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Victoria’s best nature and wildlife experiences

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Victoria is home to one of the most diverse natural landscapes in the world.

Pristine beaches, majestic mountains, pink-coloured lakes, mighty waterfalls, and an impressive range of wildlife - this Australian state is an incredible place to visit. If you love animals and nature, you’re in for a treat.

Boasting a staggering 139 mammal species, including Australia’s iconic kangaroos and koalas, you’re never too far from an epic wildlife sighting in Victoria. From possums and wombats to platypus and echidnas, the list goes on! With a burst of natural beauty around every corner, it’s no wonder millions choose to experience Victoria’s nature reserves, national parks, and animal sanctuaries on a holiday here. 

Let’s explore some of Victoria’s best nature and wildlife experiences.

The Great Ocean Road

As one of the most spectacular coastal routes and the largest war memorial in the world, The Great Ocean Road is the trip of a lifetime and an epic way to witness Victoria’s wild, rugged beauty. One such experience is the Great Otway National Park, which starts from Torquay, stretching along the Great Ocean Road and up through the Otways hinterland. Here, you can enjoy the best of Victoria’s forested landscape, rugged coastland, magnificent rock formations, beaches, beautiful wildflowers, waterfalls, and glistening lakes. You’ll also spot fascinating wildlife in and amongst the impressive natural scenery, including colourful parrots, kangaroos, koalas, penguins, seals, wallabies and more!

Also situated on the Great Ocean Road is one of Victoria’s most incredible natural attractions - the 12 Apostles. The breathtaking collection of 45m (150ft tall) limestone formations is situated just off the shore at Port Campbell National Park. They were once connected to the cliff but now stand individually and defiantly as part of this world-famous, picturesque coastline. And the best thing is, there are many ways to take in the sights of the 12 Apostles - from a relaxing road trip to an exhilarating helicopter ride! These magnificent structures are truly unforgettable.

Phillip Island

It wouldn’t be a trip to Victoria without seeing the largest colony of Little Penguins in the world at Phillip Island. Did you know that over 4,000 penguins have their burrows here? Every evening at dusk, these beautiful little creatures emerge from the sea and waddle up the beach. It’s no wonder this cuteness parade draws in thousands of visitors from around the world! Also located on Phillip Island is the Koala Nature Reserve. Here you’ll see koalas in their natural habitat - perched upon the treetops of the pretty boardwalk trails - a must-see on your wildlife holiday to Victoria. 

Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve

Founded in 1982, take a trip to Victoria’s first National Park. Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve sits inside an extinct volcano, an extraordinary sight in itself! There are many beautiful species here – we guarantee you’ll be in awe of the exotic water birds. How about joining one of the tours and learning more about nature, history, and culture? A truly fascinating experience. 


The Grampians

The Grampians is a national park with a difference. You can expect marvellous mountain ranges, spectacular wildflowers, Aboriginal rock art, and Halls Gap - a must-see tourist village nestled in the heart of the park. There are many ways to experience the stunning natural beauty here, too. You can enjoy a world-class hike, take a scenic drive, or go fishing, canoeing or kayaking. When visiting, don’t miss the highest peak; Mt. William reaches a jaw-dropping 3,827 ft! The possibilities for an outdoor adventure are endless.

Wilson’s Prom

Otherwise known as ‘The Prom’, Wilson’s Promontory National Park should be at the top of your to-do list on a wildlife holiday to Victoria. This popular park is a 50,000-hectare haven of natural beauty - home to breathtaking mountains, pristine white sand bays and plenty of wildlife, including wombats, kangaroos and wallabies. Walk along the tranquil bushland trails or enjoy a serene swim at one of the granite-backed beaches. Above all, this is the perfect opportunity to see many of Australia’s favourite animals alongside the incredible scenery. 

Mornington Peninsula

There’s plenty to keep any nature-lover happy at the Mornington Peninsula. From underwater sea creatures to sandy beaches and gardens of luscious greenery and wildlife - there’s an adventure around every corner. If you want a picturesque view, head to Arthurs Seat. How about a stroll along one of the blissful bays? Port Phillip Bay is your best bet. Want to explore the wild underwater worlds? The crystal-blue Bass Strait is easily accessible from Gunnamatta Bay. Boat rides, snorkelling and birdlife boardwalks await; there are endless ways to take in the extraordinary natural surroundings here. 

Step into the great Australian outdoors.

With so many wonderful nature and wildlife experiences, a holiday to Victoria is a must. What are you waiting for? Visit one of our Travelbag shops, or get in touch today to book your next down-under getaway!


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