Wildlife Spotting in Spring
You Yangs Regional Park, best known for its 350m tall granite peaks, is located just over an hour’s drive south-west from Melbourne and is home to a variety of native wildlife. The grasslands and low woodlands vegetation are home to more than 200 bird species including various birds of prey, white-naped, white-plumed, new Holland and brown-headed honeyeaters, kookaburras, white-winged choughs and eastern yellow robins. Other native animals often seen in the park are eastern grey kangaroos, echidnas, possums and koalas.
The park's most famous resident, Koala Clancy has its own conservation-focussed website and over 44,000 followers on Facebook. Whilst dawn and dusk are usually the best times to see wildlife, you can often be lucky at other times during the day.
Another option: Lysterfield Park is a great place to see kangaroos. The Lake Circuit Trail is a 5.5km loop (1.5 hours return). Starting at the Mahogany carpark head in an anticlockwise direction around the lake. There's an excellent chance you'll see plenty of kangaroos at most times during the day.