The Otways are home to incredible species – from towering Mountain Ash trees to the tiny Feather-tailed Glider. Koalas doze in the woodlands, Southern Right and Humpback Whales travel along the coast, the Otways Stone Fly lives in the streams and the Tiger Quoll prowls through the forests. Learn more about the wild lives of the Otways here – and check back regularly as we profile more species.
An Otways favourite, the Long-nosed Potoroo is a tiny, fluffy cousin of the kangaroo. Although they are still persisting in the Otways, they are nocturnal, so not often seen.
These charming little wallabies are only as tall as your knee. They are mostly nocturnal, but sometimes you’ll be lucky enough to encounter one feeding during the day.
Koalas may look like cute teddy bears, but they actually have quite large claws, can be aggressive if approached, and are more closely related to a wombat than a bear.
Another small, brown, ground dwelling mammal, the Southern Brown Bandicoot can best be identified by their long nose, small rounded ears, big bottom, and short tail.
Kangaroos are the largest animals in the Otways, but what makes them really stand out is the way they move – bouncing across the horizon on their strong back legs.
If you see something that looks like a small kangaroo, on its own and in more bushy areas, it’s more likely to be a wallaby.
These small macropods are a yellowish-grey colour, with cream feet and a white belly. They are nocturnal coming out at night-time to feed on fungi, seeds, roots and insects.