Wildlife of the Otways and Shipwreck Coast

September 2019
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    9th September
  • ISBN 9781486308989
  • Language English
  • Pages 304 pp.
  • Size 6.69" x 9.64"
  • Images color photos & maps

The Otways and Shipwreck Coast is known for its natural beauty and attracts millions of visitors each year, particularly along the Great Ocean Road. The value of the region's rich biodiversity is recognized at the national and global level and its wildlife is markedly different to other regions, including eastern Victoria which supports similar vegetation types.

Wildlife of the Otways and Shipwreck Coast is a photographic field guide to the vertebrate wildlife of Victoria’s south-west. It covers all the mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs that occur in the region, including on land and in coastal waters. Each of the 288 species profiles includes a description and information on identification, range, conservation status, habitat use and ecology and is complemented by an exquisite color photograph and a detailed distribution map. The book also includes chapters on habitat types, conservation and management, and on 14 key places in the region to view wildlife.

This book will allow those interested in wildlife, including residents and visitors, to identify vertebrate animals found in the region. Readers will also become more familiar with the distinct role the Otways has in conserving Australia’s biodiversity.


  • Describes 288 native species, each with a color photograph and regional distribution map
  • Provides detailed local knowledge on the occurrence and ecology of the region’s wildlife
  • Describes 14 key wildlife viewing spots in the region
  • Discusses major wildlife conservation and management issues in the region

1: Wildlife of the Otways and Shipwreck Coast
2: Otways and Shipwreck Coast habitats
3: Conservation and management
4: Species accounts
5: Key wildlife viewing spots
Other wildlife of the Otways and Shipwreck Coast
Submitting records of wildlife
Checklist of wildlife of the Otways and Shipwreck Coast
Plant species referred to
References and further information
Index of common names
Index of scientific names

Grant Palmer

Grant Palmer has over 20 years' experience researching the wildlife of south-eastern Australia, including the Otways region. He is an academic at Federation University Australia in environmental and conservation science, with a PhD in wildlife ecology. He worked with the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council on its Angahook-Otway Investigation, leading to the formation of the Great Otway National Park, and leads annual wildlife survey trips in the region. He is a member of the Otway Threatened Species Research Network and an editor of the journal Australian Field Ornithology.