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Riding your motorcycle on Australian roads with wildlife

If you can, do not ride your motorbike at night outside of towns and major cities as this is when a lot of Australian wildlife come out, in particular kangaroos!


Kangaroo hopping across the road
Kangaroo's move around more at night than they do in the day... Dawn (sunrise) and Dusk (sunset) are the worst times.

If you must or want to ride at these times you should travel at a slower pace and be on full alert.

During a drought or the dry season in Australia, animals are known to wander into towns looking for food and water. Wildlife are also drawn to the edges of the roads where morning dew and water has collected from the night before.


Wombat... bigger than you thought!
The most common animals on Australian roads are kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, rabbits, foxes and various birds.

Other animals that you might come across are echidnas, feral goats, wild boar, feral pigs, emus, camels, eagles, wandering cattle, and brumbies (wild horses).

I think that if you came to Australia and didn't see the wildlife along your travels, you would be very disappointed.

Recently I did a motorbike trip across the Nullarbor on my Suzuki Boulevard C50 and for days all we saw was the large amounts of road kill splattered across the roads. Actually come to think of it we did see a dingo in the middle of the day running along at about 100 metres from the road.


Apart from the dingo it wasn't until we purposely rode at dusk that we actually saw kangaroos feeding along the road.

As long as you are aware and adjust your riding speed it's a lovely time to ride, but remember BEWARE cause shit happens and when it does it's not pretty!

Kangaroos and wallabies
live just about everywhere in Australia!



Red kangaroos are found on the flat open plains
Grey kangaroos overlap the reds but prefer denser scrubs and forests.
Wallaroos have an extensive range throughout the inland, but prefer rocky outcrops or stony ground.
Rock-wallabies live among piles of boulders, rocky hills and cliffs.
Tree-kangaroos (two species of which live in Australia) are found in the mountainous rainforests of north Queensland.
Smaller species of wallabies and kangaroos live in a wide range of habitats, from desert to woodland to rainforest.

Australian Kangaroo Stats

Kangaroos can reach speeds of 90 km's per hour and are most active at night especially dusk and dawn.

The red kangaroo is the biggest of all the marsupials. A male can be 1.5 metres long with a 1 metre long tail. It can weigh 85 kilograms. They are also good swimmers.
Australian Kangaroo
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Wombats


Common Wombat is widespread in the cooler and better watered parts of southern and eastern Australia, including Tasmania, and in mountain districts as far north as the south of Queensland, but is declining in Western Victoria and South Australia.
Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat is listed as "endangered". Its range is restricted to about 300 ha (750 acres) of the Epping Forest in east-central Queensland, 120 km northwest of Clermont.
Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat is found in scattered areas of semi-arid scrub and mallee from the eastern Nullarbor Plain to the New South Wales border area.

Australian Wombat Stats

Wombats are nocturnal, meaning they come out at night!

Wombats weigh between 25 to 36 kilograms and measure 90cm to 120cm from nose to tail. They are not as small as they may appear.

Australian Wombat
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Emus


Emus are common over most of mainland Australia, although it avoids heavily populated areas, dense forest, and arid areas.

Australian Emu Stats

Emus weigh between 35 to 40 kilograms and are about 2 metres tall in height.

Emus can run at speeds of up to 50kms per hour and will change direction in a blink of an eye.


Australian Emu
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Rabbits


Grey Rabbit is found in the southern and central areas of Australia, with scattered populations in the northern deserts.

Australian Rabbit Stats

The grey rabbit is just like a domestic rabbit.

Australian Rabbit
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Echidnas


Short-beaked Echidna is found everywhere in Australia. It is actually the most widespread native mammal in Australia.

Australian Echidna Stats

Echidnas weigh between 4.5 to 6 kilograms and range between 35 to 53 cm's long.


Australian Echidna
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Camels


Camels - Recent surveys show wide camel ranges extending from the Northern Territory and South Australia in the centre of the continent well into Western Australia, with animals also reported in the northeastern state of Queensland.

Australian Camel Stats

Adult male camels grow to a height of 1.8 to 2 metres, and females to 1.7 to 1.9 metres.

Weight is usually in the range of 400 to 600 kg for males, with females being 10% lighter.

Australian Camel
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Wild Boar and Feral Pigs


Wild Boar and Feral Pigs are found in Queensland, northern and central New South Wales and along the top end of Australia.

Australian Wild Boar and Feral Pig Stats

Wild boar are usually crepuscular, meaning foraging from dusk until dawn.

Adult boars average 120 to 180 cm in length and have a shoulder height of 90 cm. Wild pigs can reach a formidable size, a sow may weigh as much as 100 kg, while some boars exceed 150 kg.

Australian Wild Boar and Feral Pig
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Brumbies (wild Australian horses)


Brumbies are found in many areas around the Australia, the best-known brumbies are found in the Australian Alps region in south-eastern Australia. Today, the most are found in the Northern Territory, with the second largest population in Queensland.

Australian Brumby Stats

The number of wild horses in Australia has been estimated at up to 300,000 horses.

Brumbies are the same size as a domestic horse.


Australian Brumby
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Foxes


Foxes are found in most of mainland Australia and small numbers are found in Tasmania.

Australian Fox Stats

Foxes are mostly active at night!
Length: 83 to 110cm
Weight: 3 to 7 kg


Australian Fox
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Dingoes


Dingoes live in all kinds of habitats, including the snow-covered mountain forests of Eastern Australia, dry hot deserts of Central Australia, and Northern Australia's tropical forest wetlands.

Australian Dingo Stats

Dingoes are between 52 to 60 cm tall at the shoulders and measures 117 to 124 cm from nose to tail tip.

The average weight is 13 to 20 kg.

Australian Dingo
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Feral Goats


Feral Goats are found in all states of Australia but are rare in the Northern Territory. They are at their highest densities in the arid and semi-arid rangelands.

Australian Feral Goat Stats

Australia has about 2.3 million feral goats.

Adults weigh about 45 kg for females and 60 kg for males.


Australian Feral Goat
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Camels in Australia are the only feral herds of their kind in the world, and are estimated to number more than 1,000,000, with the capability of doubling in size every nine years.

Rabbits - within ten years of the introduction in 1859, rabbits had become so prevalent that two million could be shot or trapped annually without having any noticeable effect on the population. It was the fastest spread ever recorded of any mammal anywhere in the world.



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