The Flora And Fauna of Victoria Australia
Bendigo is nestled in the heart of Victoria with it's diverse natural landscapes and iconic wildlife. Victoria has so many places to visit and some amazing things to see including the natural flora and fauna of the exciting state. Wander across sand dunes and pristine white beaches, trek through lush green rainforests and rugged desert country. Victoria state has it all, and Bendigo is an ideal base for exploring all the natural beauty that abounds in the region.
From the famous 12 Apostles rock formations and the Princess Margaret Rose Cave the landscape changes to the Mungo National Park and then the Great Ocean Road. There you can see the southern right whales or the little Penguins on Phillip Island. Popular tourist attractions include: the 12 Apostles, Gippsland Lakes, Wilsons Promontory, Grampians National Park, Hanging Rock and the Murray River.
The Garden State
Take a visit into Victoria's regions to really take in unmissable green spaces, such as William Ricketts Sanctuary. The sanctuary is tucked into the Dandenong Ranges which is only around a couple of hours from Bendigo. The sanctuary's tranquil forest hides beautiful ceramic sculptures of Aboriginal figures and native animals.
Enjoy the lush gardens and nature of the Mornington Peninsula which boasts an exhaustive range of parks and gardens. You can explore the heritage horticulture in Heronswood Estate and get lost in Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens.
Possibly the jewel in the crown is the Royal Botanic Gardens, they are home to amazing and diverse plant collections such as camellias, rainforest flora, succulents and cacti, roses, Californian species, herbs, perennials, cycads and plants from southern China.
Animals of Victoria
Australia and Victoria has more than 400 mammal species, nearly 1,000 bird species, 4,000 fish species, 300 lizard species, 140 snake species, 2 crocodile species and around 50 types of marine mammals.
More than 80% of the above plus, plants, reptiles and frogs are unique to Australia and are found nowhere else. Some of the better known Australian animals are the kangaroo, koala bear, echidna, dingo, platypus, wallaby and wombat.
But the best way to bump into these exotic creatures is getting out and about in the landscape. See if you can glimpse rare creatures like the Tasmanian devil, platypus and echidna who all call Victoria home.
Around the state birdwatchers will love the 350 species of birdlife including; kookaburras, lyrebirds and colourful parrots.
If you head to the coast then watch in awe at the migrating whales or in Port Phillip Bay take a boat cruise to see the dolphins and seals.
There are some amazing plants and animals that can only be seen in Australia and in some cases only the state of Victoria.
An ideal way of seeing all this flora and fauna is to take a charter bus or coach trip from Bendigo Coachlines whose expert drivers can take you to exact locations.