Animals

In each habitat type, many animals may be encountered. From the barnacle-encrusted rocks of Wedge Island to the vine-strewn rainforest of Hidden valley, there is quite a change in the fauna.

The Eastern Grey Kangaroo and many types of Wallabies live in the park. The most common wallaby is the Agile (Sandy) Wallaby and Whip-Tail (Pretty face) Wallaby. The shy Brush-Tail Rock Wallaby can sometimes be seen in November on the far side of the causeway and beach. Cape Hillsborough is very unique as visitors are given a rare treat of viewing wallabies on the beach at sunrise most mornings.

Along the foreshore many animals may be difficult to see. Some like the Brittle Stars live under rocks while others such as Barnacles shelter within a hard skeleton. On the beach look for Sand Dollars, small flat sea urchins that leave a trail as they move through the sand. Also seen are the Sand Baller and Ghost Crabs. A moonlight stroll along the beach is always delightful to view these crabs scurrying around in search of food!

Many birds live at Cape Hillsborough. Some are migratory and visit for only a few months of the year. Early morning is the best time to observe birds. More than 136 species of Birds have so far been identified in this national park.

We have a range of reference material available which will provide you with more detailed information on the common wildlife you may come across during your stay here at Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park.