Where can you see Apollo Bay koalas?

Where can you see Apollo Bay koalas?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 04/28/2022

Reading time: 4 mins

Apollo Bay is one of the Great Ocean Road’s most popular seaside towns.

The Great Ocean Road is phenomenal for many reasons, and being a spot to find koalas is one of them! While you can’t see any koalas within Apollo Bay, you will need to venture out to Kennett River or Tower Hill to see the lovable creatures.

At Kennett River and Tower Hill, you’ll have the best chance to see the koala in their natural habitat! They’ll be noshing on and sleeping up among the eucalyptus trees that line the road’s enchanting forests.

Kennett River

Kennett River is easily one of the best spots along the Great Ocean Road to spot a koala. The best place to spot them is on the Kennett River Koala Walk, where these adorable Aussie animals will be hiding amongst the eucalyptus trees.

The best time of day to start the walk is at dawn or dusk, as koalas spend most of the day sleeping – they simply don’t have the energy to go rushing about!

So, if you are going to go on a little koala spotting adventure from Apollo Bay to Kennett River, just make sure you get up early or make it there before sunset. Going through the day still gives you chances to see a koala, but it can be a game of chance.

Tower Hill

This part of the Great Ocean Road is a wildlife haven filled with all kinds of Australian animals, including the koala! Tower Hill itself is a volcanic crater with conical hills where you can spend time walking around to spot the wildlife. Aside from koalas, you might also see kangaroos, native birds, and emus.

Koala spotting is an enjoyable activity along the Great Ocean Road, alongside these unforgettable adventures:

Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles are one of Victoria’s most astounding natural sites. Consisting of a series of massive limestone stacks, the Twelve Apostles are found within the Port Campbell National Park. The national park also hosts other wondrous attractions, like London Arch and the surreal Grotto.

Most travellers will venture out along the Great Ocean Road just to see the Twelve Apostles!

Maits Rest

This short, charming walk won’t take you hours to complete, but it’s packed full of the vibrant flora! This is another reason why the Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most inspiring drives.

The Maits Rest Rainforest Walk takes you through the lush, mystical rainforest. It is complete with giant rainforest trees that have inhabited the region for millennia, making it the ideal place for a soothing walk.

Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge is another iconic Great Ocean Road attraction that shouldn’t be missed! The picturesque area is a beach with glistening blue water that’s between two towering sandstone cliffs.

The history behind Loch Ard Gorge is where the famous shipwreck took place in 1878 where Loch Ard crashed into Mutton Bird Island. Only two people survived the crash and found their way to Loch Ard Gorge.

Split Point Lighthouse

Aireys Inlet is another Great Ocean Road coastal town with a beautiful beach, fascinating caves, and Split Point Lighthouse. This lighthouse may look familiar if you know the show Round the Twist!  The lighthouse sits by the rugged cliffs and beaches and today it still operates!

All this beauty, along with the koalas, is waiting to be discovered along the Great Ocean Road. If you are lucky enough to see a koala, ensure you keep your distance from them, as they can be frightened of people.

If you don’t have a way to get out to the Great Ocean Road, book the one-day tour!

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.