Uniquely Australian Tattoos That Aren't The Southern Cross

Showing your Australian pride doesn't mean following the crowd.

stacie_mayer9 months ago in Tattoo Ideas

When searching for Australian themed tattoos there seems to be an over-abundance of Southern Cross star tattoos. While the Southern Cross (also known as the Crux) appears on the Australian flag, many forget that it actually is a constellation of stars visible in the Southern Hemisphere - meaning it's not so Australian after all. 

With Australia's wide variety of flora and fauna, there's so much more subject matter to choose from for your next piece of ink. Get inspired by these uniquely Australian tattoos. 

Wattle

Wattle was officially recognized in 1988 as Australia's floral emblem and is part of the Australian Coat of Arms. 

Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
A pretty bunch of wattle. Tattoo by Brooklyn Seawright. #wattle #flora #Australianflora #traditional #BrooklynSeawright
A pretty bunch of wattle. Tattoo by Brooklyn Seawright. #wattle #flora #Australianflora #traditional #BrooklynSeawright

Tasmanian Tiger

Although considered extinct, there have been reported sightings of the Tasmanian tiger - none of which include these tattoos. 

Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
An abstract neo-traditional Tasmanian tiger tattoo by @dax_tattoos. #abstract #neotraditional #fauna #Australiananimal #TasmanianTiger #extinct #dax_tattoos
An abstract neo-traditional Tasmanian tiger tattoo by @dax_tattoos. #abstract #neotraditional #fauna #Australiananimal #TasmanianTiger #extinct #dax_tattoos
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
A traditional panther tattoo design replicated as a Tasmanian tiger. Tattoo by Ben O'Grady. #traditional #fauna #Australiananimal #TasmanianTiger #extinct #BenOGrady
A traditional panther tattoo design replicated as a Tasmanian tiger. Tattoo by Ben O'Grady. #traditional #fauna #Australiananimal #TasmanianTiger #extinct #BenOGrady
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Neo-traditional Tasmanian tiger tattoo by Ebony Mellowship. #neotraditional #EbonyMellowship #fauna #Australiananimal #TasmanianTiger #extinct
Neo-traditional Tasmanian tiger tattoo by Ebony Mellowship. #neotraditional #EbonyMellowship #fauna #Australiananimal #TasmanianTiger #extinct

Koala

It's a common misconception that koalas are a type of bear. Actually, the koala is a type of marsupial which means they carry their babies in a pouch. Known for munching on eucalyptus leaves and sleeping, these cuddly, furry eared koalas are a favorite animal of Australians and tourists alike.

Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Bold styled realism koala tattoo by Joel P Blake #koala #animal #marsupial #realism #styledrealism #JoelPBlake
Bold styled realism koala tattoo by Joel P Blake #koala #animal #marsupial #realism #styledrealism #JoelPBlake
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Soft and cuddly looking color realism koala tattoo by Marc Durrant. #koala #realism #colorrealism #marsupial #MarcDurrant
Soft and cuddly looking color realism koala tattoo by Marc Durrant. #koala #realism #colorrealism #marsupial #MarcDurrant

Eucalyptus 

While there are other species of eucalyptus trees around the world, Australia is home to over 700 varieties; some of which are the only food consumed by koalas. 

Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Eucalyptus branch and gumnuts tattoo by Jack Douglas. #flora #eucalyptus #Australiaflora #gumnuts #JackDouglas
Eucalyptus branch and gumnuts tattoo by Jack Douglas. #flora #eucalyptus #Australiaflora #gumnuts #JackDouglas

Tasmanian Devil

While The Tasmanian devil does share some similarities with the Looney Toons cartoon character, the species itself is facing a battle with an aggressive form of facial cancer which has killed almost half of the devil population. 

Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
A vocal Tasmanian devil tattoo by Esther DeMiguel. #traditional #blackandgrey #TasmanianDevil #animal #Australiananimal #fauna #EstherDeMiguel
A vocal Tasmanian devil tattoo by Esther DeMiguel. #traditional #blackandgrey #TasmanianDevil #animal #Australiananimal #fauna #EstherDeMiguel

Emu

Australia's species of flightless bird shares the honor of being part of the Coat of Arms with the kangaroo, and both animals are unique as neither can walk backwards. They're not the prettiest of birds, but emus are an Aussie icon. 

Kangaroo

Kangaroo tattoos can be generic, especially when paired with the Australian flag or boxing gloves. but can be taken to the next level when tattoo artists add their own flair. 

Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
A beautiful black and grey kangaroo with a dotwork geometric design. Tattoo by Kaelin Chee. #dotwork #geometric #blackandgrey #realism #KaelinChee #kangaroo
A beautiful black and grey kangaroo with a dotwork geometric design. Tattoo by Kaelin Chee. #dotwork #geometric #blackandgrey #realism #KaelinChee #kangaroo
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Just when you thought kangaroos were cute and cuddly, this guy comes along. Bright new school kangaroo tattoo by Godfrey Atlantis. #newschool #kangaroo #fauna #animal #GodfreyAtlantis
Just when you thought kangaroos were cute and cuddly, this guy comes along. Bright new school kangaroo tattoo by Godfrey Atlantis. #newschool #kangaroo #fauna #animal #GodfreyAtlantis

Echidna

Below their spiky exterior, echidnas are a fascinating animal. They're part of the monotreme order, along with the platypus, which means they're an animal that lays eggs.

Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Bold black and grey realism echidna tattoo by Todd Bailey. #echidna #Australiananimal #Australiafauna #realism #blackandgrey #blacandgreyrealism #ToddBailey
Bold black and grey realism echidna tattoo by Todd Bailey. #echidna #Australiananimal #Australiafauna #realism #blackandgrey #blacandgreyrealism #ToddBailey

Waratah

The waratah shrub was given its name from the Eora Aboriginal people. There are five species of waratah and it is the state floral emblem for New South Wales. 

Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Fruit bat hanging off a waratah branch. Tattoo by Ellie Thompson. #warath #flora #Australiaflora #EllieThompson #flower #bat #fruitbat
Fruit bat hanging off a waratah branch. Tattoo by Ellie Thompson. #warath #flora #Australiaflora #EllieThompson #flower #bat #fruitbat

Platypus


When talking about Australian animals, the platypus is often forgotten about. It could be Australia's oddest looking animal which makes these tattoos all the more interesting.

See more playful platypus tattoos here

Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Bold black and grey realistic portrait of a swimming platypus. Tattoo by Todd Bailey. #platypus #monotreme #australiananimal #blackandgrey #realism #ToddBailey
Bold black and grey realistic portrait of a swimming platypus. Tattoo by Todd Bailey. #platypus #monotreme #australiananimal #blackandgrey #realism #ToddBailey
Stacie MayerFrom Tattoodo App
Bold new school platypus and desert scene tattoo by Henri Middlemass. #platypus #monotreme #australiananimal #newschool #desert #australia #HenriMiddlemass
Bold new school platypus and desert scene tattoo by Henri Middlemass. #platypus #monotreme #australiananimal #newschool #desert #australia #HenriMiddlemass