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Meet pods and mobs of our favourite wildlife in sanctuaries, national parks and some surprising places.

Kangaroos

Spot mobs of eastern grey kangaroos and wallabies on a wander in Victoria. Admire the world's largest living marsupials in the wild or up close in zoos and sanctuaries. Find a view with a roo at Tower Hill State Game Reserve, Halls Gap and Mornington Peninsula National Park, Wilson's Promontory National Park, or grazing by the water on the Gippsland Lakes. Tee off with furry companions at Anglesea, Hepburn Springs and Halls Gap golf clubs.

Koalas

Spot koalas in eucalypt trees at zoos, sanctuaries and in the wild. Wander boardwalks at Healesville Sanctuary and Phillip Island's Koala Conservation Centre for eye-to-eye views of resident tree huggers. Book a wild encounter or meet the keepers at conservation parks and wildlife sanctuaries. See koalas at large near Kennett River and Cape Otway on the Great Ocean Road, visit Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, or hit the Koala Trail on Gippsland's Raymond Island to see Victoria’s largest koala population. Keep your eyes peeled late afternoon, when koalas are most active.

Wombats

Meet nocturnal burrowers on a torchlit tour or zoo wander. Get close on Healesville Sanctuary's 'pat and play' tour (selfie!) or meet old Patrick, the bare-nosed wombat, at Ballarat Wildlife Park. See wombats at Moonlit Sanctuary, Halls Gap and Mansfield zoos. Lucky spotters see wombats at Wilsons Promontory and Baw Baw national parks, and Tower Hill Game Reserve. Up your odds with a guided tour. Take a ranger-led night tour at Mt Buffalo National Park, or a night tour in Wombat State Forest or Yarra Ranges National Park. Though solo creatures, you might be lucky enough to see a 'wisdom' of waddlers. That's a group of wombats!

Penguins

Watch some of Phillip Island's 32,000 little penguins emerge from the sea each night at dusk. March along to the Penguin Parade to spot little penguins from boardwalks and underground viewing areas, as they waddle home to their burrows. And guess what? A group of penguins on land is called a waddle. Seriously.

Platypuses

When’s the last time you saw a platypus? On a 20-cent-piece? You could just catch a glimpse at a sanctuary or in the wild, in lakes and creeks across Victoria. For a guaranteed sighting, head to the zoo. They headline 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 at Great Otway National Park’s Lake Elizabeth, head to St George Lake in Creswick, or Jackson's Creek in Sunbury.

Seals

Fur seal colonies in Port Phillip Bay, on the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island are a must see. Take a high-speed tour to Seal Rocks, off Phillip Island: the home of more than 16,000 fur seals. Or take a slow boat from Port Fairy to Lady Julia Percy Island, the largest fur seal colony in the southern hemisphere. Close to town, join a trip to Chinaman's Hut in Port Phillip Bay, to watch local seals sun themselves on the octagonal platform.

Whales

Watch humpback, southern right and blue whales, plus orcas, as they make their annual pilgrimage from the feeding grounds of Antarctica to our southern coastline. Watch from purpose-built platforms, as mothers and calves lap up the warmer waters at Warrnambool's Logans Beach nursery, watch the pilgrimage from clifftops and outcrops around Portland or take a winter whale watching tour off Phillip Island. Whales start arriving in Victoria in May and stay until early October.

Emus

The emu gets about in mobs and it’s the biggest bird in the country. The best places to get up close (but not too close) to an emu are Gippsland’s Wilsons Promontory National Park, the Great Ocean Road’s Tower Hill State Game Reserve and Wartook in the Grampians.

Pelicans

Watch pelicans feed at midday in Metung, Gippsland or at the San Remo jetty on Phillip Island.

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Sanctuaries & zoos

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Werribee Open Range Zoo

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

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...

Mansfield Zoo

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

Maru Koala and Animal Park

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

Halls Gap Zoo

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

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

Mallacoota

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

Mornington Peninsula National Park

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

Gippsland Lakes

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

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

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

Halls Gap

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

Raymond Island

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

Baw Baw National Park

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

Metung

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

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Tours

Great Ocean Road Birdwatching Tour

With Melbourne Birding Tours, experience the Great Ocean Road Birdwatching Tour, which takes place...

Night Owls Tour

Give a hoot and join Parks Victoria Rangers and environmental experts in an unforgettable setting...

Wildlife Coast Cruises

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

Wild Oceans EcoBoat Tour

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

EcoBoat Adventure Tour

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

Little Desert Wildlife Discovery

Naturewise Conservation Holidays introduces you to Western Victoria's Little Desert region that...

Swim with Dolphins and Seals Adventure Tour

Sea All Dolphin Swims operates from October through until May. The tours usually start with...

Winter Whale Cruises

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

Wombat Discovery - Nocturnal Tour (Daylesford Region)

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

Great Ocean Road Private Tour

Your private tour of the Great Ocean Road will allow you time to take in the natural wonders of...

Sea Kayak to the Dolphin Sanctuary

Sea Kayaking is the ultimate way to explore the amazingly pristine coastline of the Mornington...

South Bay Eco Adventures

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

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