Koalas and Kangaroos

February 12, 2010 · 4 comments

Today I woke up to find I was in the middle of a market, a small car boot style event, with a quick look around I ended up buying a book, nothing like a bit of non-battery powered entertainment for a long road trip.

On recommendation of the German couple I met the night before (the guys sister travelled around Australia in 2001) we went to Raymond Island as apparently there are koalas (note: they are not bears they are marsupials, thanks to TheAussieNomad for giving me that fact) there and I’ve yet to see one in Australia (not even in the zoo).

On arrival I spotted a few black swans swimming about (there is actually quite a big flock around the island) and spotted a few small jellyfish in the sea too.

black-swan

Black Swan

I walked around half the island to no avail, I saw some black parrots with yellow trim which I later found out were extremely rare and only 16 pairs on this island.

black parrot

Black parrot flies overhead

The coastal path seemed to end so I turned in land and saw my first Koala! I then stumbled across a guy who lives on the island and said they even had big kangaroos here (I’ve only seen waist height ‘roos on the road) on the other side of the island, so I headed in that direction.

Koala bear

Koala up a tree

Koala cuddling a tree

As it turns out there was a lot of koalas about, so I got a few good photos. Also I was lucky enough to spot some kangaroos, big ones! About 5 foot, 6 inches in height roughly. They were curious but cautious in nature, not running away which allowed me to get a bit closer for a photo or 20.

wild-kangaroos

Wild Kangaroos

Run Skippy Run

So I’d highly recommend Raymond Island for the taste of Australia you are looking for if you’re after the wildlife.

Happy with the day, we moved on, only to find our path blocked due to a crash so progress was halted for the afternoon, so we chilled out in a restaurant for a bit.

Kangaroo Tally:

Alive: 3 Dead: 0

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Nicolas De Corte February 12, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Nice Koala pictures!
Those are the ones you can’t take at the zoo.
.-= Nicolas De CorteĀ“s last blog – What makes a place dangerous for travelers? =-.

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AdventureRob February 14, 2010 at 7:04 AM

That’s right :-) Got some good shots on this little island, highly recommended!

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Amiee February 18, 2010 at 5:31 AM

Love the Koala shots, so cute and cuddly… Must be amazing to see such animals running about!

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AdventureRob February 19, 2010 at 8:55 AM

It was pretty good yeah :-) The islands are the best place to find wildlife in Australia as it doesn’t get hunted or into accidents on them.

I wouldn’t say the koala’s were running about though, more… sitting there :-D

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