NATURE AND WILDLIFE
In a region that is best known for the pristine natural environment, there are loads of ways to get back to nature or have encounters with wildlife.
The natural environment is just as spectacular in the water, with world class snorkeling sites and an amazing diversity of marine life right along the coastline. Snorkel or kayak the marine sanctuaries throughout the region or dip a toe in the water at any of the beaches - this is nature at its dramatic best.
There is plenty of wildlife to be seen in the region. There are wild koalas throughout the Otways, particularly around Kennett River and Wye River. Scores of kangaroos share the Anglesea Golf Course with club toting players. After dark, glow worms come to life in the Otways. And the elusive platypus can be seen at dawn or dusk on Lake Elizabeth.
Meet koalas, emus, kangaroos and many species of waterbirds roaming freely in Tower Hill, between Warrnambool and Port Fairy, which sits inside an extinct volcano formed some 30,000 years ago.
Nestled in Port Fairy is Griffiths Island, where some 80–90 bird species have been recorded especially seabirds and waders. There is a large breeding colony of short-tailed shearwaters, locally known as ‘muttonbirds’, with a viewing platform constructed to facilitate watching the birds as they return in a swarm to their burrows at dusk. Other animals resident on the island include swamp wallabies, short-beaked echidnas, blue-tongued lizards and tiger snakes.
Experience blow holes, enchanted forests, and freshwater springs in Portland and surrounds.
Nature puts on an exhilarating show at every turn on the Great Ocean Road. With sparkling ocean one side and towering rainforest the other, it is a truly breathtaking journey.