Wildlife Encounters at Great Ocean Road

Wildlife on the Great Ocean Road

Keep your eyes peeled. The abundance of Australian wildlife throughout the Great Ocean Road will wow you. Being one of the most iconic tourist destinations,there is plenty of wildlife to be seen in this region. Moreover, our Great Ocean Road tours offer various wildlife experiences, whether it’s on land or in water.

The best wildlife that you can encounter in this region:

  1. Kangaroos

They are often seen out and about at dawn and dusk. Kangaroos are found throughout the region enjoying fresh grass shoots and leaf tips. The best place to spot them is at the Anglesea Gold Course. Anglesea Golf Course is home to a large group of kangaroos. Other great spots are on the Great Ocean Walk just west of Johanna Beach Car Park, and Princetown on the Gellibrand River Flats. If you’re in the Otways, you could probably also see Wallabies – the smaller, darker cousins of the kangaroo.

  1. Wallabies

Swamp wallabies are common in the dense lush undergrowth of the rainforest. They are cousins of the larger kangaroos, and they are often smaller and darker in colour. The Bay of Islands Coastal Park is the best place to spot them.

  1. Koalas

Koalas love to eat and sleep and are often seen snuggled into the fork of a tree. They are quite territorial so it is best to keep your distance. These cuddly creatures are abundant in the foothills of the Otway Ranges and around the Great Ocean Road Region. Great spots to look for them include Kennett River, Cape Otway, Wye River, Wongarra and Lorne. Sometimes they may even come into the townships, so look up into the gum trees and you might get lucky.

  1. Emus

These large flightless native birds can be found in family groups on the plains across the region, dining on seeds, fruits and small insects.  Emus are generally friendly animals; however, it is recommended that you keep your distance as the bird can unleash a powerful kick or peck when threatened. The best place to see them is at Tower Hill.

  1. Platypus

These creatures are by far the hardest to see, and are most active around dawn and dusk when they hunt for food. They spend the rest of their time in their cozy riverbank or lakeside burrow. The best-known place to spot Australia’s most elusive animal, i.e. platypus, is Lake Elizabeth. You can take a canoe tour with Otway Eco-Tours at dusk or dawn to see a platypus. Just keep your eyes peeled when near any of the rivers and estuaries – you might be lucky enough to see one.

  1. Whales

Every year, approximately between late May and early October, Southern Right Whales return to their nursery at Logan’s Beach to give birth and raise their calves. They migrate along the coast before returning to the waters of Antarctica and can be spotted as far east as Lorne. The best places to see whales are at Logan’s Beach, and Warrnambool in the winter months.

During the summer months, the Blue Whale i.e. the Earth’s largest mammal visits the waters of Portland. They are mostly spotted from November to May. Cape Nelson and Cape Bridgewater are two of a few places in the world where Blue Whales can be seen from Great Ocean Road lookouts.

If you want to get acquainted with Australian wildlife, book one of our Great Ocean Road tours today!

close encounters with wild koalas on this great ocean road tour

Encounter wild Koalas close enough for a selfie.