Night owl or early bird? What type of happy camper are you? Victoria's charismatic and cute creatures often save their best behaviour for dawn, dusk and the dead of night.
The earlier you rise and the later you stay – the better the chance you'll have the place to yourself (and your new furry and feathered friends).
For the best chance of spotting native wildlife, smart cookies know they're better off staying the night in a peaceful part of regional Victoria.
Try these totally wild experiences to get closer to nature.
Wombats, emus and kangaroos at the Prom
Wilsons Promontory National Park is one of the best places in Victoria to get up close and personal with wildlife. The animals here are used to people and can be viewed at close quarters. tay in a cabin or unit or pitch your own tent at Tidal River Campgrounds. If you take an evening stroll in the grounds, you’ll definitely see wombats grazing, and further afield at the Prom Wildlife Walk (pictured above) you’re guaranteed to see emu and kangaroos.
Platypus at Lake Elizabeth
Lake Elizabeth is a haunting place in the early morning mists. Created by a natural landslide in the 1950s, the lake is dotted with drowned trees which add to the magical atmosphere. Go platypus spotting from the trail that loops around the lake. Stay the night at the nearby campground or in comfort at the nearby town of Forrest. Qii House and Pennyroyal Farm Cottages are good local options.
Glow worms on the Great Ocean Road
Go for a night hike in the hinterland off the Great Ocean Road and enter an exquisite lightshow. The glow worms are actually the larvae of the fungus gnat. There are good colonies of glow worms at Melba Gully and Maits Rest.