Swamp Wallaby, Port Fairy, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
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Wildlife

See amazing wildlife in the Great Ocean Road region from whale watching and swimming with dolphins to spotting koalas and the elusive platypus. 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. Swim with dolphins and seals in Port Phillip Bay 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.

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.

Melba Gully, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

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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Tower Hill National Park, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Tower Hill State Game Reserve

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

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Whales, Warrnambool, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

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.

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Dolphins, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

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.

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Seals, Great Ocean Walk, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

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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Zoos & farms

Marine Discovery Centre

Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre

The Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre (MFDC) is part of Fisheries Victoria, it promotes sustainability and conservation by increasing awareness...

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Jarrahlinga

Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary

The Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on five acres of land on the Northern edge of Barwon Heads. Jirrahlinga, Aboriginal for 'Seek...

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Red-necked Wallaby

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...

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Spend a night

Great Ocean Road