Wildlife in Victoria

Just south of Melbourne, Victoria’s capital city, is the State’s most famous wildlife watching attraction, the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. Visitors can see the little (fairy) penguins come ashore each night and waddle up the dunes to their burrows and nesting boxes.

Nearby, Seal Rocks is home to almost 9000 Australian fur seals and many sea and shore birds such as pelicans, ibis, royal spoonbills, swans, gulls, terns and shearwaters.

In Melbourne itself, do not be surprised to see ringtail and brushtail possums that have adapted to living in an urban area and the wetland bird sanctuary underneath the gigantic Westgate Bridge.

The best place to see whales close to shore in Victoria is near Warrnambool, where the southern right whales pass by every winter.

In the west, the Grampians and the Mallee, are a great place to see gliders, owls, the Brush-tailed rock-wallaby, the Eastern Grey kangaroo, possums, echidnas, emus, wedge-tailed eagles, the endangered regent parrot and koalas.

Victoria’s high country (part of the ‘Australian Alps’) is an important habitat for many species such as the endangered Baw Baw frog, the rare mountain pygmy possum (only sub-alpine marsupial in the world), the endangered Leadbeater’s possum, wallabies, kangaroos, wombats, gliders, platypus, snakes, lizards, cockatoos, galahs, crimson rosellas, kookaburras, yellow-tailed black cockatoos and lyrebirds.

The fern valleys and sandy beaches of Wilsons Promontory make up part of the ‘Wildlife Coast’ (Victoria’s south-east coast), where wildlife is abundant and easily observed. The dense forests and coastal inlets of eastern Victoria provide a great chance to see large goannas, dingos, dolphins, glossy-black cockatoos, kangaroos, echidnas, wallabies, possums, potoroos, king parrots, terns, lyrebirds and the rare smoky mouse and ground parrot.

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