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Iconic Wildlife

Victoria is blessed to have many of Australia’s iconic fauna species, whether it be those “weird” egg-laying mammals the Platypus and Echidna, the cuddly Koala (note they are not Koala Bears), the two that hold up our coat-of-arms, the Kangaroo and Emu or some of the World’s most deadly snakes such as the Tiger Snake and Eastern Brown Snake. Along with these are many birds which people travel from all over the World to see including the Superb Lyrebird, Brolga, the only Black Swan, Wedge-tailed Eagle, several species of Albatross, the Laughing Kookaburra, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Galah, Little Penguin and hundreds of others.

We have chosen to highlight a few of these species and provide you with some interesting facts and information on each, accompanied by photographs. Many of these species are also displayed in Flickr® albums under our Photography tab. We are adding to these albums regularly as we take additional photos or get the chance to sit down and catalogue the photos we already have.




 (Phascolarctos cinereus)

Southern Brown Bandicoot

(Isoodon obesulus obesulus)

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 128 Eastern Grey Kangaroo Loch Sport Vic 090613 a 4

Eastern Grey Kangaroo

(Macropus giganteus)


(Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus) 074 Common Wombat Tidal River Wilsons Prom NP Vic 250407 
091 Leadbeaters Possum Roman Creek Track Ada Victoria 201012 a cropped 


Leadbeater's Possum

(Gymnobelideus leadbeateri)

  • Victoria's faunal emblem
  • Only endemic mammal species to Victoria
  • Critically Endangered under Commonwealth and State legislation
  • Prefers Mountain Ash and other upland forests and Snow Gums
  • Continues to be threatened by logging of Mountain Ash and other forests
  • Nests communally in stags and tree hollows

Southern Greater Glider

(Petauroides volans)

Greater Glider 
169 Grey headed Flying Fox Beechmont Qld 220109 

Grey-headed Flying-fox

(Pteropus poliocephalus)




(Dromaius novaehollandiae)



Little (Fairy) Penguin

(Eudyptula minor)


Brolga (Grus rubicunda)  
  Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)