1. 12 Apostles

Jostle for a selfie spot at the 12 Apostles viewing platform at sunset or make your way down to the beach via the Gibson Steps to see the towering limestone stacks with waves lapping at your toes. They're unforgettable from any angle.

2. Koalas

Spot koalas in the wild: keep your eyes peeled for slumbering locals in the treetops of the Great Otway National Park. For guaranteed sightings, stop at nearby Kennett River, or ferry across to Raymond Island in Gippsland, and French Island on the Mornington Peninsula.

3. Penguins

Watch the impossibly cute: a waddle of Little Penguins making their way from the water to their burrows at Phillip Island's Penguin Parade. While you're there, take a boat ride to see Australia's largest colony of fur seals at Seal Rocks. Read more

1. 12 Apostles

Jostle for a selfie spot at the 12 Apostles viewing platform at sunset or make your way down to the beach via the Gibson Steps to see the towering limestone stacks with waves lapping at your toes. They're unforgettable from any angle.

2. Koalas

Spot koalas in the wild: keep your eyes peeled for slumbering locals in the treetops of the Great Otway National Park. For guaranteed sightings, stop at nearby Kennett River, or ferry across to Raymond Island in Gippsland, and French Island on the Mornington Peninsula.

3. Penguins

Watch the impossibly cute: a waddle of Little Penguins making their way from the water to their burrows at Phillip Island's Penguin Parade. While you're there, take a boat ride to see Australia's largest colony of fur seals at Seal Rocks.

4. Wilsons Promontory

Discover Victoria's largest coastal wilderness area at Gippsland's pristine Wilsons Promontory. Watch for wombats, emus, kangaroos and parrots as you explore walking trails and white sandy beaches. Take the five-star option and camp overnight in a wilderness retreat.

5. Grampians National Park

Enjoy peak nature as you hit the hiking trails in the Grampians National Park. Venture to spectacular lookouts and plunging waterfalls, enjoy displays of spring wildflowers, abundant birdlife, and wandering wildlife: kangaroo close-ups guaranteed.

6. Tower Hill

Meet the locals – koalas, emus, kangaroos, echidnas and waterbirds – roaming freely at Tower Hill. Explore the walking trails within the extinct volcano or take a guided tour to learn about the local Aboriginal history and cultural heritage.

7. Great Ocean Ecolodge

Play a part in conserving local wildlife with a stay at Great Ocean Ecolodge. Wake up to birdsong and grazing kangaroos, learn about local wildlife on the guided dusk walk, and explore neighbouring Cape Otway Lightstation.

8. Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours

Let the wildlife experts lead the way with Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours. See wildlife in its natural habitat and take in spectacular scenery on a small-group tour to Gippsland's stunning Cape Conran and Croajingolong National Park.

9. Great Ocean Walk

Experience one of Australia's most spectacular walks: stretching 104 kilometres along the Southern Ocean coastline, the Great Ocean Walk takes in clifftop walks, beach, forest and dunes. Opt for a day walk or trek the whole distance.

10. Dolphins and seals

Dive right in: swim and snorkel with dolphins and seals in Port Phillip Bay on a boat tour from Sorrento or Queenscliff. While you're on the Mornington Peninsula, don your snorkel to spot resident weedy seadragons at Flinders Pier and seahorses at Rye Pier.

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