Wildlife Aquariums, Reserve, Sanctuary, Zoos
For those seeking fauna as part of their tourism experience, Australia offers a
great number of ways and places to enjoy the wildlife to be found here. For
those visiting Victoria there are numerous places throughout the state
to see both our native wildlife and other animals.
There are national parks, wildlife reserves, reptile farms, conservation
refuges, zoos and aquariums, the assortment and variety of places are
considerable. You are not limited to just these places, as the chances of seeing
wildlife in their natural environment is considerable.
From the coastline bordering on the
Strait overlooked by the
Great Ocean Road and the
Shipwreck Coast trail, tourist get the chance to spot whales and dolphins;
the seal colony at
Cape Bridgewater; the penguin parade and the Koala Conservation Centre on
Greens Bush in the
Mornington Peninsula National Park home to the large mob of kangaroos.
The national parks and outback roads often provide a chance to see kangaroos
and other animals that now call Australia home, such as wild horses,
whilst bird lovers will see all sorts of birds species throughout Victoria,
Australia. For those into our unique reptiles, keep your eyes peeled when
driving through this state, especially in the outback roads for some of our tiny lizards
and larger reptiles.
Victoria - Wildlife Nature Reserves, Zoos, Parks,
Ballarat Wildlife Park
Cnr York & Fussell Sts, BALLARAT EAST VIC 3350 Ph: 03 5333 5933
The interactive wildlife experience
of a lifetime! Koalas, wombats, salt and freshwater crocodiles, Tasmanian devils, goannas,
giant tortoises, wedge-tailed eagles, snakes, wallabies, free-range kangaroos,
emus and more. The park is a comfortable drive from Melbourne by car or coach
and just 5 minutes from Sovereign Hill.
Fauna Australia Wildlife Retreat
RMB 5040, Colac-Lavers Hill Rd, LAVERS HILL
Ph/Fax: 03 5237 3234
Imagine accommodation where you can get close to friendly
Australian wildlife; without the crowds! Stop dreaming, make it a reality! We
offer the best Aussie wildlife experience in the world! Learn about the animals,
our important breeding programs and find out what you can do to make sure these
animals are around in the future.
Melbourne Zoological Gardens
Elliott Avenue, PARKVILLE
Ph: +61 3 9285 9300 Fax: +61 3 9285 9350
Follow the Melbourne Zoo link. Just 4 km from the city centre, and with over 350 wildlife species
in naturalistic settings. During summer months, the zoo remains open
on selected evenings until 9:30pm.
Badger Creek Road, HEALESVILLE VIC 3777
+61 3 5957 2800 Fax: +61 3 5957 2870
Healesville Sanctuary is only an hour from Melbourne, but a visit there will
take you closer to Australias unique wildlife than you ever thought possible.
Featuring wild encounters and unique experiences with Australian wildlife
amongst the sights, sounds and scents of the stunning bushland surrounds. Follow the Healesville Sanctuary link.
Phillip Island Nature Parks
Harbison Rd, PHILLIP ISLAND
Ph: +61 3 5951 2800
Fax: +61 3 5956 8394
Stroll through this eucalypt woodland
and come face-to-face with koalas in their natural habitat. The Koala
Conservation Centres unique tree top boardwalks and close viewing areas allow
visitors to see how truly amazing koalas are. The new koala boardwalk provides
exceptional koala viewing and features amazing views of a beautiful natural
Promoting koala conservation, this ecotourism attraction has been essential for
saving Phillip Islands koala population and natural bush environment. The new
close viewing area plays host to a special koala breeding program over the next
year, ensuring it remains a key player in the conservation of these important
animals. Visitors have the opportunity to experience a ranger-led Koala
Eco-Explorer Tour which provides them with the chance to discover behind the
scenes information about one of Australias favourite icons.
Another spectacular area is the woodland walk. Wandering through natural bush,
amongst hundreds of different species of Australian wildlife, (including
wallabies, possums, echidnas and snakes) visitors can try to spot the koalas
The Koala Conservation Centre also features a visitor interpretation centre with
gift shop and educational displays, which visitors will find extremely
fascinating and informative. The Koala Conservation Centre is part of the
Phillip Island Nature Parks and is a great addition to any trip to Phillip
Island and the Penguin Parade.
Bush Thick-knee (Burhinus magnirostris)
/ Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius)
Kyabram Fauna Park
Pilley Reserve Lake Rd, KYABRAM VIC
Ph: 03 5852 2883
Fax: 03 5853 2336
Open 7 days 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
This award winning attraction allows visitors to share the relaxed natural
surroundings with more than 100 species of Australia's unique wildlife that
include koalas, parrots, Tasmanian Devils, owls, water birds, reptiles, dingoes,
kangaroos and much, much more. For more information and images,
1064 Mansfield-Wood Point Rd,
MANSFIELD VIC 3723
Ph: 03 5777 3576 Mobile: 0419 229 166
Fax: 03 5777 3432
Open 7 days from 10 am
Nestled in the beautiful Delatite Valley with magnificent views to Mt Buller,
Mansfield Zoo offers a great day for all ages. Check out our website for the
Maru Koala & Fauna Park
1650 Bass Hwy, GRANTVILLE VIC 3984
Ph: +61 3 5678 8548
Fax: +61 3 5678 86074
Experience up close and personal contact with the animals. Hand feed
kangaroos, wallabies, emus, birds; observe koalas from the comfort of the
restaurant (Licenced); mini-Golf Extravaganza!! Putt your way around Aust.
Swings!; 18 holes from the beach to the outback zone; enjoy a snack or a meal
with Devonshire teas a specialty; BBQ facilities available.
Cnr Queens Wharf Rd & King St,
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
Ph: 03 9620 0999 (Information Line)
A interactive and involving journey
through the Southern Ocean. 2 levels above ground and 2 levels below the surface of the Yarra
Three Great Zoos
Zoological Parks & Gardens Board, PO
Box 74, PARKVILLE VIC 3052
Ph: +61 3 9285 9300
Fax: +61 3 9285 9330
The website for Open Range Zoo at
Werribee, Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary are all
accessible from the same address.
Range Zoo at Werribee
K Road, WERRIBEE VIC 3030
+61 3 9731 9600 Fax: +61 3 9731 9606
Why travel thousands of kilometres, when a taste of African Adventure is
available just 30 minutes from Melbourne? At Werribee Open Range Zoo, you'll
find an amazing array of animals living in a wide open savanna. Discover grazing
rhinos, giraffe and zebras, see cheetah and cheeky monkeys at play, get close to
a pride of lions, and encounter a family of hippos at the new Kubu River Hippos
experience. Follow the Open Range Zoo link.
Bass Hwy, BASS VIC 3991
Ph: +61 3 5678
2222 Mobile: 0419 377 707 Fax: +61 3 5678 2256
Hold the wombats, feed the kangaroos, get close with the
koalas. Fully guided ranger tours.
To visit the wildlife reserves, zoos, parks and aquariums, check the listings
under each state and territory. For listing of websites dealing with marsupials,
mammals, birds and other fauna, check out the listings below and those listed
and throughout this site.
Bilby Appreciation Society
For people who appreciate the Bilby
in any of its forms - Be it the Greater Bilby, the Lesser Bilby,
or even the Chocolate Easter Bilby!