Grampians Spotlight Walk
The Grampians - particularly the area around Halls Gap - is famed for its day walks. Halls Gap is also a good spot to see koalas, but stick around at night and you can meet possums, gliders, owls, bats and other nocturnal wildlife. Go on a spotlight walking tour with Grampians Personalised Tours and Adventures and stay on a budget at Grampians Eco YHA or splash out at DULC.
Kangaroos and koalas of Cape Otway
The Conservation Ecology Centre at Cape Otway is home to a wildlife rehabilitation and research facility. Go on a guided dusk walk to see kangaroos, koalas and other wildlife in their natural environment.
Little Penguins on Phillip Island
The evening commute of the little penguin has become Victoria’s most famous night-time wildlife show. Take your seat in the stands at the nightly Penguin Parade (pictured below) and prepare for cute overload as the little seabirds return home after a busy day's fishing. Continue the natural theme by staying at Five Acres Farm Stay or Phillip Island Nature Resort.
Mutton birds, Cape Woolamai
Another little bird comes home every evening to Phillip Island – and even though they are extremely noisy and approximately one million strong, they are little noticed by the tourists. While the penguins get all the plaudits on the other side of the island, short-tailed shearwaters (also known as mutton birds) fly in to their colony at Cape Woolamai every night between September and April.
Moonlit Sanctuary, a wildlife sanctuary on the edge of Melbourne, is a great place to see nocturnal animals such as potoroos, quolls and pademelons on a night time tour. After your visit, stay on the Mornington Peninsula at Haven Red Hill or ultimate luxury at Woodman Estate.