Wildlife Wonders

Wildlife Wonders, Apollo Bay: Hours, Address, Wildlife Wonders Reviews: 5/5

Wildlife Wonders
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Immerse yourself in the wilds of the Otways at Wildlife Wonders on the Great Ocean Road, just 5km west of Apollo Bay. Enjoy a guided walk through the Otways bushland taking in the spectacular views across the ocean. A truly beautiful experience that will take your breath away. Wildlife Wonders directly supports the environment with 100% of profits invested in vital research and conservation projects to save threatened species.
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Barry W
3 contributions
Wildlfe walk
Jun. 2021 • Couples
The forest walk was well run and very informative. Our guide was very experienced and shared her knowledge
Written 10 June 2021
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Robyn C
Apollo Bay, Australia1 contribution
A wonderful experience!
May 2021 • Friends
What a wonderful experience, it started with a browse in the book shop, followed by a very informative presentation by our guide Jack. The walk down through the changing eco systems was very interesting, we learned about the restoration of the forest and the on going research projects to preserve and protect our endangered wildlife. We saw emus, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and many native bird species. I look forward to coming back in the future to see this wonderful place develop and thrive. We are very fortunate to have such dedicated people working so hard to save our unique wildlife and environment before it is too late. Wildlife Wonders is well woth a visit!
Written 12 May 2021
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Hi Robyn, Thanks ever so much for your lovely review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the shop - there is such a wonderful selection of books! And the tour is such a great opportunity to learn about the secrets of the wild Otways and the many conservation projects underway. Thank you very much for your support - we look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Written 26 May 2021
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Lindy Cooney
1 contribution
Wonderful experience
May 2021 • Friends
Wonderful experience with very knowledgeable tour guide. Lovely to see the emus, Wallabies and koalas in a protected and safe environment, not to mention the fabulous native grasses and trees being nurtured so well. Well worth repeat visits.
Written 12 May 2021
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Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I agree - seeing how the site develops over time will be incredible. As the wildlife have returned the land is changing - the little diggings left by the bandicoots, potoroos and bettongs are already helping the soil and germination of new plants. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Written 26 May 2021
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Pamela K
Apollo Bay, Australia1 contribution
Walking tour Wildlife Wonders
What a wonderful informative walking tour through a natural environment where the native resident animals are free to live! It’s so amazingly well done and a huge respect for all the animals and birds. The research centre was so interesting and the level of conservation and preservation is incredibly high! A must do if your in Apollo Bay! Wonderful cafe also and gift shop!
Written 9 May 2021
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Hi Pamela, Thank you so much for your great review. You're right. The fact that the animals at Wildlife Wonders live naturally, choosing their own home ranges, nesting sites and natural foods while protected from feral predators is so special. It makes every sighting a privilege and our guides are so skilled at helping share the secrets and signs that the animals leave behind. So pleased you enjoyed the cafe and gift shop - there are many great local makers represented!
Written 26 May 2021
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Shura
Torquay, Australia2 contributions
A great ecological experience
May 2021
I had a thoroughly enjoyable experience at Wildlife wonders with a senior and my 8 and 10 year old children. The tour begins with a beautiful inspiring presentation and introduction to the region. Our guide Erin (a zoologist!) was fantastic, she was so knowledgable about ecology and provided interesting details about the plants and animals along the walk, she also happily answered the dozens of questions my children had for her.

The tour is a very professional operation, earpieces are provided and give clear sound (even in the wind) and binoculars are provided for viewing animals with minimal disturbance. We saw wallabies, koalas, kangaroos, birds and emus up close. We all really enjoyed the research centre which showed how scientists study, record and learn about animals. I felt it would be a great activity for school groups to participate in.

I thought the ticket price sounded expensive initially but afterwards felt the money was well spent for the experience, it was enjoyable and I am happy to support further ecological conservation. Having the guide truly makes all the difference and we learnt lots of new information about plants and animals in the area.

The gift shop has some excellent books, souvenirs and gifts. I made a few purchases, had a great coffee and we enjoyed other snacks and drinks from the cafe. It is a lovely place to visit for the cafe and shop alone.
Written 4 May 2021
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HI Shura, Thanks ever so much for your lovely review. We're so pleased you all enjoyed your visit to Wildlife Wonders - your experience is exactly what we try to deliver so I'm absolutely delighted. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
Written 26 May 2021
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warren j
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Great informational tour through protected sanctuary
Apr. 2021 • Couples
Fantastily informational tour through a protected sanctuary. Guide was really experienced and knew lots of usefull information. We even got to see a non captive koala within 2 feet of the pathway!
Written 28 April 2021
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Thanks for your wonderful review Warren. I'm so pleased you enjoyed Wildlife Wonders. All our guides have such a wealth of knowledge and experience - spending time with them is always such a great learning opportunity. Your koala sighting sounds very special! The koalas and other aerial and arboreal wildlife are all free to come and go from the site as they choose, while the vulnerable ground dwelling animals are protected form foxes and cats by the predator proof fence - its an ideal arrangement.
Written 28 April 2021
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Tamalita C
Upolu, Samoa2 contributions
Our highlight of this trip, seeing koalas in their natural living enclosures👍
Apr. 2021 • Couples
What a wonderful experience here in this beautiful, natural place. Tour was amazing (thank you Yoanis) & very informative👍👏
I recommend this to everyone & perhaps try do this tour in the rain, nature will sing out loud and ecosystem feels alive. Spotted 8 koalas on this wet day...A.M.A.Z.I.N.G
Written 22 April 2021
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Thanks so much for your lovely review Tamalita. You're right - exploring the bush in the rain is a very special experience - the colours, the scents and the sounds are beautiful. Yoni is incredibly knowledgeable. I'm so pleased you had such a nice time.
Written 25 April 2021
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avw1
Melbourne20 contributions
Wonderful tour
Apr. 2021 • Family
I took my two children (8 and 10 years old) to Wildlife Wonders and we had a fantastic tour. We saw 3 koalas, 2 wallabies and had 2 emus “lead” our tour for about 5 minutes as they walked along the path ahead of us. What an incredible experience!! Our guide, Sarah, was extremely knowledgeable and lovely. We learnt a lot about the local wilderness and enjoyed every moment.

The ticket price seemed a little expensive initially on booking but to give back toward the conservation efforts is worth every cent. Highly recommend to all!!
Written 17 April 2021
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Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I'm so pleased you had such a lovely time with your children - Sarah is incredibly knowledgeable and it sounds like you had some very special wildlife sightings! You're absolutely right, knowing that all profits go straight towards conservation programs across the region is very exciting. We look forward to welcoming you again!
Written 20 April 2021
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Caitlin W
Melbourne, Australia22 contributions
A Natural Beauty
Mar. 2021
I really enjoyed my guided walk at Wildlife Wonders.

This is an immersive experience that allows you to walk through a beautiful Otways ecosystem and learn about it as a whole, where plants and animals work together. Our guide was an experienced academic who really knew her stuff!

We received a presentation at the start and were given our earpiece and binoculars. This is great because it meant the guide didn't have to shout during the walk and it meant that we could watch the wildlife doing their thing without being disturbed, it was really fascinating being able to watch the wildlife so close. This sort of experience cannot be offered by a 'zoo' as these are wild animals.

I got to see (and hear) a variety of different species. I also enjoyed learning about the importance of plants n the ecosystem.

I felt comfortable with the ticket price knowing that my money would go towards research and conservation at the Conservation Ecology Centre.

There is plenty of parking, a cafe and shop. Well worth a visit.
Written 14 April 2021
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Thanks so much for your wonderful review Caitlin. The audio sets and Nikon binoculars are aspects we gave a lot of thought to and I'm so pleased they worked so well for you (and for the animals!). I agree, it's magical to be able to watch the animals so closely without disturbing them. We do look forward to welcoming you again!
Written 20 April 2021
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AndieL0wingsLondon
Collingwood, Australia82 contributions
Engaging and informative wildlife walk
Apr. 2021 • Couples
A relaxed walk in a protected area (no feral animals) in the Otways. The walk has a great balance of being outside walking through examples of Otway environments (eucalyptus, ferns, grassland) and a visit to the conservation centre to explore further information about conservation activity in the Otways. We saw baby turtles in the centre who were on their way to being released into the pond on site, around six koalas, including a mum and older juvenile, and a couple of emus. Lots of interesting facts about ferns, native plants, koalas, how the team work to track and understand wildlife. Our guide, Erin was really knowledgeable, passionate about wildlife and the centre’s work, a great experience. And the fee paid goes directly back to the conservation work.
Written 6 April 2021
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Thanks so much for your lovely review, Andie. A really enjoyable educational experience in nature is exactly what we have tried to create at Wildlife Wonders - we're so pleased you had such a great time. Sharing this special place with people is such a wonderful way to generate much needed funds for conservation programs. Thank you so much for your support.
Written 10 April 2021
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