South Coast Wildlife

With over 70% of the area being national park the South Coast NSW the wildlife is  rich and abundant. The Eastern Grey kangaroo is the most commonly seen as well as other macropods in the area include the Red-necked Wallaby and the Swamp Wallaby, which tend to stay in more covered areas. 

We are also lucky to have a huge bio-diversity of marine life thanks to the warm East Australian Current from the north which collides with the southern current coming from Antarctica.

Aquatic and marine ecosystems of many different kinds can be found here, including sheltered beaches, lagoons and estuaries, mangrove ecosystems, seagrass beds, rocky reefs and over 150 beaches. These pristine beaches of the region are mostly bordered by national park, while its temperate seas edge the mighty Pacific Ocean. It’s here that two great ocean systems meet, one from the frozen seas of Antarctica, the other from the equator. This creates a unique ‘convergence’ zone that promotes unparalleled marine biodiversity.

Visit Atlas of life – a community citizen science project that Navigate Expeditions supports by recording the unique biodiversity of this region into the iNaturalist app. 

These lists are not comprehensive and MANY other species can be found in the Far South Coast of NSW. This is just enough to get you excited about the diversity and amount of wildlife we have so you can start to plan your visit. 

Common Name Scientific Name
Potoroos Potorous tridactylus
Long-nose Bandicoot Perameles nasuta
Eastern grey kangaroos Macropus giganteus
Swamp wallabies Wallabia bicolor
Brushtail Possum Trichosurus vulpecula
Ringtail Possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus
Brush-tailed Phascogales Phascogale tapoatafa
Sugar Glider Petaurus breviceps breviceps
Yellow-bellied Glider Petaurus australis australis
Dusky Antechinus Antechinus swainsonii
Long-nosed Bandicoot Perameles nasuta nasuta
White-footed Dunnart Sminthopsis leucopus
Gould’s Wattled Bat Chalinolobus gouldii
Chocolate Wattled Bat Chalinolobus morio
Eastern Bent-wing Bat Miniopterus schreibersii oceanensis
Ride’s Free-tailed Bat Mormopterus (Ozimops) ridei
Bare-nose Wombat Vombatus ursinus hirsutus
Common Name Scientific Name
White Faced Herron Egretta novaehollandiae
Blue Heron Egretta sacra
Galah Eolophus roseicapillus
Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata
Wonga Pigeon Leucosarcia melanoleuca
Topknot pigeon Lopholaimus antarcticus
Red-browed Finch Neochmia temporalis
Powerful Owl Ninox strenua
Spotted Pardalote Pardalotus punctatus
White-eared Honeyeater Nesoptilotis leucotis
Scarlet Honeyeater Myzomela sanguinolenta
Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans
Eastern Rosella Platycercus eximius
Sacred Kingfisher Todiramphus sanctus
Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus
Silvereye Zosterops lateralis
White Bellied Sea Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster
Common Name Scientific Name
Jacky Lizzard Amphibolurus muricatus
Red-bellied Black Snake Pseudechis porphyriacus
Common Brown Snake Pseudonaja textilis
Carpet Python Morelia spilota
Diamond Python Diamond Python
Dark-flecked Garden Sunskink Lampropholis delicata
Yellow-bellied Water-skink Eulamprus heatwolei

Common Marine: Humpback whale, Dolphins, Australian fur seals, fairy penguins, manta rays, marine turtles

Wildlife and citizen science apps we love: