Top 6 Coastal Wildlife Hot Spots

Embark on the Coastal Discovery road trip and uncover hidden gems and not so hidden gems. Along the way, stumble upon enchanting locations brimming with Australia’s distinctive wildlife and marine creatures. Join us as we unveil six must-see wildlife hot spots along the Coastal Discovery route.


6. Jervis Bay, New South Wales
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Image: Diving with Jervis Bay seals, diving and snorkeling underwater in the marine park

Jervis Bay is one of the most pristine locations you will find with abundant marine life. Teeming with native Australian wildlife, our resident dolphins play in the bay all year round. See kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, wombats, and many rare bird and animal species in the wild. One of the best places in Australia to witness whales on their annual migrations, humpbacks and southern right whales can be seen both offshore and inside the calmer waters of the bay from June through to November.


5. Raymond Island, Victoria
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Image: Cute koala on Raymond Island in Gippsland, Victoria

The Raymond Island Koala Trail is where koala viewing is guaranteed. Travel over to the island from Paynesville as a foot passenger and you will see the Koala Trail map and information board. From here, it is only a fifteen minute walk to the koalas and back, but you will want to allow extra time for viewing and taking photos.


4. Pebbly Beach, New South Wales
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Image: Kangaroos, beautiful native wildlife on the beach

Pebbly Beach is home to kangaroos and lorikeets and you would be most unlucky not to spot them when you visit. Take the Mt Agony Road just north of Batemans Bay and drive though the beautiful Murramarang National Park. The local kangaroos are friendly and may approach but they should never be offered food.


3. Moonlit Sanctuary
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Between Melbourne and Phillip Island you will find the Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary. Moonlit Sanctuary is Melbourne’s award-winning wildlife park. Come and visit and get an up-close look at Australia’s amazing animals. But it is an night when Moonlit Sanctuary comes alive with world-famous, lantern-lit evening tours. Get up close to many Aussie animals in their natural nocturnal environment.


2. Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria
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Image: Walk with the Wombats at Wilsons Promontory

Not only is this Australia’s most southern mainland point, the Prom as locals call it is home to many native animals and bird life. One of the best places to see wombats in the wild as well as kangaroos, wallaby’s, emus and lorikeets. Although nocturnal, wombats are often grazing around the Tidal River Campgrounds during the day.


1. Phillip Island, Victoria
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Image: Little Penguins returning home on Phillip Island

Although most famous for the Little Penguin Parade, Phillip Island is also home to wallabies, echidnas, pelicans, short tailed shearwaters, koalas and Australia’s largest colony of fur seals. All of these animals are in their natural habitat.


The Top 6 Coastal Wildlife Hot Spots Between Melbourne and Sydney

  • 1. Phillip Island, Victoria
  • 2. Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria
  • 3. Moonlit Sanctuary
  • 4. Pebbly Beach, New South Wales
  • 5. Raymond Island, Victoria
  • 6. Jervis Bay, New South Wales