See amazing wildlife in the Great Ocean Road region from whale watching and swimming with dolphins to spotting koalas and the elusive platypus. See kangaroos and koalas up close at the Tower Hill State Game Reserve or wander through Melba Gully to view a large colony of glow worms providing a spectacular light show. Swim with dolphins and seals in Port Phillip Bay or take a canoe trip at dawn on Lake Elizabeth and try to spot the elusive platypus in the wild.
Koalas at Kennett River
Stop off along the Great Ocean Road to the small hamlet of Kennett River, one of the best places in Australia to see koalas in the wild. Turn into Grey River Road and you will be guaranteed to spot koalas in the gum trees. Visit in the late afternoon to see them more active, eating leaves, grooming or seeking new food trees, as they rest throughout most of the day.
Time your trip to include whale watching from the dunes of Logans Beach, Victoria's southern right whale nursery. Come within 100 metres of these beautiful mammals as they swim close to the shore and can be seen from a specially constructed viewing platform.
Travel a little further west and see blue whales migrate to the waters off Portland to feed on the abundant swarms of krill. Whilst blue whales rarely approach land very closely, their blows and backs can sometimes be seen at a distance off prominent headlands such as Cape Nelson and Cape Bridgewater.
Watch playful Australian fur seals waddle, lumber and tumble down off rocks and into the sea at Lady Julia Percy Island, the largest colony of Australian fur seals in the southern hemisphere. Take the Cape Bridgewater trail or a cruise out to Cape Bridgewater and see another colony of seals up close.
Meet koalas, emus, kangaroos and many species of waterbirds roaming freely in Tower Hill State Game Reserve, which sits inside an extinct volcano.
See playful Australian fur seals waddle, lumber and tumble down off rocks and into the sea on a Lady Julia Percy Island or Cape Bridgewater cruise.
Watch these breathtaking mammals, the southern right whale and blue whale, from the shoreline as they migrate to the coast of Victoria each year.
Watch from the shore, or join an organised expedition to swim with or cruise alongside Port Phillip Bay's friendly bottlenose and common dolphins.