Wildlife

Many animals and birds can be observed around the resort, in the National Park and the ocean.
Wildlife is abundant and able to be approached. More than 140 species of birds, reptiles, turtles, possums and a variety of butterflies can be observed busily going about their lives.

Wallabies & Eastern Grey Kangaroos – Of particular fascination are the wallabies and kangaroos that go to the beach, so if you are up in time to see the sunrise then you will have every chance of seeing the wallabies on the beach. There are several species of wallaby with the Agile Wallaby being the most common in the area.

Brush Tailed Possums – are quite sociable. The young are carried in the pouch, and later, on mother’s back. Quite a family affair.

Fruit Bats (also known as Flying Foxes) – can be heard at night. These nocturnal mammals sleep in the mangroves during the day and often visit the resort at night to feast on trees in fruit.

Echidnas – the Australian spiny ant eater is an enchanting relic of ancient life.  They can sometimes be seen at night. Don’t touch though – they really are spiny.

Whales – During the whale watching season (July – August are the best months), you may be lucky to see the whales and their calves on their annual migration.  They often take time out in Casuarina Bay to frolic with their young.

Turtles – Flatback and green turtles can be seen year round at Cape Hillsborough, especially from ‘Turtle Lookout’ and around Wedge Island.  Throughout the summer you may be fortunate enough to encounter turtles laying their eggs on the beach, or their hatchlings heading to the horizon as they struggle to find their way to the water.

Reptiles – A huge variety of lizards, geckos, skinks and snakes make their home at Cape Hillsborough.  While bushwalking it is great to see them sunning themselves on the rocks or darting off as you approach.  The geckos come out at night to catch insects – they can always be seen around the resort buildings where the lights attract the insects.

A plethora of Butterflies can be found at Cape Hillsborough.  Over 20 species have been identified, with amazing variations in colour and shape. Species such as the Blue Tiger are plentiful and can be seen predominantly in the cooler winter months.  The other spectacular species that is plentiful throughout the National Park is the beautiful Ulysses butterfly.

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