Animals and plants of Wollongong campus

Fauna of the Wollongong campus

The fauna species listed below are known or potentially occur on the Wollongong campus.  These lists should be considered as a starting point for understanding biodiversity and ecological values and issues on the campus. Data accuracy is unknown. Please report sightings of any species observed at Wollongong campus that are not listed by providing details to the Environment Unit.

Download the Factsheet - Wollongong campus fauna list (pdf)

Common NameSpecies NamePresence onsite
Bleating Tree Frog Litoria dentata Resident
Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog Litoria fallax Resident
Eastern Froglet Crinia signifera Common, Resident
Leaf Green Tree Frog Litoria nudidigita Resident
Peron’s Tree Frog Litoria peronei Resident
Striped Marsh Frog Limnodynastes peronei Resident
Tyler’s Tree Frog Litoria tyleri Resident
Verreaux’s Tree Frog Litoria verreauxi Resident

Note: Species list based on personal observations of FMD staff and NSW BioNet Atlas search

Common Name Species Name Status Presence onsite
Australasian Bittern Botaurus poiciloptilus EPBC & BC - Endangered Visitor
Australasian Darter Anhinga novaehollandiae   Visitor
Australasian Grebe Tachybaptus novaehollandiae   Visitor
Australasian Reed-warbler Acrocephalus australis   Visitor
Australian King Parrot Alisterus scapularis   Common
Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus   Visitor
Australian Magpie Cracticus tibicen   Common, Resident
Australian Raven Corvus coronoides coronoides   Common, Visitor
Australian White Ibis Threskiornis molucca EPBC - Migratory Visitor
Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata   Common, Resident
Australasian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus australis   Visitor
Azure Kingfisher Ceyx azureus   Visitor
Basian Thrush Zoothera lunulata   Resident
Barred Cuckoo Shrike Coracina lineata BC - Vulnerable Potentially
Barn Owl Tyto alba   Visitor
Black Cormorant Phalacrocorax fuscescens EPBC - Migratory Visitor
Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike  Coracina novaehollandiae EPBC - Migratory Resident
Black-faced Monarch Monarcha melanopsis EPBC - Migratory Visitor
Black Falcon Falco subniger BC - Vulnerable Visitor
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus axillaris   Visitor
Boobook Owl Ninox novaeseelandiae   Resident
Brown Cuckoo-dove Macropygia amboinensis   Resident
Brown Thornbill Acanthiza pusilla   Res (escarpment)
Brush Cuckoo Cacomantis variolosus   Visitor
Brush Turkey Alectura lathami   Visitor, Resident (escarpment)
Buff-banded Rail Gallirallus philippensis EPBC - Migratory Visitor
Cattle Egret Ardea (Bubulcus) ibis   Visitor
Channel-billed Cuckoo Scythrops novaehollandiae   Visitor
Chestnut Teal Anas castanea   Common, Resident
Collared Sparrowhawk  Accipiter cirrocephalus   Visitor
Common Bronzewing Phaps chalcoptera   Visitor
Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans   Resident
Crested Shrike-tit Falcunculus frontaltus   Visitor
Crested Pigeon Ocyphaps lophotes   Resident
Dollar Bird Eurystomus orientalis EPBC - Migratory Visitor
Dusky Moorhen Gallinulla tenebrosa   Common, Resident, Breeding
Eastern Great Egret Ardea modesta   Visitor
Eastern Koel Eudynamys orientalis   Visitor, Migratory
Eastern Rosella Platycercus eximius   Common
Eastern Spinebill Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris   Common, Resident
Eastern Whipbird Psophodes olivaeus   Common, Resident
Eastern Yellow Robin Eopsaltria australis   Resident, Breeding
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra   Common, Resident, Breeding
Fan-tailed Cuckoo Cacomantis flabelliformis   Visitor
Galah Eolophus roseicapillus   Common, Resident, Breeding
Gang Gang Cockatoo Callocephalon fimbriatum BC- Vulnerable Potential
Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis   Resident
Green Catbird Ailuroedus crassirostris   Common, Resident, Breeding
Grey Butcherbird Cracticus torquatus   Common, Resident, Breeding
Grey Fantail Rhipidura albiscapa   Common, Resident, Breeding
Grey Goshawk Accipiter novaehollandiae   Res (escarpment)
Grey Teal Anas gracilis   Common, Resident, Breeding
Grey Shrike-thrush Colluricincla harmonica   Common, Resident (escarpment), Breeding
Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae   Common, Resident, Breeding
Lewin's Honeyeater Meliphaga lewinii   Common, Resident
Little Black Cormorant Phalacrocorax sulcirostris   Visitor
Little Corella Cacatua sanguinea   Visitor
Little Egret Egretta garzetta EPBC - Migratory Visitor
Little Lorikeet Glossopsitta pusilla BC - Vulnerable Visitor
Little Pied Cormorant Microcarbo melanoleucos   Resident
Little Wattlebird Anthochaera (Anellobia) chrysoptera   Common, Resident, Breeding
Long-billed Corella Cacatua tenuirostris   Visitor
Magpie-Lark Grallina cyanoleuca EPBC - Migratory Common, Resident, Breeding
Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles   Common, Resident, Breeding
Mistletoe Bird Dicaeum hirundinaceum   Visitor
Musk Lorikeet Glossopsitta concinna   Visitor
Nankeen Kestrel Falco cenchroides EPBC - Migratory Visitor
Nankeen Night Heron Nycticorax caledonicus EPBC - Migratory Visitor
New Holland Honeyeater Phylidonyris (Meliornis) novaehollandiae   Visitor
Noisy Miner Manoina melanocephala   Common, Resident
Olive-backed Oriole Oriolus sagittatus   Resident
Pacific Baza Aviceda subcristata   Migratory
Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliousa   Common, Resident, Breeding
Pied Butcherbird Cracticus nigrogularis   Resident
Pied Currawong Strepera graculina   Common, Resident, Breeding
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus   Visitor
Powerful Owl Ninox strenua BC - Vulnerable Visitor
Purple Swamp Hen Porphyrio porphyrio EPBC - Migratory Common, Resident, Breeding
Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus   Common, Resident, Breeding
Red-browed Finch Neochmia temporalis   Res (escarpment)
Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata   Common, Resident
Regent Honeyeater Anthochaera phrygia EPBC &BC - Critically endangered Potential
Rose-crowned Fruit Dove Ptilinopus regina BC- Vulnerable Potential
Rose Robin Petroica rosea   Visitor
Royal Spoonbill Platalea regia   Visitor
Rufus Fantail Rhipidura rufifrons EPBC - Migratory Resident
Sacred Kingfisher Todiramphus sanctus EPBC - Migratory Common, Visitor
Satin Bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus violaceus violaceus   Common, Resident, Breeding
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus   Visitor
Silvereye Zosterops lateralis EPBC - Migratory Common, Resident
Silver Gull Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae EPBC - Migratory Common, Visitor
Striated Thornbill Acanthiza lineata   Visitor
Straw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis EPBC - Migratory Visitor
Spangled Drongo Dicrurus bracteatus   Visitor
Spotted Pardalote Pardalotus punctatus   Resident
Superb Fairy Wren Malurus cyaneus   Resident
Superb Fruit Dove Ptilinopus superbus BC - Vulnerable Potential
Superb Lyrebird Menura novaehollandiae   Resident (escarpment)
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Caatua galerita   Common, Resident
Swift Parrot Lathamus discolour BC - Endangered Potential
Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides   Common, Resident, Breeding
Topknot Pigeon Lopholaimus antarcticus   Common, Resident
Variegated Fairy Wren Malurus lamberti   Common, Resident
Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena EPBC - Migratory Common, Resident, Breeding
Wedged-tailed Eagle Aquila audax   Visitor
White-bellied Sea Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster EPBC - Migratory, BC - Vulnerable Visitor
White-browed Scrubwren Sericornis frontalis   Common, Resident, Breeding
White-eyed Duck (Hardhead)  Aythya australis   Visitor
White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae   Visitor
White-headed Pigeon Columba leucomela   Resident (escarpment)
White-necked Heron Ardea pacifica   Visitor
White-throated Gerygone Gerygone olivacea   Resident
White-throated Tree Creeper Cormobates leucophaea   Resident (escarpment)
White-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus penicillatus   Visitor
Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus EPBC - Migratory Visitor
Willie Wagtail Rhipidura (Sauloprocta) leucophrys   Common, Resident, Breeding
Wonga Pigeon Leucosarcia picata   Common, Resident,  (escarpment)
Yellow-faced Honeyeater Lichenostomus chrysops   Visitor
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus (Zanda) funereus   Visitor
Yellow-throated Scrubwren Sericornis citreogularis   Resident (escarpment)
Yellow Thornbill Acanthiza nana   Resident
Yellow Robin Eopsalria australis   Common, Resident, Breeding

Status:  EPBC - Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, BC - NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act

Note: Species list based on personal observations of FMD staff, information from Illawarra Bird Observers members and NSW BioNet Atlas search



Common NameSpecies NamePresence onsite
Common Yabby Cherax destructor Resident
Cox's Gudgeon Gobiomorphis coxxi Resident
Flathead Gudgeon Philypnodon grandiceps Resident
Freshwater Glass Shrimp Paratya australasiensis Resident
Short-finned Eel Anguilla australis Resident
Striped Gudgeon Gobiomorphis australis Resident
Long-finned Eel Anguilla reinhardii Resident

  Note: Species list based on personal observations of FMD staff and NSW BioNet Atlas search.

Common NameSpecies NameConservation Status Presence onsite
Bush Rat Rattus fuscipes   Resident
Brown Antechinus  Antechinus stuartii    Resident
Brush-tailed Possum  Trichosurus vulpecula   Common, Resident, Breeding
Eastern Bentwing Bat Miniopterus schreibersii oceanensis   Resident
Goulds Wattled Bat  Chalinolobus gouldii    Resident
Grey-headed Flying Fox Pteropus poliocephalus   Visitor
Koala Petaurus norfolcensis EPBC & BC- Vulnerable Potential
Large bentwing Bat Miniopterus orianae oceanensis BC- Vulnerable Resident
Lesser Long-eared Bat Nyctophilus geoffroyi   Visitor
Little Bentwing Bat Minopterus australis  BC - Vulnerable Resident
Ring-tailed Possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus   Common, Resident, Breeding
Short-beaked Echidna Tachyglossus aculaetus   Visitor
Sugar Glider  Petaurus breviceps    Resident, Breeding
Swamp Rat  Rattus lutreolus    Resident
Swamp Wallaby  Wallabia bicolor    Resident (escarpment) 

Status:  EPBC - Commonwealth Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act,  BC - NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act

Note: Species list based on personal observations of FMD staff and NSW BioNet Atlas search.


Common NameSpecies NamePresence onsite
Common Garden Skink Lampropholis guichenoti Common, Resident
Diamond Python Morelia spilota Resident
Eastern Blue Tongue Lizard Tilliqua scincoides Common, Resident
Eastern Long-necked Turtle   Chelondina longicollis  Resident 
Eastern Small-eyed Snake  Cryptophis nigrescens  Resident 
Eastern Tiger Snake  Notechis scutatus  Resident (escarpment) 
Eastern Water Dragon  Physignathus lesurerii  Common, Resident
Eastern Water Skink  Eulamprus quoyii  Common, Resident  
Jacky Dragon   Amphibolurus muricatus  Resident
Golden Crowned Snake  Cacophis squamulosus  Resident 
Macquarie Turtle Emydura macquarii  Resident  
Marsh (swamp) Snake  Hemiaspis signata  Visitor
Mustard Bellied Snake Drysdalia rhodogaster Resident
Red-bellied Black Snake Pseudechis porphriacus Resident
Sheoak Skink Cyclodomorphus michaeli Resident
Three-toed Skink Saiphos equalis Resident
Weasel Skink Saproscincus mustelinus Resident

 Note: Species list based on personal observations of FMD staff and NSW BioNet Atlas search.

Flora of the Wollongong Campus

Plant species list for Wollongong Campus was prepared based on personal observations by Facilities Management Division staff, species lists from Burgess and Bofelt (2008), Landscape plant list prepared by Grace (1998) and updated by Foster in 2011, UOW tree management database extracted 2019. Origin and Type categories based on online information from PlantNET.  

Origin: IN–Illawarra Native, N- Native to Australia, NC- Native Cultivar. Type: T- Tree, S- Shrub, G – Groundcover, C – Climber, A – Aquatic, F – Fern, G – Grass. Presence onsite: N - Natural areas, L - Landscaped areas.

This plant list is available in Flora and Fauna of the Wollongong campus (pdf).