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5 great animal encounters in Victoria

Phillip Island - Penguin Parade

Everybody loves animal tours, whether you’re spotting tiny, adorable penguins or gentle giants, such as giraffes. Victoria is home to both, and so many more animals you might never see in the wild. Here are five of the most exciting places to go for animal encounters in Victoria.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade

The penguin parade is one of Australia’s most popular tourist attractions. Seeing so many fairy penguins return from the sea at sunset and waddle up the beach to their borrows in the sand dunes is simply adorable. You can observe them from a viewing platform, or if you’re looking for something a little more personalised, Phillip Island Nature Parks also offers eco-tours for small groups, where you’re taken to a secluded beach to watch the penguins.

Magic Moments at Healesville

Healesville Sanctuary lets you enjoy ten minutes with your favourite Aussie animal. It’s a magical experience for small children and their families. Spend some time with a koala, kangaroo, echidna, dingo or pythons in a small group.

Meerkat Encounter at Halls Gap Zoo

Get close to some cheeky Meerkats with Halls Gap Zoo’s Meerkat Encounter. You’ll have the opportunity to feed these delightful animals. The meerkats climb all over you as they try to eat their meal. An unforgettable experience.

African Safari, Werribee Open Range Zoo

Even though Werribee Open Range Zoo is located only half an hour from Melbourne’s city centre, you’ll feel as if you’ve travelled to Africa. Take an off-road African Safari Tour at the zoo, where you’ll get to drive through the zoo and surround yourself with some of Africa’s iconic animals, such as rhinos, giraffes, zebras and antelopes.

Warrook farm, Monomeith

Offering a unique Australian farm experience for families, Warrook Farm in Monomeith runs tours seven days a week. The tour includes sheep shearing, a wagon ride and cow milking. A visit to the baby animal nursery is always a favourite with the kids, and you’ll also see kangaroos and emus at the farm.



Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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