Australia is known for its cute and cuddly wildlife, but did you know Melbourne is home to these incredible animal experiences?
Just about anywhere you visit you’ll find an opportunity to cuddle a koala and feed a kangaroo, but a trip to Victoria also boasts lesser-known animal experiences. From swimming with seals to playing with a platypus, you’ll find unique wildlife encounters you won’t soon forget.
Swim with dolphins
Australia’s oceans offer amazing animal encounters, and one of the most magnificent is the opportunity to swim with bottlenose dolphins in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Watch from the shore as wild dolphins leap from the water, or hop on a boat to swim with them in their natural habitat. A dolphin swim tour will educate you about these clever creatures while ensuring both swimmers and dolphins are safe. See them glide gracefully through the water and interact with the playful dolphins before exploring the colourful reef in the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park.
Spot seals from Phillip Island
Phillip Island’s resident fur seals are some of the most entertaining animals in Victoria. Onlookers can watch as the seals frolic and play before diving into the cool water. During breeding season (October to December), see the population grow as young seals are welcomed into the colony. Encounter the seals lounging on rocks from a wildlife cruise. You might even come face-to-face with the playful seals when they approach the boat to say hello. If you’d like to join the seals in the water, join a licensed tour for an unforgettable animal experience.
Watch for whales
Australia is home to a huge variety of whales. In Victoria, you can see humpback whales, southern right whales, blue whales and orcas as they travel from Antarctica to the warmer waters of Australia. Spot these majestic creatures from purpose-built viewing platforms and clifftops, keeping an eye out for the white tail and fin as they emerge from the surface of the sea. For a closer look, join a boat tour to see the whales from the water. Watch on as they jump from the water, creating a huge splash as they plunge back into the ocean. You may even see mothers and their young calves swimming through the water together.
Encounter a platypus at Healesville Sanctuary
Few Australian animals are as elusive or unique as the platypus. At Healesville Sanctuary, embrace a once-in-a-lifetime experience with these cute creatures found only in Australia. Listen to a presentation by an experienced keeper before beginning your up-close encounter. Climb into the platypus’ pool and become one of the few people who have been one-on-one with this amazing Australian animal. After wading into the shallow water, you’ll have the opportunity to feed, touch, and play with one of the resident platypus. Soon, you’ll discover how playful and affectionate the platypus can be.