Great Ocean Road and Mt Rothwell Sanctuary

The 12 Appostles

The 12 Apostles

Great Ocean Road is Australia’s most iconic scenic drive. It follows the south-eastern coast of Australia through the rainforests of Great Otway National Park, past sandy beaches and rugged coastlines. Swamp wallabies (Wallabia bicolor) are quite easy to see during the drive and Koalas are reportedly plentiful in the Otaway.

The remnants of the Arch

The remnants of the Arch

Coastal formation

Coastal formation

Mt Rothwell is a wildlife sanctuary about an hour’s drive west of Melbourne. The 450ha property is surrounded by a predator-proof fence and has been converted to its pre-european state. The sanctuary supports an impressive number of rare mammals that are managed for conservation and research.  During a drive around with the rangers we saw Eastern Barred Bandicoot (Perameles gunnii), Southern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus), Rufous Bettong (Aepyprymnus rufescens), Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby (Petrogale penicillata), Black (or Swamp) Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor) and a Common Ring-tail Possum  (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) with a very small young. Afterwards the rangers took us to the pens where Eastern Quolls (Dasyurus viverrinus) were quarantined prior to their release onto the sanctuary grounds.

Southern brown bandicoot

Southern brown bandicoot

Rufous bettong

Rufous bettong

Brush-tailed rock wallaby

Brush-tailed rock wallaby

 

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