100 species have been recorded, and up to 14 seabird species breed on the island every year. The island is also good for snorkeling and diving, boasting some amazingly diverse coral reefs.