Fauna Australia Wildlife Retreat

5040 Colac-Lavers Hill Road, Great Ocean Road - Lavers Hill, Great Ocean Road - Lavers Hill, Australia, 3238 - See map
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Fauna Australia Wildlife Retreat

"Overall, this venue was well suited to our needs for a one night stay and the koala experience was a great bonus."

Terry - October 21, 2019

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7.9

Very good

Location rating score

Very good location
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Exceptional service
9.1 rating for service
Excellent facilities on premise
8.1 facilities on premise
Excellent cleanliness
8.0 rating for cleanliness
Very good comfort
7.0 room quality and comfort

The interactions with the animals that they raise and care for here is priceless.

Kawika | March 1, 2019

The location is also very convenient to Melba Gorge and the glowworms.

Susan | March 31, 2017

We learned so much about the animals thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Kawika | March 1, 2019

Very private and comfortable.

Kawika | March 1, 2019

  • Garden

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Value for money8.7
Distance to city center2.1 km
Location rating7.9

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        What people love about Fauna Australia Wildlife Retreat

        • 10.0
          Exceptional
          "If you have the opportunity, I would recommend staying here if visiting the area."

          Jiawei | May 27, 2018

        • 9.6
          Exceptional
          Location
          "Good location to Great Ocean Road, excellent time with so many different animals."

          Sheron | November 6, 2018

        • 10.0
          Exceptional
          Cleanliness
          "The room was as described - clean and comfortable with basic cooking facilities."

          Peter | November 6, 2018

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        Overall rating:
        8.3
        Excellent
        49 reviews
        Cleanliness
        8.0
        Facilities
        8.1
        Location
        7.9
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        What travelers say they love:
        The owners, Dean and Kirsten, were fantastic and we loved me...
        Peter from Australia
        Family with young children
        More about Fauna Australia Wildlife Retreat

        More about Fauna Australia Wildlife Retreat

        When visiting Great Ocean Road - Lavers Hill, you'll feel right at home at Fauna Australia Wildlife Retreat, which offers quality accommodation and great service. The hotel is not too far from the city center: just 2.1 km away, and it normally takes about minutes to reach the airport. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

        At Fauna Australia Wildlife Retreat, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. Facilities for disabled guests, car park, BBQ facilities are just a few of the facilities that set Fauna Australia Wildlife Retreat apart from other hotels in the city.

        The hotel features 4 beautifully appointed guest rooms, many of which include clothes rack, linens, sofa, towels, whirlpool bathtub. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Fauna Australia Wildlife Retreat hits the spot in many ways.

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        10.0
        Exceptional
        "A wonderful family experience and close to lots of attractio..."

        Peter | November 6, 2018

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        8.3
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        10
        Cleanliness8.0
        Facilities8.1
        Location7.9
        Room comfort and quality7.0
        Service9.1
        Value for money8.7
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        6-7 Good (5)
        <6 Below Expectation (6)
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        9.6
        Exceptional
        WONG from Hong Kong
        Family with teens
        Wombat Cottage
        Stayed 1 night in February 2019

        A night in the ZOO”

        We booked the Wombat cottage, which is inside the little zoo. The cottage is surrounded by animal cages, houses and wondering animals. We have been provided a large pack of carrot for feeding wallabies and other animals. My daughters played with the little animals day and night. We also have the chance of touching and feeding the little koalas. Suggestion: 1 Wombat cottage is within the zoo, but not all other rooms. 2 If you want to cook, buy all food you need before going up the hills. No supermarket in Laver Hill.

        Reviewed February 17, 2019
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Nicole from Australia
        Family with teens
        Joey Room
        Stayed 1 night in September 2018

        Lovely Place”

        This place is fantastic. The staff were very friendly and happy to show you around and inform you about the wildlife. My 12 year old said this place was her highlight of the whole trip of the Great Ocean Road.

        Reviewed September 21, 2018
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Peter from Australia
        Family with young children
        Joey Room
        Stayed 1 night in November 2018

        Great family fun!”

        We had a great night away. The owners, Dean and Kirsten, were fantastic and we loved meeting and feeding the animals! The room was as described - clean and comfortable with basic cooking facilities. A wonderful family experience and close to lots of attractions on the Great Ocean Road.

        Reviewed November 06, 2018
        9.6
        Exceptional
        Sheron from Australia
        Couple
        Joey Room
        Stayed 1 night in November 2018

        Fun Farmstay”

        Good location to Great Ocean Road, excellent time with so many different animals.. Active koalas, wallabies, wombats, bats, parrots who greet you "Hello Hello" and my first time hugging a wombat! What an experience! Very close to the Melby National Park for glow worm experience.

        Reviewed November 06, 2018
        7.7
        Very good
        Azreen from Malaysia
        Couple
        Koala Suite
        Stayed 1 night in December 2014

        Accommodation with access to the wild!”

        Interaction with animals, spacious room, environmental friendly bathroom facilities

        We had an amazing time here as we were given ample opportunity to feed and touch the native animals in the retreat (wombats, koalas, wallabies). Children would love to stay here as compared to my experience in the zoo, we were able to carry koalas and feed them more easily than in the zoos (expensive price to pay just for a photo opportunity). Owners gave us a bag of carrots to feed the animals in the compound at our own time and pace. Room was not like a 5-star hotel, but the experience with the animals is so much more worth it. No phone coverage and no restaurants too close, so would be good to have your own meals ready.

        Reviewed September 17, 2015
        7.0
        Very good
        Law from Singapore
        Family with young children
        Joey Room
        Stayed 3 nights in November 2015

        Awesome location and great wildlife experience”

        The wildlife, the proximity to great ocean road and otway and the nature

        Wonderful. Our 4 yr old son loved the place so much that he didn't want to leave after staying 3 nights. The visit to Melba gully at 9.30pm was worthwhile. Our son got to see glow worms! He had so much fun stroking the wallabies, feeding the hairy-nosed wombats, close up with the koalas, ponies, deers, hearing for himself the Lory calling out Hellos to him. Simply wonderful wildlife experience that is incomparable. We went to the G.O.R. Eco wildlife park and felt that fauna's still better. Hosts are wonderful and friendly!

        Reviewed November 07, 2015
        7.6
        Very good
        Terry from Australia
        Couple
        Joey Room
        Stayed 1 night in October 2019

        Older property that really needs some TLC, but was clean and comfortable.”

        Heaters had been turned on in our room in readiness for our arrival. We had a free room upgrade from Joey to Koala. Kirsten (the owner) was fabulous; very obliging and gave us a fantastic koala experience. Property is a little isolated with no other venues "next door". A short drive in either direction will take you to good eating establishments. We drove to Beech Forest and dined at the hotel - a good old country pub. Overall, this venue was well suited to our needs for a one night stay and the koala experience was a great bonus. In all fairness, for us a longer stay may have been problematic, but depending on individual plans and needs it is well worth consideration.

        Reviewed October 21, 2019
        6.7
        Good
        Katalin from Australia
        Family with young children
        Joey Room
        Stayed 1 night in October 2015

        A quiet weekend”

        The animals, Child friendly, lovely staff

        We had a lovely quiet weekend and even though the animals are in cages , they are friendly and given that the retreat runs a breeding program there is really no alternative to the cages so it was fine. Our 10 year old learnt so much and had a great time

        Reviewed October 07, 2015
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Jiawei from Singapore
        Couple
        Joey Room
        Stayed 1 night in May 2018

        Excellent location in the middle of the otways”

        Room was situated in the middle of the otways national park, not too far from 12 apostles and just short drive to Melba gully glow worms. Hosts were very friendly and informative. You get an up close and private encounter with the animals. Room was warmed up for arrival. If you have the opportunity, I would recommend staying here if visiting the area. Only downside is no wifi, but this has probably to do with lack of network coverage in the forest in the first place.

        Reviewed May 27, 2018
        5.2
        Abigail
        Group
        Koala Suite
        Stayed 1 night in March 2019

        Above average”

        Damien was great when showing us the animals and gave a really personalised experience, the reason we booked was to see the animals and we didn’t have high expectations for the room so expected them to be basic. Unfortunately, we did feel like the room was extremely expensive for what we got at $235 for a room for 3 people. It was smelly, felt unclean (there was a used bar of soap and shower gel in the bathroom and stained towels) and we found hairs in our bed sheets. We arrived early evening and only stayed for one night so we did not feel like we could complain as there simply weren’t any other hotels within a 50km radius - we also then read other reviews more thoroughly to learn that the lady owner had infact asked previous customers to leave when they complained and we didn’t want to risk being chucked out so we apprehensively stayed the night. As stated, the animal experience was good but the overall stay was not worth the money due to the lack of cleanliness.

        Reviewed March 20, 2019
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Jesslyn from Singapore
        Family with young children
        Wombat Cottage
        Stayed 1 night in November 2018

        Great for kids”

        Stayed at the wombat cottage which was cozy and comfortable for a farmstay. Very friendly host who brought out koalas and wombat for petting. Nice collection of animals within the farm made it interesting for kids. Our cottage has a standard bed + 2 singles with ample hot water for shower and reverse ac unit for heat and cooling.

        Reviewed November 06, 2018
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Susan from United States
        Solo traveler
        Joey Room
        Stayed 1 night in March 2017

        Not to be missed!”

        This is an enchanting experience - feed and pet koalas, treat wallabies to carrots, listen to a large parrot speak Chinese, and visit the wombats - especially Wilma. Dean is very knowledgeable and you will learn a lot. The location is also very convenient to Melba Gorge and the glowworms. Don't miss it!

        Reviewed March 31, 2017
        10.0
        Exceptional
        HE from China
        Family with teens
        Joey Room
        Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

        Great for family ”

        My parents and I stay two nights here, the staffs were very friendly and happy to show you around, it’s really good for animal lovers, you can see wombats, wallabies, super cutie koalas. My parents can’t speak English, so we were sorry to skip the keepers ‘ presentation of koalas’ welfare.

        Reviewed December 23, 2018
        5.2
        Man from Hong Kong
        Couple
        Wombat Cottage
        Stayed 1 night in November 2018

        Value for money for animal lovers”

        We met & hug the animals and which is v awesome (carrot incl.) the location is a bit far from main attractions so Better prepare for your own dinner with you as there is no meal facility nearby (at least 1x km away and close quite early) i prefer room that is not next to the road and its a value for money option for animal lovers

        Reviewed December 09, 2018
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Kawika from United States
        Couple
        Joey Room
        Stayed 2 nights in February 2019

        Amazing wildlife experience”

        The interactions with the animals that they raise and care for here is priceless. We learned so much about the animals thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Very private and comfortable.

        Reviewed March 01, 2019
        10.0
        Exceptional
        huaning from Australia
        Family with young children
        Kangaroo Family Unit
        Stayed 1 night in February 2018

        who can resist the cutest animals”

        It is amazing to stay so close to koala wallaby and wombat.

        Reviewed February 09, 2018
        7.6
        Very good
        Steven from United States
        Couple
        Wombat Cottage
        Stayed 2 nights in June 2019

        Awesome animal experience”

        24 hr. Access to a wonderful variety of Aussie animals.

        Reviewed June 25, 2019
        6.0
        SIONG from Malaysia
        Family with young children
        Kangaroo Family Unit
        Stayed 1 night in May 2019

        Good experience to stay with the fauna”

        It is always good to have a close interaction with the animal, you may get the small kangaroo to hop around and feed them. Kids were so happy with the stay.

        Reviewed June 02, 2019
        4.8
        kylie from Australia
        Couple
        Joey Room
        Stayed 1 night in March 2019

        Acceptable”

        Great location. Very dirty room though.

        Reviewed March 25, 2019
        5.6
        LUSILIA from American Samoa
        Family with young children
        Kangaroo Family Unit
        Stayed 1 night in September 2017

        Above average”

        encouter with kangaroo and koala is a bonus. just for a night stay is all right, be prepared for blackout if strong wind and heavy rain.

        Reviewed September 21, 2017
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