Visitors to our beautiful city often ask where to see Australian animals near Melbourne. The good news is, there are some great places near Melbourne where you can see our native animals! Both in the wild, and in wildlife sanctuaries. Our Phillip Island day tour from Melbourne gives you the chance to discover unique Australian wildlife like penguins, kangaroos, koalas, and plenty more! So here’s an overview of where to see these creatures!
Kangaroos and Wallabies
On tour we visit Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park where you can feed wallabies and kangaroos. The kangaroos and wallabies have either been rescued from the wild if injured, or raised at the sanctuary. This means they are very friendly and used to humans. It is a very different experience from seeing them in the wild. Special feed is available to purchase and while feeding you may be able to see a joey poking its head out of the pouch, or be able to take a selfie with a kangaroo.
Koalas, Wombats, and more
At Moonlit Sanctuary there are over 60 Australian species, including birds, marsupials and reptiles, some of which are endangered species. Keeper talks and the Conservation in Action Show give you the opportunity to learn more about these amazing animals. Or you can walk around the sanctuary and see the sleepy koalas, marvel at the impressive wedge-tailed eagles, and listen to the laughter of the kookaburras.
Phillip Island Penguins
If you want to see penguins in their natural environment, Phillip Island is the best place. The island is home to around 30,000 Little Penguins. These are the smallest penguins in the world! They come to nest on the island all throughout the year. Every evening you can see them coming out of the ocean and waddling across the beach to get back to their nests. On tour we also visit the Nobbies Boardwalk which offers spectacular views of the coast. There’s also a chance to see penguins at home in their nest.
So what are you waiting for? No need to wonder where to see Australian animals near Melbourne, just jump on board our Penguin Island Tour and you’ll meet them all!