Meet some of your buddies
In Australia, we're lucky to share our daily lives with some of the world's most beautiful native animals and plants. Find out some fascinating things about the animals that might visit or live in your local area - and get some simple tips to help you care for these special backyard buddies.
Encourage kookaburras in your area
Raising your family and defending your territory - it's a serious business for Australia's famous 'laughing' birds. They love friendly neighbourhoods with lots of trees.
Help eastern rosellas feel more at home in your neighbourhood
These colourful, chattering parrots can often be seen in our suburbs. They love gardens full of native grasses, bushes and shrubs with seeds.
Help keep the tawny frogmouth safe in your local area
You might hear these birds at night, but you'll have a hard time finding them during the day. They're very good at hiding among the gum trees in our parks and gardens.
Help the little penguins at Manly
Although they're fast, graceful swimmers, these seabirds are quite vulnerable on land. They need a little help from their neighbours.
Make your backyard blue-tongue friendly
These beautiful reptiles are useful visitors, eating lots of garden pests. They might be big, but they need your protection.
Make your garden friendlier for superb fairy-wrens
These fascinating little birds aren't shy at all. Give them plenty of dense shrubs for protection, and they'll give you some company in your garden and or your verandah.
Help frogs survive in the concrete jungle
Frogs have simple needs. Give them some wet and shady spots, and a few hiding places, and they'll reward you by eating your pests - and providing a symphony of croaks during the warmer months.
Help skinks thrive in your garden
Just give these beautiful little lizards a few hiding places in your backyard, and they'll hunt garden pests all day long.
Invite rainbow lorikeets to clown around in your backyard
These colourful parrots are a joy to watch, getting covered in nectar and pollen as they feast on your native plants. Set up a bird bath as well, and you'll have hours of entertainment.
Page last updated: 27 February 2011