Wildlife of Victoria's South-West

A Guide to the Grampians-Gariwerd, Volcanic Plains, Melbourne and Surrounds

April 2024
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    8th April
  • ISBN 9781486313051
  • Language English
  • Pages 416 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images 536 color photos, 452 maps

Victoria’s South-West is an iconic region of Australia that includes the exceptional landscape features of the Grampians-Gariwerd, the Victorian Volcanic Plain with crater lakes and cones, the forests of the Great Dividing Range, and Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay. Victoria’s South-West supports remarkable wildlife, including some found only in the region, and is recognized as both nationally and globally significant for the conservation of biodiversity.

Wildlife of Victoria’s South-West is a comprehensive photographic field guide to the region’s wildlife, many of which occur throughout south-eastern Australia. It covers all the mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs that occur in the region, including on land and in the coastal marine environment. Each of the 432 taxa profiles includes detailed information on identification, range, conservation status, habitat, and ecology, and the local Aboriginal name for the species when known. An outstanding color image and regional distribution map is also included for each species. Additional information is provided on habitat types, conservation and management of wildlife in Victoria’s South-West as well as 19 places in the region to visit and view wildlife.

Ideal for those who wish to identify and learn more about the diversity of animals found in the region, while also gaining an understanding of the distinct role Victoria’s South-West has in contributing to conserving Australia’s stunning wildlife.


  • Perfect for exploring Melbourne's backyard wildlife and further afield
  • Features comprehensive profiles of 432 native mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs, as well as information on 26 introduced species found in the region.
  • Provides detailed local knowledge on the distribution, habitat and ecology of species, and identifies known local Aboriginal names for species.
  • Showcases 19 key wildlife viewing locations in Victoria’s South-West.
  • Discusses major conservation and management issues in the region.
  • Includes stunning images of the region’s wildlife and habitats.

Introduction: Victoria's South-West
1: Wildlife of Victoria’s South-West
2: Vegetation communities of Victoria’s South-West
3: Conservation and management
4: Species accounts
5: Key wildlife viewing spots

Other wildlife of Victoria’s South-West
Submitting records of wildlife
Checklist of the wildlife of Victoria’s South-West
Plant species in this book
References and further information
Index of common names
Index of scientific names

Grant Palmer

Grant Palmer has over 25 years’ experience in wildlife research, particularly across Victoria’s South-West. He has a PhD in wildlife ecology and has been an academic at Federation University in environmental and conservation science since 2005. He is the author of Wildlife of the Otways and Shipwreck Coast.

Jules Farquhar

Jules Farquhar is a reptile scientist based in Victoria’s South-West, and has travelled widely in Australia to research and photograph lizards and snakes. He has an Honors degree in reptile ecology and works as a skink researcher at Monash University.

field guide; biodiversity; ecology; conservation