Wildlife Wonders opened its doors in March 2021.
Step into Wildlife Wonders, an animal sanctuary in Apollo Bay, famous for its conservation efforts.
Take a 75-minute guided walking tour that lets you see the Otways landscape and animal life.
Visit the Research Base and learn about the many projects that are currently underway.
Head to the cafe to sip on a coffee in a beautiful bushland setting; all profits from the café and gift shop also support conservation.
Ticket to Wildlife Wonders
75-minute guided walk
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what is wildlife wonders apollo bay?
what is wildlife wonders apollo bay?
Wildlife Wonders is a native animal sanctuary where the forest meets the sea. It is located about 5 kilometers west of Apollo Bay. This is the latest project for the Conservation Ecology Centre, a not-for-profit social enterprise that has taken the concept of ecotourism to another level by showcasing the beauty of the Otways landscape in a thoughtful way. They also give back to the ecosystem through their research projects.
COVID-19 Safety Measures
Wildlife Wonders has adjusted their daily work programs to intensify cleaning in high traffic areas.
In public areas, they offer hand sanitizer gel and encourage guests to observe advice from the Australian Government Department of Health on recommended hygiene practices, social distancing, and for more information.
The staff are executing exceptionally good hand hygiene with frequent hand washing, hand sanitizing to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.
Wildlife Wonders registers the contact details of their visitors.
They ensure that face masks, gloves, and paper tissues are available to maintain the safety of the staff and guests.
Social distancing guidelines are provided upon check-in.
The staff is trained to keep an eye out for the symptoms of coughing, fever, and/or shortness of breath, and to take action if a guest feels unwell or if any of the staff reports feeling unwell.
If COVID-19 starts spreading in the community, anyone with even a mild cough or low-grade fever (37.3 C or more) needs to stay at home. They should also stay home (or work from home) if they have had to take simple medications, such as paracetamol/acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin, which may mask symptoms of infection.
Things to Do at Wildlife Wonders
Take a Guided Walk
Take a 75-minute guided tour through Wildlife Wonders. This is a great way to bond with your family. Stroll through the forest on a meandering 1.4km path set against the stunning backdrop of the ocean, and see some animal residents up close. Wildlife Wonders is encircled by a fox and cat-proof fence, so it is free from feral predators. This means you’ll be able to explore a thriving Otways ecosystem that cannot be found elsewhere presently. Moreover, the sanctuary was designed and created by Brian Massey, who was an Art Director on ‘The Hobbit’ films and landscape designer of the award-winning ‘Hobbiton’ in New Zealand. As you’d imagine, Wildlife Wonders is home to magnificent landscapes for which the Great Ocean Road is renowned.
Learn about Conservation
On your guided walk, you get to pause and visit the Research Base. Discover the projects that are currently being undertaken across the Otways by the Conservation Ecology Centre, which your visit is helping to support. Towards the end of the walk, see some of the research work ‘in action’, including camera traps and nesting boxes.
Break for Coffee
Either before or after your tour, head over to the gift shop and treat yourself to a well-earned refreshment. Or escape the bustle of Apollo Bay and go on a short drive up the hill to sip on a coffee in a beautiful bushland setting. Note that all profits from the café and gift shop also support conservation.
know before you go
know before you go
Wildlife Wonders is open daily from 11 AM to 3 PM.
Wildlife Wonders Location
Wildlife Wonders is located 5km south of Apollo Bay along the Great Ocean Road.
Get Directions to the Ticket Redemption Point
Apollo Bay is 197km from Melbourne CBD and will take approximately 2hours and 30 minutes to drive. Alternatively, you can take the scenic route via the Great Ocean Road that will add 30 minutes to your journey (plus photo stops). To drive the Great Ocean Road, exit the Princes Freeway at the Torquay exit.
By Public Transportation
Apollo Bay can be reached via the V-Line bus from either Geelong or Colac, where it meets some V-Line train services from Melbourne. Buses connect with the Melbourne – Warrnambool train line at:
Geelong Train Station and travel along the Great Ocean Road through Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne, and other coastal towns
Colac Train Station (Wednesday and weekends only) and travel via the hinterland through Forrest, Barramunga, Tanybryn, and Skenes Creek
Things to Do Near Wildlife Wonders
The Great Ocean Walk
The Great Ocean Walk is a walking track, about 200 km southwest of Melbourne, spanning 100 km from Apollo Bay to Glenample Homestead. Several operators offer guided tours through the track, and the walk is estimated to take eight days to complete. All walkers have to register with Parks Victoria and must book campsites. The track runs through an area that is home to koalas, wallabies, echidnas, reptiles, bird species, snakes (including tiger, brown, and copperhead), and leeches. If you're going between June and September, you can spot whales along the coastline.
The Marriners Lookout
Treat yourself to panoramic views of the town and the bay when you reach Marriners Lookout Road. Enjoy a quick stroll along the foot trail to reach the lookout. Once there, you will get to see spectacular views of the town, harbor, and coast. On a lucky day, you may catch a glimpse of the SS Casino, a 1932 steamship that sank in the waters close to shore.
Cape Otway Lightstation
Make a road trip of it and drive to Cape Otway Lightstation to check out Australia’s most famous lighthouse. Dating back to 1848, the lighthouse stands atop sea cliffs 90 meters above the ocean. Expect awesome views from the Lighthouse Balcony, and, if you're on a guided tour, tales of tragic shipwrecks along the coast. The nearby Aboriginal Cultural Site is a must-visit for a lesson in painting, spear throwing, and other traditional activities.