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Wildlife

Witness an amazing display of wildlife in the Great Ocean Road region. See kangaroos and koalas up close at the Tower Hill State Game Reserve or wander through Melba Gully to view a large colony of glow-worms providing a spectacular light show. Watch whales and seals in their element or take a canoe trip at dawn on Lake Elizabeth and try to spot the elusive platypus in the wild.

Koalas at Kennett River

Stop off along the Great Ocean Road to the small hamlet of Kennett River, one of the best places in Australia to see koalas in the wild. Turn into Grey River Road and you will be guaranteed to spot koalas in the gum trees. Visit in the late afternoon to see them more active, eating leaves, grooming or seeking new food trees, as they rest throughout most of the day.

Kangaroos

Play a round of golf at the Anglesea Golf Course and share the course with the resident population of eastern grey kangaroos. If you're not much of a golfer, just stop into the clubhouse for lunch and watch the kangaroos from the balcony. Tower Hill Wildlife Sanctuary is another great spot for kangaroo spotting.

Whale watching

Time your trip to include whale watching from the dunes of Logans Beach, Victoria's southern right whale nursery. Come within 100 metres of these beautiful mammals as they swim close to the shore and can be seen from a specially constructed viewing platform.

Travel a little further west and see blue whales migrate to the waters off Portland to feed on the abundant swarms of krill. Whilst blue whales rarely approach land very closely, their blows and backs can sometimes be seen at a distance off prominent headlands such as Cape Nelson and Cape Bridgewater.

Seals

Watch playful Australian fur seals waddle, lumber and tumble down off rocks and into the sea at Lady Julia Percy Island, the largest colony of Australian fur seals in the southern hemisphere. Take the Cape Bridgewater trail or a cruise out to Cape Bridgewater and see another colony of seals up close.

In the wild

Wildlife

Wildlife and zoos

Whale watching

Watch these breathtaking mammals, the southern right whale and blue whale, from the shoreline as they migrate to the coast of Victoria each year.

Wildlife & zoos

Dolphins

Watch from the shore, or join an organised expedition to swim with or cruise alongside Port Phillip Bay's friendly bottlenose and common dolphins.

Wildlife and zoos

Seals

See playful Australian fur seals waddle, lumber and tumble down off rocks and into the sea on a Lady Julia Percy Island or Cape Bridgewater cruise.

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Wildlife parks & reserves

Wildlife

Wildlife, zoos & farms

Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park

The Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park offers a unique opportunity to experience Australian wildlife in an interactive and natural way. Take the time to...

National parks & reserves

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

Meet koalas, emus, kangaroos and many species of waterbirds roaming freely in Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, which sits inside an extinct volcano.

Wildlife, zoos & farms

Melba Gully glow worms

Walk among ancient mossy trees and giant tree ferns at Melba Gully in the Otways and witness the unique spectacle of the large colony of glow worms.

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National parks and reserves

Discover spectacular coastlines and sand dunes, ancient rainforests and old volcanoes in national parks and reserves in the Great Ocean Road region.

Things to do

Family activities

Pack the car and drive through the Great Ocean Road region with the kids and find a range of fun activities for the whole family both indoors and out.

Outdoor activities

Camping

Sleep under the stars in the Great Ocean Road region at camping grounds deep in the Otways or park your campervan on a tranquil beachside bush site.

Nature & wildlife

Beaches and coastlines

Paddle, swim or surf in the crashing waves or take a relaxing stroll along the clean, golden sands of some of Australia's best beaches.