Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park

Common Wombat

Wombats are nocturnal and solitary creatures who live in burrows, emerging from their underground home at dusk to graze. When necessary, they can travel several kilometres in search for food. Their preferred diet is grass and moss, but also includes shrubs, roots, and barks. In the cooler seasons, they can be seen sunbathing also in daytime.

The Common Wombat’s eating and burrowing habits displaces soil which enhances plant growth, making these animals important contributors to the health of the ecosystem they inhabit.

In the past, wombats were killed in large numbers due to their burrowing being perceived as endangering livestock. Presently, Common Wombats are found in abundance, but continue to be threatened by land clearing which turns their habitat into agricultural spaces. In addition to this, they are also threatened by poison baits which is, unfortunately, a widespread practice employed against feral cats and foxes in the country’s national parks.

Common Wombats breed all year, with males competing for females to mate with. They give birth to a single joey after a gestation period of 20 to 30 days/

Common Wombats can be found in Tasmania and the southeastern parts of Australia, and are comfortable in a variety of habitats, like coastal forests, grasslands, and alpine woodlands.

Wambad is one of the names given to the wombat by First Nations peoples. Others include Warto, Goolung, and Womak.