The Clarence River Wilderness Lodge is home to many rare and endangered native species, such as the Brushtailed Rock Wallabies, Platypus, Spotted-tailed Quoll, Rufus Bettong, Eastern Cod. The Rock Wallabies can often be found sunning themselves on the rock ledges opposite the Lodge. Platypus viewing is for the early risers. These unusual monotremes feed at first light and mainly frequent the wider section of the waterhole. Rufus Bettong regularly visit the camp kitchen in the evenings. The Eastern Cod are most easily seen by taking a canoe out at night with a high powered torch.
The Clarence River Wilderness Lodge represents an area of faunal overlap penetrated both by Australia’s temperate and tropical faunas. The region also provides habitat for inland species of birds, which occasionally extend their distribution over the Great Dividing Range. This richness of fauna is a result of climate and terrain, which have produced a diversity of habitats available for colonization and evolution of species.
Brush- tailed rock wallabies are shy animals that live in colonies on rocky escarpments. These animals once had a widespread distribution across eastern NSW, including parts of South-East Queensland and North-East Victoria.
A sleek and streamlined swimmer, the platypus is well adapted to its aquatic habitat. During the night it dives for food like worms, tadpoles insect larvae, shrimps yabbies and other crustaceans found in the mud and rocks on the bottom. Staying submerged for about one minute, it stores the food in cheek pouches and then rises to the surface where it grinds its meals on horny pads on the upper and lower jaws. An adult can consume up to half its body weight in food a night.