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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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Dolphins

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

Emus

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

Kangaroos

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

Koalas

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

Penguins

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

Whale watching

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

Wombats

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

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Zoos, sanctuaries & farms

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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

Olson Pheasant Farm

Known to most as the Swan Hill Pheasant Farm, this unique combination of commercial enterprise and tourist attraction, is a quirky tourist...

Wildlife, zoos & farms

Ballarat Wildlife Park

Ballarat Wildlife Park is an award winning Park that is owned and operated by Greg Parker and his family. Founded in February 1985 through a passion...

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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...

Wildlife, zoos & farms

Collingwood Children's Farm

Collingwood Children's Farm is only five kilometres from the centre of Melbourne, nestled on a bend of the Yarra River lies seven hectares of...

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Maru Koala and Animal Park

'Get in touch with wildlife' at Maru Koala and Animal Park. Founded, owned and operated by the Heffer family, Maru Koala and Animal Park personally...

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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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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.

Nature & wildlife

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.

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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.