Go on a journey through the unspoilt Gippsland wilderness and discover a rich and diverse array of wildlife. Offering everything from abundant birdlife, kangaroos and emus to seals, dolphins and wombats, Gippsland is a paradise for nature-lovers.
Head south down the C444 to Wilsons Promontory National Park for a weekend of camping or a scenic day trip. Walk the trails and see a wide range of native wildlife including rosellas, wombats, emus and kangaroos in this particularly important wildlife refuge.
On the water
Slow down amidst the gentle waters and undisturbed islands of Gippsland Lakes, one of the best places to view wildlife in the region. Watch the local pelicans on the water and then check out Raymond Island, home to Victoria’s largest koala population. Got a spare day? Enjoy some island-hopping on a local cruise and watch the seals and dolphins at play.
Take a trip to central Gippsland, just east of Sale, and wander along elevated boardwalks stretching over the wetlands. Get a glimpse of a wide range of migratory birds, swans, herons, egrets, and black spoonbills.
The eastern wilderness
Discover the vast and isolated wilderness of East Gippsland at Croajingolong National Park, a UNESCO nominated world biosphere reserve. Walk through rugged coastal hinterland and on down to lush rainforests and pristine beaches. Take in the abundant birdlife, watch for whales out at sea, and visit the nearby Point Hicks Marine National Park.
Gippsland is lush and varied in both native wildlife on land and coastal marine inhabitants. Take in the diverse landscapes and glimpse native wildlife.
The beguiling kangaroo is the unofficial symbol of Australia and can be found in the wild in many parts of Victoria, including close to Melbourne.
With a bit of luck and eagle eyes, you can spot wombats in Gippsland and the Great Ocean Road as they emerge from their burrows to forage for dinner.
Victoria's emus make for esteemed and inevitable guests at your picnic in a national park, boasting a high-profile role on Australia's coat of arms.
Gippsland's landscapes are lush and varied with forests, mountains, beaches and lakes shaping the region. Take in spectacular views and glimpse wildlife.
See seals, dolphins and Gippsland's other marine residents at play in the region's marine parks, and look out for visiting whales on the coastline.
The shy koala is likely to sleep through the excitement you experience when you spot them in the Victorian bush, high up in the forks of gum trees.