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Wildlife & zoos

Look out for iconic Australian wildlife dotted across the landscape and see if you can catch a glimpse of rare creatures like the Tasmanian devil, platypus and echidna, who call Victoria's national parks and reserves home.

Around the state

Birdwatchers will love the 350 species of birdlife, including kookaburras, lyrebirds and brightly coloured parrots. Looking for bigger thrills? Head to the coast to see migrating whales or take a Port Phillip Bay cruise to see the dolphins and seals. Round out your trip with a visit to the little penguins of Phillip Island to watch them waddle up the beach at dusk.

Round the corner

Closer to home, visit Melbourne Zoo to see native animals along with exotic lizards, snakes, big cats and Thai elephants. Embark on an adventure at the Werribee Open Range Zoo. See zebras, giraffes, hippos and even a pride of lions, as you're driven by ranger on an off road safari. For a close-up encounter with unique Australian wildlife, make your way to the Healesville Sanctuary in the Yarra Valley.


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Experience the electricity of seeing your first little penguins waddling on a Phillip Island beach.


Join an expedition to watch, swim with or cruise alongside Port Phillip Bay's bottlenose dolphins.


You have a good chance of encountering emus in Victoria's national parks, wildlife parks and zoos.

Whale watching

Watch southern right whales and blue whales from the shoreline of southwest Victoria each year.


You can spot kangaroos in the wild in many parts of Victoria, including areas close to Melbourne.


Victoria is the place to spot cuddly koalas, with the Great Ocean Road prime viewing territory.


With a bit of luck and eagle eyes, you can spot wombats in Gippsland and the Great Ocean Road.


Watch seals at play along Victoria's south coast, from the Great Ocean Road to the Phillip Island.





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Zoos, sanctuaries & farms

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Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Cuddle koalas and feed kangaroos at this award-winning ecotourism park set in beautiful bushland.

Maru Koala and Animal Park

Get in touch with wildlife at Maru Koala and Animal Park. Owned and run by the Heffer family, they...

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

Meet koalas, emus, kangaroos and many bird species roaming freely in Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve.

Animal Land Children's Farm

Animal Land Children's Farm - the ultimate family experience. Looking for the perfect day out for...

Warrook Farm

Sheep shearing, milking, hand feeding and whip cracking - it is all in a day's fun at historic...

Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park

The Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park offers a unique opportunity to experience Australian wildlife in...





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Mornington Peninsula

Head to the peninsula for encounters with familiar Australian wildlife and unusual new discoveries.


See kangaroos, emus, echidnas and a myriad of bird species in their natural Grampians habitats.

Daylesford & the Macedon Ranges

Glimpse quirky Australian wildlife such as echidna, wombat, colourful rosellas and other birdlife.


Get close to native animals in their natural surroundings at national parks and sanctuaries.

The Murray

Head to the Murray to see kangaroos, emus and colourful bird life, including scores of waterbirds.

High Country

Visit wildlife sanctuaries and national parks to see bird life, kangaroos and much more.

Great Ocean Road

See amazing wildlife in the Great Ocean Road region from whale watching to spotting koalas.

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

Encounter curious Australian animals in national parks, or visit famous Healesville Sanctuary.


See amazing wildlife in Gippsland's national parks, wetlands, beaches and other unspoilt landscapes.

Geelong & the Bellarine

Explore a diverse landscape home to an array of native animals, sea life and migratory birds.


Featuring state of the art aquarium, zoos and parklands teeming with fauna, see Melbourne wildlife.

Phillip Island

See Phillip Island's little penguins emerge from the water, and get up close to koalas and seals.





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Beaches and coastlines

Drag yourself away from the Great Ocean Road with its dramatic rock sculptures and soaring views, and discover more of Victoria's stunning coastline.

Things to do

Outdoor activities

Get the adrenaline pumping by going white-water rafting, stroll through forests, play golf, or set up camp for a longer stay in Victoria's outdoors.

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Family activities

Bring the kids and make the most of Victoria's interactive museums and festivals, exhilarating outdoor adventures and fascinating wildlife parks.

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Leisure activities

Entertain both little kids and big with fun-filled leisure activities in every corner of Victoria, from marvellous minigolf to amazing mazes and more.