In a region that is best known for the pristine natural environment, there are loads of ways to get back to nature or have encounters with wildlife.
Nature puts on an exhilarating show at every turn on the Great Ocean Road. With sparkling ocean one side and towering rainforest the other, it is a truly breathtaking journey.
The natural environment is just as spectacular in the water, with world class scuba diving sites and an amazing diversity of marine life right around the coastline. Swim with the dolphins and seals at Queenscliff, snorkel at marine sanctuaries throughout the region or dip a toe in the water at any of the beaches - this is nature at its dramatic best.
There is plenty of wildlife to be seen in the region. There are wild koalas throughout the Otways, particularly around Kennett River and Wye River. Scores of kangaroos share the Anglesea Golf Course with club toting players. After dark, glow worms come to life in the Otways. And the elusive platypus can be seen at dawn or dusk on Lake Elizabeth.
There are zoos and sanctuaries in the region too. The Werribee Open Range Zoo takes visitors on an African safari. Jirrahlinga in Barwon Heads is a wildlife rescue centre with lots of native animals to view.
Alternatively, take yourself off the beaten track and explore the 10 waterfalls within 10 kilometres of lovely Lorne, with the help of the Lorne Walks and Waterfalls guide.