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.
Mt Rothwell Sanctuary
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.