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You're spoilt for ornithological choice in the varied landscapes and habitats of Victoria, with rare birds, colourful birds, and migrating birds all awaiting avid twitchers and casual birdwatchers alike.

Bushland birds and wetland wonders

The bushlands of the Grampians are home to over 200 species of birds, including a wide variety of parrots like gang-gang cockatoos and long-billed corellas. Laughing kookaburras act as the local alarm clocks.

Up in the Murray region you're sure to spot the mallee fowl, and the local ibises will be on show at the Kerang Wetlands near Echuca. 

Coastal twitching

Head to the coast along the Great Ocean Road to see shorebirds and seabirds, including albatrosses and petrels. The endangered orange-bellied parrots can be glimpsed on the Bellarine Peninsula as they migrate from breeding grounds in south-western Tasmania for the winter.

Phillip Island is a birdwatching haven, with the mangroves and mudflats of Rhyll Inlet a significant site for the wading birds that fly thousands of kilometres to feed during the summer months. Walk on the elevated boardwalks to witness spoonbills, oyster catchers, herons, egrets and cormorants. Pelicans gather around the San Remo shoreline, the rare hooded plover can be seen on the beaches, while Woolamai is host to around a million short-tailed shearwaters (mutton birds) that return to their colony en masse at sunset between late September and April. Last but not least is the island's nightly parade of little penguins.

Birds of paradise

Superb lyrebirds, with their mocking calls, can be seen and heard in the Dandenong Ranges. Over at Healesville Sanctuary, Australia's majestic birds of prey and magnificent parrots dazzle visitors in spectacular daily performances.

Closer to Melbourne

Victoria's bird emblem is the endangered helmeted honeyeater (the only bird endemic to Victoria). It is now restricted to a small area in Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve near Yellingbo, about 50 kilometres east of central Melbourne.The helmeted honeyeater is also bred in captivity at Healesville Sanctuary.

Owls can sometimes be seen in the city in places such as the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Waterbirds make a beeline for Werribee, near the city, where vagrant migratory waders from the Northern Hemisphere can occasionally be spotted.

Finally, the Melbourne Zoo's Great Flight Aviary offers visitors the chance to get up close to Australia's best-loved birds.

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Native habitats


Little Desert National Park

Travel through pure mallee heathland, rolling sand dunes, and casuarina woodlands in the west.

Murray-Sunset National Park

Murray-Sunset National Park, in Victoria's far north-west corner, is in one of the few remaining...

Grampians National Park

Discover grand mountain ranges, spectacular wildflowers, and a wealth of Aboriginal rock art sites.

Hattah-Kulkyne National Park

Hattah-Kulkyne National Park lies in typical mallee country with extensive low scrub and open...

Cape Woolamai

Catch a wave against the backdrop of ancient pink granite at perennially popular Cape Woolamai.

Cheetham Wetlands

Cheetham Wetlands consists of lagoons and saltmarsh of varying salinity levels created through the...

Dandenong Ranges National Park

Take a stroll through forests of towering mountain ash in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Kinglake National Park

Only 65 km north of Melbourne, Kinglake National Park lies on the slopes of the Great Dividing...

Great Otway National Park

The Great Otway National Park stretches from Torquay through to Princetown and up through the...

Cape Nelson State Park

The picnic areas at Cape Nelson State Park set in quiet bush surroundings are an ideal location for...

Shallow Inlet Marine and Coastal Park

Nestled between Waratah Bay and the majestic peaks of Wilsons Promontory, the sheltered waters of...

Royal Botanic Gardens

Discover more than 12,000 species of plants and a sanctuary for native wildlife.





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Sanctuaries & zoos


Ballarat Bird World

At Ballarat Bird World visitors can see the colours of Australian bird life. Ballarat Bird World is...

Healesville Sanctuary

Watch for waking koalas and marvel at bounding kangaroos, and observe vets in the animal hospital.

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Cuddle koalas and feed kangaroos at this award-winning ecotourism park set in beautiful bushland.

Phillip Island Nature Parks

See little penguins every day of the year, peek into burrows, and spot other Australian animals.

Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park

The Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park offers a unique opportunity to experience Australian wildlife in...

Halls Gap Zoo

Get up close to more than 160 native, endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles and birds.





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Lakes and waterways

Float along the hundreds of rivers and waterways that flow through inland Victoria, from the iconic Yarra River to the pristine Gippsland Lakes.

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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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Parks and gardens

See for yourself exactly why Victoria is the Garden State - inspiring, bold and distinctly Australian, the state's parks and gardens leave an impact.