What animals to spot in the Blue Mountains

What animals to spot in the Blue Mountains

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 02/25/2019

Reading time: 5 mins

Keep an eye out for the fascinating wildlife of the Blue Mountains.

During your journey through the Blue Mountains, you will be surrounded by diverse wildlife. You’ll see critters swooping through the forest’s branches, climbing up the jagged rock formations, and frolicking within the trickling creeks.

There are over 400 species of animals that call the Blue Mountains their home. The Blue Mountains is a paradise for some of the most fascinating Australian animals. It is the perfect place to be surrounded by nature and see these creatures in the wild.

Below are just a few of the creatures to keep an eye out for while strolling through this surreal landscape.



While travelling Down Under you cannot miss a chance to see the famous cuddly koala. Koalas can be found all over Australia, including the Blue Mountains.

The Blue Mountains’ most common tree is the eucalyptus, which covers the entire mountaintop range. In fact, the eucalyptus tree is so prominent that it causes the blue haze we see over the Blue Mountains. As luck would have it, Koalas only eat one type of tree: the eucalyptus!

You will have to keep your head up and look at the tree branches. Koalas can be difficult to spot as they blend in with their surroundings. However, it’s almost guaranteed that you will spot one of these furry critters nestled amongst the branches.


Woman feeding kangaroo

Next up on everyone’s list of favourite Aussie animals is the Kangaroo! A group of kangaroos is referred to as a “mob”, and there are many in the grassy areas of the Blue Mountains. You can see them either snoozing in the shade, nibbling on the grass, or hopping around the area.

You can also find wallabies hopping in the Blue Mountains. The difference between the two native Australian animals is that wallabies are smaller than kangaroos.

Blue Mountain Water Skink

The Blue Mountain Water Skinks are rare lizards that can be seen around the swamps in New South Wales. They possess dark coloured bodies with strips of yellow and white running from head to tail. They are out and about mostly on sunny days and they are most active between September to April. These lizards can be difficult to spot, so if you do, it’s your lucky day!

The Blue Mountain Water Skink is unfortunately an endangered species, which is why they are rare to see. Despite this, you may have the chance to spot them, so don’t forget to keep an eye out for them.



Chances are, you will hear a cockatoo before you even spot it. These birds are notorious for their noisy chatter that carries across the bushland. Despite the noise, cockatoos are one of Australia’s favourite birds. In the Blue Mountains, you can see both the classic white feathered cockatoo and the black cockatoo.

Cockatoos are very intelligent birds and are typically pretty active during the day. The Glossy Black Cockatoos are the most difficult to spot, but they are out there. Search the skies and branches or simply follow the noise while trekking through the bushland.



The Lyrebird is another famous bird to look out for when visiting the Blue Mountains! The Lyrebird is a fascinating bird with its musical call. The elaborate bird calls create an enchanting atmosphere. They are one of the most interesting birds in Australia because they can mimic many different sounds.

Rather than looking towards the sky, you will find this bird lounging along the bushland’s floor. Look out for the Lyrebird’s long protruding tail of feathers peeking out above the bushes. If you happen to spot one, be sure to stop to watch these magnificent birds as they stroll about and mimic different sounds.

Crimson Rosella

The Crimson Rosella is a bright coloured bird that dots the trees of the Blue Mountains. Sightings of the Crimson Rosella have increased throughout the years. They are quite easy to recognise with their bright colours including crimson, blue, green and yellow feathers.

Blue Mountains Tree Frog 

You’ll only spot a frog in the Blue Mountains if you’re really looking for it. The Blue Mountains Tree Frog is one of those elusive creatures.

They are typically found hiding under rocks or in small crevices. You can recognise the tree frog by its pale skin accented by green and red colouring along its side.


Consider yourself lucky if you spot a wombat while exploring the Blue Mountains. These native Australian mammals have been slowly declining in the Blue Mountains due to mange. If you keep your eyes towards the ground, you may be able to spot one of these fluffy wombats.

Now that you know some animals to look for when visiting the Blue Mountains, you can trek along the hiking paths like an expert. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.

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