Breaching Southern Right Whale

There is an abundance of wildlife along the Great Ocean Road. Creatures that live within our vast natural habitats include wallabies, kangaroos, platypuses, koalas, glow worms and dozens of unique birds such as cockatoos and lorikeets.

With several marine sanctuaries on our coastline we also boast marine animals – like whales, dolphins, seals and hundreds of smaller life forms.

Find Wildlife Tours around the Great Ocean Road

You can often encounter wildlife just making your way around the national parks and sanctuaries in our region. But we also have services that can guarantee your opportunities to see Australian animals up close. The most popular among these is the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. But we also offer tours that include stops at wineries (if that’s more your type of thing!). And there are wildlife zoos that care for other types of Australian animals which are not normally present in our habitat (such as dingos).

Tower Hill Bush Food and Wildlife Experience
Middle Island

Learn about our Great Ocean Road Animals

Just driving around our region you will spot paddocks with cows, sheep, pigs, alpacas and even champion racehorses who have retired to greener pastures. We also have animals employed to protect our natural environment. You may have heard of Maremma Dogs that protect free range chickens. But did you know that they have been trained to protect the penguins on Middle Island?

For more information about where exactly to see genuine wildlife along the Great Ocean Road, check out our Wildlife page. And don’t forget that our wildlife is wild! As tempting as it is, please avoid feeding them.

Or, tap into the wildlife expertise of one of our locals by dropping in or calling a Visitor Information Centre.


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