Kangaroos at Halls Gap, Grampians, Victoria, Australia
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Nature & wildlife

Kick start your holiday down under with a visit to Melbourne and discover a city surrounded by nature and wildlife. Choose one of the great touring routes on offer or join a guided tour and see koalas, kangaroos, little penguins, dolphins and seals, all within an hour's drive.

Cuddly koalas
Travel down the Great Ocean Road to spot sleepy koalas perched in eucalyptus trees at Kennett River and the Great Ocean Eco Lodge. Heading east? Get up close to these furry friends at Healesville Sanctuary, French Island and the Koala Conservation Centre on Phillip Island. While you're there, be sure to catch the famous nightly penguin parade on the beach.

Bouncing souls
Spend an afternoon sampling renowned wines in the Yarra Valley then watch the kangaroos feeding from your patio at dusk. Play a round of golf with the local kangaroos that populate the Anglesea Golf Course or head further down the coast to the Tower Hill Nature Reserve. The vast Grampians National Park and Wilson's Prom, the mainland's southernmost point, are also great places to see these iconic creatures in their natural habitat.

Water world
Take a cruise from Queenscliff or along the Mornington Peninsula to swim with wild dolphins and seals in Port Phillip Bay. Take a drive further along the Great Ocean Road to see southern right whales off Warrnambool and the mighty blue whales near Portland.

Show me the way
Choose a self-drive tour and see the best of Victoria at your own pace. Stay at luxury spas and eco-lodges while getting close to nature. Take in the towering cliffs of the Twelve Apostles and see emus, kangaroos, koalas and more on the Great Southern Touring Route. Alternatively, hit the South East Touring Triangle and catch the little penguins on the beach, seals and dolphins in the bay, and kangaroos and koalas along the way.

Highlights

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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Echidina magic moment

Healesville Sanctuary

Watch for waking koalas and peek at a joey in a kangaroo's pouch, meet keepers or observe vets in the animal hospital, all in an Aussie bush setting.

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Phillip Island Nature Park

Phillip Island Nature Park

See Phillip Island's little penguins emerge from the sea, peek at life inside a burrow, and spot other Australian animals at this wildlife wonderland.

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Great Ocean Ecolodge

Great Ocean Ecolodge

Hailed by National Geographic Traveler as one of the best ecolodges in the world, the Great Ocean Ecolodge offers an incredible lifetime experience....

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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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Penguin Tour, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia

Penguins

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.

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Platypus in the Wild

Platypus in the Wild Tour

Otway Eco Tours

Make your way to the Great Otway National Park and take a dawn or dusk canoe ride across a remote lake to catch a glimpse of the elusive platypus.

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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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