From the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef to the constantly-photographed cuddly koalas, Australia has a rich and varied wildlife. As a massively vast country, there are many different eco-zones including lonely deserts, lush forests, snow-clad mountains and sandy beaches. Take a cruise off the coast of Port Macquarie and try to spot dolphins and whales. See native wildlife in their natural habitat on Kangaroo Island. Visit the awe-inspiring Ayers Rock near Alice Springs, and dive into Ningaloo Reef to swim with majestic whale sharks near Perth. That’s not to mention the cities which also have their fair share of wildlife popping in – in Sydney possums catch the gleam of car headlights in their eyes, flying foxes drift in when the sun sets and cockatoos perch glamorously on balconies. Stay at a hostel here and wherever you are you’ll be spending lots of time in the outdoors, close to nature.