Whether you are spotting a whale in The Great Southern Ocean or snapping a selfie with a kangaroo in The Grampians National Park you will have many opportunities to say g’day to the locals.
There are many opportunities as you experience Australia’s best road trip to view the local wildlife. Be it birdlife and sea life along the coast or an emu in the Grampians or a Koala on the road to Cape Otway Lighthouse or at Kennet River, Australia’s wildlife can be found all along the route.
During the winter months Southern Right Whales move from Antarctica to the warmer waters of the north to breed, birth and nurse their young. The Great Ocean Road coastline is famous for whale spotting and at Warrnambool they have even built viewing platforms to marvel at these majestic beauties making their way along the coast.
Immerse yourself in the wilds of the Otways at Wildlife Wonders, just 5km outside of Apollo Bay. Enjoy a 75-minute guided walk through the magical Otways bushland, where you'll discover lush tree fern gullies, eucalypt woodlands and spectacular ocean vistas. Your conservationist guide will share with you the secrets of the bush and the plants and animals who call the Otways home. All the profits from Wildlife Wonders go directly to the Conservation Ecology Centre, working to conserve the unique Australian plants and animals across the Otways.
At Ballarat Wildlife Park you can get close to some of Australia’s most famous animals. Hand feed 100 roaming kangaroos and joeys. See koalas, wombats, Tasmanian Devils, tree kangaroos and some of Australia’s famous reptiles. Celebrity animals also live here, such as ‘Crunch’ the 5 metre long crocodile and also a Komodo Dragon! Go along and meet the little fairy penguins.
Not Australian wildlife but an amazing array of African animals can be viewed at Werribee Open Range Zoo, with over 200 hectares of natural surrounds, you can see giraffe, antelope, rhinos, gorillas, lions, monkeys, cheetahs and the famous meerkats. A great family experience.