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New South Wales
   has the Emblem of the   
Black Opal
Proclaimed the State gemstone of New South Wales in 2008. It is the most rare and valuable type of opal.
New South Wales
   has the Emblem of the   
Blue Groper
Proclaimed the State fish of New South Wales in 1998. A friendly but powerful coastal fish that often follows divers. It can be up to a metre long and weigh between 2 and 15kg, though some specimens may reach 40kg or more.
New South Wales
   has the Emblem of the   
Kookaburra
The bird emblem of New South Wales. This great brown kingfisher is sometimes called a 'laughing jackass' because of its distinctive territorial laughing call. They hunt snakes, lizards, fish and insects and live at forest edges, in clearings.
New South Wales
   has the Emblem of the   
Platypus
Ornithorhynchus anatinus. The animal emblem. The platypus is a furry creature, about 30cm - 38cm long, it has webbed feet and a large duck-like bill which it uses to gather its food from the bottom of rivers.
New South Wales
   has the Emblem of the   
Waratah
Flower emblem. A large (10-12cm across) and spectacular scarlet flower growing in the bush in clumps of tall stems.
Northern Territory
   has the Emblem of the   
Red Kangaroo
Macropus rufus
Northern Territory
   has the Emblem of the   
Sturt's Desert Rose
Floral emblem
Northern Territory
   has the Emblem of the   
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Bird emblem
Queensland
   has the Emblem of the   
Barrier Reef Anemone Fish
Officially named as Queensland's aquatic emblem in March 2005. The public nominated the species as their preferred representative for Queensland.
Queensland
   has the Emblem of the   
Brolga
Has featured on the Queensland Coat of Arms since 1977. It wasn't until January 1986 that it was announced as the official bird emblem of Queensland.
Queensland
   has the Emblem of the   
Cooktown Orchid
Became known as Queensland's floral emblem in 1959, during celebrations to mark the state's centenary.
Queensland
   has the Emblem of the   
Koala
Phascolarctos cinereus. Officially named the animal emblem of Queensland in 1971, after a newspaper poll showed strong public support for this marsupial.
Queensland
   has the Emblem of the   
Sapphire
Named the official state gem for Queensland in August 1985.
South Australia
   has the Emblem of the   
Leafy Seadragon
Aquatic emblem
South Australia
   has the Emblem of the   
Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat
Lasiorhinus latifrons
South Australia
   has the Emblem of the   
Sturt's Desert Pea
Floral emblem
Tasmania
   has the Emblem of the   
Leafy Seadragon
Aquatic emblem
Tasmania
   has the Emblem of the   
Tasmanian Blue Gum - Flora
Tasmania
   has the Emblem of the   
Tasmanian Devil
Sarcophilus harrisii
Victoria
   has the Emblem of the   
Common (Pink) Heath
Floral emblem
Victoria
   has the Emblem of the   
Helmeted Honeyeater
Bird
Victoria
   has the Emblem of the   
Leadbeater's Possum
Gymnobelideus leadbeateri
Victoria
   has the Emblem of the   
Weedy Seadragon
Aquatic emblem
Western Australia
   has the Emblem of the   
Black Swan
Bird
Western Australia
   has the Emblem of the   
Numbat
Myrmecobius fasciatus
Western Australia
   has the Emblem of the   
Red and Green Kangaroo Paw
Floral emblem


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