Wildlife & zoos
Victoria's diverse landscape offers a small but impressive stage for the superstars of Australian wildlife.
National parks cover 17 per cent of Victoria, offering plenty of opportunity to spot iconic Australian animals like kangaroos and wallabies, koalas emus, wombats, and rare creatures like Tasmanian devils, platypuses and echidnas in the wild. Once you know a little bit about the habits and habitats of these animals, you'll be sure to start spotting them in no time.
The national parks and reserves are also prime areas for identifying over 350 species of birdlife, including the ever-laughing kookaburra, shy lyrebirds, and brightly coloured squawking parrot species.
Even Victoria's waters support rich varieties and high numbers of wildlife. Whales, dolphins, seals and penguins are highlights, and can be viewed from both land and sea.
In their natural habitat
Watch from the shore, or join an organised expedition to swim with or cruise alongside Port Phillip Bay's friendly bottlenose and common dolphins.
Meet the island's famous penguin and experience that electrifying moment as you spot the first one emerge from the sea and waddle along the beach.
Watch these breathtaking mammals, the southern right whale and blue whale, from the shoreline as they migrate to the coast of Victoria each year.