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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.