During my road trip along the Great Ocean Road I decided to stay at the Fauna Australia Wildlife Retreat in Lavers Hill. Part of the allure to stay at the family run Fauna Australia Wildlife Retreat was the fact that accommodation came paired with one of a kind Australian animal encounters. The retreat is not open to the public, but only available for retreat guests. The intimate visit with the animals allowed me learn more about native Australian species while getting up close and personal with my various furry friends. Included in my stay I was able to bottle feed a 8 month old baby wombat, hand feed wombats, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, ponies, calves, a baby deer, while also stopping to talk to a parrot. At night, the many rare free range nocturnal animals would appear.