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Wildlife Spotting


In the Otways, you don't have to look hard to spot a koala! Despite appearing rather slow-moving, koalas are actually quite agile, particularly when it comes to climbing trees. If you're on the lookout, try casting your eyes upwards - you'll generally find koalas wedged in the nook of a tree branch and most often fast asleep.

Best locations for koala spotting include Kennett River (take Grey River Road) or Cape Otway - remember to find a safe place to park before stopping to view.


Each year from June to October migrating whales are frequently spotted along the Great Ocean Road. Subscribe to and follow whale watching alerts along the Great Ocean Road here.

Viewing whales from the Great Ocean Road is spectacular, however please exercise caution whilst driving and obey road rules by parking off the road, not stopping or starting suddenly on the road, and not doing any illegal U turns.

Elusive Platypus

Did you know the platypus is one of only two egg laying mammals? To spot a platypus, you are going to need some sharp eyes and a little bit of luck. The elusive creature lives in the banks of rivers and lakes, spending much of its time protected by fallen trees and burrows in the muddy shores. Coming out to feed, keep a close eye for ripples on the waters surface, formed as a platypus comes up for air. Your best chance of spotting a platypus is at Lake Elizabeth a few kilometers from Forrest. Holding an interesting story of its own, Lake Elizabeth was formed when a flood created a landslide some 50 year ago. The 'perched lake' engulfed several trees that now stand as dead trucks protruding from the waters surface.

Other Wildlife

The low ferns and mosses of the Great Otway National Park are home to possums, swamp wallabies, spot-tailed quolls and native bush rats all of which are mostly nocturnal. Hopping around in the undergrowth you may also spot native birds including Ground Thrush, Superb Fairy Wrens, Yellow Robins, Grey Shrike-thrushes and Rufous Fantails.

Discover more about local fauna in the Otways here