At home on the coast

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Many species call the Great Ocean Road Coast their home. Here is a small pictorial sample of just some of them.

More than 60 fauna species of state and national significance can be found along the Great Ocean Road coast, the vulnerable Hooded Plover and near threatened Rufous Bristlebird among them. Other more common native species, such as Echidnas, Kangaroos, Koalas and many others, are also in abundance. Our seashores similarly provide a range of marine habitats for fish, sponges, invertebrates and other marine creatures, such as the fascinating Decorator Crab and Victoria's marine emblem, the Weedy Seadragon.

While our coast is a haven for native wildlife, many indigenous species are increasingly under threat on a number of fronts, from loss of habitat due to invasive weeds and climate change impacts to the affects of more people and other animals, such as dogs and cats. We all need to do our bit to protect our native fauna from such threats and to conserve it for future generations.

Animal species

Antechinus Echidna (L-R) Antechinus and Echidna

Bird species

Australian King Parrot Great Egret (L-R) Australian King Parrot (common) and Great Egret (vulnerable)

Hooded Plover Rufous Bristlebird (L-R) Hooded Plovers (vulnerable) and Rufous Bristlebird (near threatened)

Marine species

Decorator Crab Weedy Sea-Dragon (L-R) Decorator Crab and Weedy Seadragon (State marine emblem)

Reptile species

Eastern Three-lined Skink Lowland Copperhead (L-R) Eastern Three-lined Skink and Lowland Copperhead

More information

Endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot: Sightings on the coast.
Wildlife require expert care: Do you know what to do if you find a sick or injured animal?
The Rufous Bristlebird: Spotlight on a very special bird.
World's Swiftest Parrot: Visiting our coast.
Flying foxes entangled: Make sure you use the right netting on your fruit trees.
Sugar Gliders and other critters are returning to Jan Juc thanks to environmental restoration.