Melbourne's incredible wildlife experiences

Discover Melbourne’s lush temperate rainforests, home to incredible gliding marsupials, Wombats and world famous lyrebirds.

Melbourne’s Superb Lyrebirds were filmed by
Nick Hayward of Wildiaries for the BBC’s Life of Birds. The UK public voted this world famous naturalist David Attenborough's favourite moment!

Maybe start with a private tour to see urban Little Penguins or an evening viewing of Platypus, before heading to Toolangi in the Yarra Ranges, to explore ancient Mountain Ash forest - the tallest flowering plant in the world. 

Visit a winery or two and have lunch in the renowned Healesville Sanctuary. 

Search for lyrebirds, then spotlight in glider country - one of the region’s top wildlife experts and guides will show you Greater, Yellow-bellied and Sugar Gliders accompanied by Boobooks, Powerful Owls and Tawny Frogmouths.

Melbourne is situated at the top of Port Phillip Bay, a 2,000 km2 ‘inland sea’ that is home to Bottlenose Dolphins and fringed by internationally important wetlands. During 

You’ll see thousands of waterbirds on an internationally-significant wetland, meet wild koalas, kangaroos and wallabies, take a boat trip to in search of dolphins and seals (maybe even the odd albatross). 

At the Rothwell Sanctuary you’ll explore a huge predator-proofed grassland where the last
of mainland Australia’s Eastern Barred Bandicoots roam wild and stay at a Victorian mansion set in ten hectares of formal gardens.


The list of uniquely Australian wildlife on Melbourne’s doorstep is impressive. Duck-billed Platypus, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Swamp Wallaby, Eastern-barred Bandicoot, Southern Brown Bandicoot, Koala, Wombat, Grey-headed Flying Fox, Superb Lyrebird, Greater Glider, Yellow-bellied Glider, Sugar Glider, Ring-tailed Possum, Brush-tailed Possum, Australian Fur Seal, Bottlenose Dolphin, Little Penguin and Weedy Sea Dragon are just a few of the species that you can see around Melbourne ...
not to mention cockatoos and parrots, fairy-wrens and honeyeaters that make up a quarter of all Australia’s bird life - and you’re on the edge of the Great Ocean Road, an area just as spectacular - if you know where to look, you will see much more than the average tourist.

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