8 OF THE BEST WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS

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1. KANGAROOS

Often out and about at dawn and dusk these unique creatures are found throughout the region enjoying fresh grass shoots and leaf tips. 

Best Place to spot them: Anglesea Golf Course

Anglesea Golf Course is home to a large group of kangaroos. Please do not walk on the golf course to view kangaroos. They are best viewed from the road. Kangaroo tours available Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday by prior appointment only. Fees apply.

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2. KOALAS

These cuddly creatures are prolific in the foothills of the Otway Ranges and are often seen snuggled into the fork of a tree. They are actually quite territorial so best to keep your distance. 

Best place to see them: Kennett River

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3. WALLABIES

Swamp wallabies are common in the dense lush undergrowth of the rainforest and other species can be found around the region. A cousin of the larger kangaroo they are often smaller and darker in colour. 

Best place to see them: Bay of Islands Coastal Park

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4. GLOW WORMS

These little creatures make their home along the walking trails generally in dark, damp places - like soil banks with overhanging ledges, along creek embankments. Glow worms are shy - torches, loud noises or touching them may disturb them and cause them to 'switch off' their light and retreat into the darkness. 

Best place to see them: Melba Gully

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5. EMUS

These large flightless birds can be found in family groups on the plains across the region, dining on seeds, fruits and small insects.  Emus are generally peaceful animals, though it's recommended that you keep your distance as the bird can unleash a powerful kick or peck when threatened. 

Best place to see them: Tower Hill

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6. WHALES

Each year, roughly between late May and early October, Southern Right Whales return to their nursery at Logan's Beach to give birth and raise their calves. They migrate along the coast before returning to the waters of Antarctica and can be spotted as far east as Lorne. During the summer months, the Earth's largest mammal, the Blue Whale visits the waters of Portland. The average length of a Big Blue is about 22-24 metres and they can weigh over 100 tonnes. Blue Whales are mostly spotted from November to May. Cape Nelson and Cape Bridgewater are two of a few places in the world where Blue Whales can be seen feeding from land. 

Best place to see them: Logan’s Beach, Warrnambool (winter months) 

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7. ECHIDNAS

These solitary little spiky creatures are not easy to see but are quite common in rainforest and dry sclerophyll forest regions where their favourite meal of ants and termites can be found. Often spotted crossing the road at the most inopportune time these little guys are fascinating to watch. 

Best place to see them: Port Campbell National Park

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8. PLATYPUS

These very elusive creatures are by far the hardest to see and are most active around dawn and dusk when they hunt for food. 

The rest of the time is spent in their cosy riverbank or lakeside burrow.  

Best place to see them: Lake Elizabeth

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