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Meet pods and plumps and scoops and paddles of our favourite wildlife in sanctuaries, national parks and unlikely places, all the while adopting some new collective nouns.


You're bound to spot mobs of eastern grey kangaroos and wallabies on a wander in Victoria, in zoos and sanctuaries, in the wild, and on the fairway. Admire the gravity defying proportions of the world's largest surviving marsupials up close at Healesville Sanctuary, Halls Gap Zoo, Ballarat Wildlife Park, Mansfield Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Mornington Peninsula's Panorama Garden Estate. At Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park and Maru Koala and Animal Park, try your hand at feeding.

In the wild, find a view with a roo at Tower Hill State Game Reserve (Great Ocean Road), Halls Gap (Grampians) and at Green's Bush in Mornington Peninsula National Park. In Gippsland, spot them at Wilson's Promontory National Park, grazing by the water on the Gippsland Lakes, and at Gipsy Point, where the peninsula juts into the Mallacoota Inlet.

Golfers, tee off with troops on the fairways at Anglesea Golf Course, Hepburn Springs Golf Course and Halls Gap Golf Club. 


Spot koalas in the forks of eucalyptus trees at zoos, sanctuaries and in the wild.

Wander treetop boardwalks at the Koala Forest Exhibit at Healesville Sanctuary and Phillip Island's Koala Conservation Centre for eye-to-eye views of resident tree huggers. Book in for a koala encounter at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (Pearcedale) or at Maru Koala and Animal Park (Gippsland) to hand feed and cuddle up with incomparable cuteness.  Meet the koalas and keepers at Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary in Barwon Heads, and stroll through Ballarat Wildlife Park, Halls Gap Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo for a look.

The small hamlet of Kennett River on the Great Ocean Road is one of the best places in Australia to see koalas in the wild. Keep your eyes on the tree forks on Grey River Road and Lighthouse Road, particularly in the late afternoon when koalas are at their most active. Further along the road, make time at the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve and keep your eyes peeled on the route to the lighthouse at Cape Otway. In Gippsland, jump on the ferry from Paynesville and hit the Koala Trail on Raymond Island to see Victoria’s largest koala population.

We're not really koalafied, but because they sleep 20 hours a day, we think a 'snooze' of koalas is the answer to the collective noun question.


So loved are wombats they get their own national day: October 22. Celebrate nature's nocturnal bulldozers with a wander in a zoo or on a night tour.

Get a burrow-eye view and stick around for 'pat and play' (which includes a selfie) at Healesville Sanctuary, and meet Patrick, the oldest bare-nosed wombat in captivity, at Ballarat Wildlife Park. See wombats common and otherwise at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (Pearcedale), Halls Gap Zoo and Mansfield Zoo.

With a bit of luck and eagle eyes, you can spot wombats in Wilsons Promontory National Park in Gippsland, Tower Hill Game Reserve on the Great Ocean Road and at Baw Baw National Park in the High Country. To up the odds, take a guided tour. Sign up to free ranger-led night tours in the Eurobin Creek area of Mount Buffalo National Park, or take a nocturnal tour in the Wombat State Forest or Yarra Ranges National Park.

A term coined for a group of wombats is a 'wisdom'. They are however, solo animals.


The waters around Phillip Island are home to some 32,000 little penguins. March along to the Penguin Parade to spot a raft of penguins emerging from the sea at dusk, and watch from above- and below-ground viewing areas as they waddle along the beach to their burrows.

A group of penguins on land is referred to as a waddle. Seriously.


Catch a glimpse of the face of the 20-cent piece at platypus enclosures and in lakes and creeks around Victoria.

By far the easiest way to sneak a peak at a platypus is to venture to a zoo; find them on the bill at Healesville Sanctuary's World of the Platypus.

For a chance to see the elusive mammals in their natural habitat, take a canoe tour at dawn or dusk on Lake Elizabeth (Great Otway National Park), wander to St George Lake (Creswick), or to Jackson's Creek in Sunbury.

While you're out on a canoe, remind everyone that the favoured collective noun for the platypus is a 'paddle'.


Seal the wildlife-watching deal at fur seal colonies at Phillip Island, on the Great Ocean Road and in Port Phillip Bay.   

Take a high-speed tour along Phillip Island's coast to Seal Rocks, home to more than 16,000 fur seals. Or take it slow on the trip from Port Fairy to Lady Julia Percy Island, the largest fur seal colony in the southern hemisphere. Closer to town, join a tour out to Chinaman's Hut in Port Phillip Bay to watch the local population sunning themselves on the octagonal platform, a pastime lending itself to our preferred collective noun: a plump.   


Watch humpback whales, southern right whales, blue whales and orcas as they make their annual pilgrimage from the feeding grounds of Antarctica to our southern coastline.

From purpose-built platforms, watch mothers and calves lap up the warmer waters at Warrnambool's Logans Beach nursery, and see a gam, plump or pod in pilgrimage from clifftops and rocky outcrops around Portland.

For a close encounter of the herd kind, take a winter whale watching tour off the coast at Phillip Island.

In like fin, whales begin arriving in Victoria in May and stay until early October.


The biggest bird in the country, the emu gets about in mobs. The best places to get up close to the flightless Corleones are Wilsons Promontory National Park, (Gippsland), Tower Hill State Game Reserve (Great Ocean Road) and Wartook in the Grampians.


Watch pelicans feed at midday (bulk billing) at Metung (Gippsland) or at the San Remo jetty (Phillip Island).

A group of pelicans is usually called a 'pod', but 'squadron' and 'scoop' also fit the bill.

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Sanctuaries & zoos

Mansfield Zoo

Mansfield Zoo is home to over 100 native and exotic animals, including two rare White Lions which...

Halls Gap Zoo

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

Phillip Island Nature Parks

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

Panorama Garden Estate

Enjoy a great day out visiting one of Australia's largest private gardens and wildlife reserves at...

Ballarat Wildlife Park

Ballarat Wildlife Park is an award winning Park that is owned and operated by Greg Parker and his...

Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park

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

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Join a wildlife safari, Melbourne style, and spy animals roaming free.

Maru Koala and Animal Park

Get in touch with wildlife at Maru Koala and Animal Park. Owned and run by the Heffer family, they...

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

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

Healesville Sanctuary

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





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Natural habitats

Baw Baw National Park

Covering a substantial part of the Baw Baw Plateau and sections of the Thomson and Aberfeldy River...

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

Meet koalas, emus, kangaroos and many bird species roaming freely in Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve.


Metung is a small and stylish destination located near the Gippsland Lakes and sandy beaches.

Raymond Island

Jump on the ferry and walk the Koala Trail for top koala-spotting in the Gippsland Lakes.

Mornington Peninsula National Park

This narrow strip of coast and bushland offers a wonderful blend of natural scenery and fascinating...


Mallacoota is surrounded by the wilderness of Croajingolong National Park, near Mallacoota Inlet.

Halls Gap

Get right to the heart of the Grampians at Halls Gap and spend days exploring the nearby wonders.

Gippsland Lakes

Experience the largest inland network of waterways in Australia, the Gippsland Lakes.





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Platypus In The Wild Tour

Platypus in the Wild Tour is a dawn and dusk canoe tour on a beautiful mountain lake to see...

South Bay Eco Adventures

Take a spectacular coastal and wildlife ecotour of the bay to spot dolphins, seals, whales and more.

Wild Oceans EcoBoat Tour

Experience the thrill of a high speed boat ride along Phillip Island’s rugged and spectacular...

Wombat Discovery - Nocturnal Tour (Daylesford Region)

Join Wombat Discovery Tours on this very enjoyable and informative nocturnal or night time eco tour...

EcoBoat Adventure Tour

Experience the thrill of a high speed boat ride along Phillip Island's rugged and spectacular...

Wildlife Coast Cruises

Spot seals, whales and more on environmentally accredited wildlife, twilight and lunch cruises.

Winter Whale Cruises

Your opportunity to join in the search for the majestic Southern Whales during their annual...





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