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).
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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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.