Wildlife Tours in Melbourne, Australia
When we think about Australia, the unique local animals, like koalas and kangaroos, usually come to our mind. Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria, is one of the most well-known cities of Australia. It is the second most populous city in Australia and full of diversity, ranging from cultural diversity to diverse landscape. From the urban area of Melbourne, you can easily reach white sand beaches, deserts, as well as rainforests. As you can see, there are many things in Melbourne waiting for you to explore.
The area of Melbourne and the state of Victoria are great destinations for ecotourism. The tourism businesses in the area rely on fragile ecosystem. As a result, the government takes good care of the environment by issuing ecotourism and nature tourism certification for tourism businesses that commit to ecological sustainability practice. You should always check for the certificate to ensure that you have quality vacation with good environmental and cultural experiences.
Within an hour’s drive from central Melbourne, you can reach Healesville, a small town in the outskirts. There, you can visit the Healesville Sanctuary which is one of the best places to see Australian wildlife in their natural habitat. The Australian Wildlife Health Centre in the Healesville Sanctuary also help treat thousands of ill or injured wildlife every year. The place also runs breeding programs for varied endangered species. The experts there are very helpful in explaining about the unique wildlife of Australia. The Maroondah Reservoir Park is also nearby.
About two hours drive from Melbourne through small fishing villages and farms, you will reach Phillip Island which is also a popular tourist destination for the locals as well. At Phillip Island Nature Park, you can experience the famous Penguin Parade. On Summerland Beach at sunset, many penguins march out of the sea together to their inland habitats. There are also Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island Heritage Farm in the area.
Apart from the wildlife, you should not miss the spectacular coastal landscape of Victoria. The Great Ocean Road offers a perfect drive for more than 200 kilometers through the coastal region of south-west Victoria, Australia. You can see breathtaking scenery of beaches and cliffs along the way. The road starts at Torquay which is 95 kilometers away from Melbourne. You can take a coach tour. However, it is a good idea to rent a car, so you will have flexibility to explore the towns and attractions along the route. If you have time, you should spend at least three days to explore the coasts. Apart from remarkable coastal landscape, you can also see kangaroos, koalas, and many native birds. You can also enjoy adventurous activities like surfing and hiking.
Before you depart for your eco-holiday, you should not forget to book eco-accommodations for your trip. There are many to choose from. In Melbourne’s city center, Alto Hotel on Bourke is a great place to stay. It is a four star eco-friendly boutique hotel that won many sustainable tourism awards. The electricity used in the hotel is from renewable energy. If you want to stay near the beach, Habitat HQ Hostel in St Kilda offers budget accommodation. The place is a carbon neutral accommodation with many policies to help promote energy efficiency, waste management, and water conservation.