Great Ocean Road Adventures

Melbourne Wildlife Encounters

Wildlife Encounters in Australia on the Great Ocean Road

A wonderful way to see Melbourne wildlife is to take a trip down the Great Ocean Road.

The region offers an overabundance of wildlife encounters on land and in water, where you can observe animals in their natural habitat or get up close with the help of handlers.

Experience Your Own Melbourne Wildlife Encounter

You’ll find wild koalas and glow worms throughout the Otways National Park and mobs of kangaroos lounging on the grasslands of the Anglesea Golf Course. You can spot a platypus scurrying on the edge of the water at dawn or dusk on Lake Elizabeth, and emus, kangaroos and many species of waterbirds roam freely at Tower Hill (which is between Warrnambool and Port Fairy). You can go whale-watching or see colonies of seals. Without a doubt the Great Ocean Road is one of the best wildlife experiences in Australia.

Our wildlife encounters include the opportunity to pet wallabies, wombats, emus, kangaroos and even dingoes at the Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park. To help you decide how to plan your trip we’ve made a page that includes heaps of information about our wildlife, including a list of the eight best wildlife experiences in Australia.

All Accommodation

Whalers Rest Motor Inn

Portland North

Hotel Warrnambool


150 Steps

Apollo Bay

Apollo 13 Penthouse

Apollo Bay

All Things To Do

Places To Eat & Drink

Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawuurung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Ancestors, past present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.