The best introduction to outback Queensland wildlife is to take a guided tour at Cobbold Gorge. Walk the land, experience nature and discover wildlife. Take the time to look and listen, you will be rewarded. The open savannah, riverine environment, sandstone escarpment and dams around Cobbold Gorge are magnets to some of the best outback Queensland wildlife.
While on a Cobbold Gorge Tour you may see a freshwater crocodile. There’s a large and healthy population of Johnstone River freshwater crocodiles living in the gorge, which is why they’re featured in our logo. In addition, the waterway of the gorge is also home to turtles and many fish species, including archer fish, banded grunter, eel-tailed catfish, sleepy cod and black bream. Other aquatic species include freshwater prawns and redclaw yabbies.
Amphibians are less plentiful in the predominately dry Gulf Savannah. Even so, five species of native frog inhabit the Cobbold Gorge area, including green tree frogs, red tree frogs and ornate burrowing frogs, as well as (unfortunately) the introduced cane toad.
When staying or visiting us at Cobbold Village, keep your eyes peeled for the plentiful outback Queensland wildlife that lives here. There’s been around 20 species of our country’s amazing mammals recorded around here, including koalas, short-beaked echidnas, brush tail possums, red kangaroos and swamp wallabies. The most commonly-seen are grey kangaroos and wallaroos.
On the way in and out of Cobbold Village from Forsayth, you can’t help but see the large, tombstone-like mounds which are a dominant feature of the Gulf Savannah landscape. They are home to the most common insect species of them all, the termite. They make for a great photo opportunity, surrounded by golden grasses with our big blue sky background, so make sure you take the time to stop the car and get out for a closer look.
That being said, don’t venture too far off the beaten track without taking appropriate precautions and wearing covered shoes, as the Gulf Savannah is also home to a number of rugged reptiles. Some of the creatures often spotted sunning themselves in the winter months include skinks, geckos, monitors and snakes. The deadliest species are the northern death adders and eastern brown snakes; while the orange-naped snakes, black-headed pythons, keelbacks and tree snakes are harmless.
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