The population of kangaroos in Australia is higher than people, so you have a good chance of seeing roos in the wild, especially at Barrington Tops on the first day out of Sydney. You can even eat these iconic Australian marsupials, as many Australian food vendors offer edible Kangaroo products, from ‘roo pies’ to burgers and steaks.
If you arrive in Oz in spring or autumn, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to spot whales swimming up and down along the coast. In autumn, whales travel north to the warm, tropical waters of Queensland to breed, and then travel south again in spring with their new calves. Be sure to look for whales at the most-eastern point of mainland Australia: the Byron Bay Lighthouse.
Australia exports camels to the Middle East – surprising? Camels were introduced as a mode of transport in the outback, but became over-populated and are not as widely used because of modern transportation. Non-diseased camels are considered a delicacy in the Middle East, so Australia began exporting to countries, which could make use of their overabundance of camels. There are still plenty of camels to go around, and you’ll be sure to see some of the herd if you visit the outback.
The beef industry is the largest agricultural enterprise in Australia, and the Anna Creek Station, in Southern Australia, is the world’s largest working cattle station. It’s larger than Israel and more than 7 times the size of America’s largest station in Texas. You can get a feel for the Aussie jackaroo way of life at our farm experience: The Country Campout.