Phillip Island’s nightly Penguin Parade, when thousands of little penguins swim to the beach and scuttle to their burrows, has become Australia’s most celebrated wildlife attraction. At the Koala Conservation Centre, walk amongst the treetops, then see the coast and learn about marine environments at the Nobbies Centre. Visit Maru Koala and Animal Park to handfeed wallabies and pat a koala.
Healesville Sanctuary has become famous around the world for its incredible range of more than 200 Australian native species. Kangaroos, wombats, emus, koalas, snakes and birds of prey are just some of them. There are lots of presentations and talks, so if you feel like stroking a snake, you can!
Watch out for wombats, swamp wallabies, possums, lyrebirds, platypus and deer in the national parks in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.
Hand feed wallabies
For guaranteed wildlife sightings on the Mornington Peninsula, head for Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. You can hand feed about 80 tame wallabies which bound around on the Wallaby Walk, and see are many rare or threatened creatures including critically endangered orange bellied parrots. There are bird hides at Coolart and The Briars, and tours to snorkel with wild sea life such as seals, dolphins and sea dragons.
Guided night tours include a spotlight forest walk in the Yarra Ranges National Park near Healesville and a lantern tour at Moonlit Sanctuary.