Koalas and Australia go together like rice and peas or peanut butter and jam. They go hand in hand and it wouldn’t be a trip to Australia without making a point of seeing the country’s most loved animal. Victoria is famous for offering visitors the chance to see Australia’s unique wildlife roaming free in the wild. If you’ve gone over to www.apartmentsofmelbourne.com.au and booked your holiday apartment then you need to get looking at the best places to go and see some koalas so in this article we have listed for you the best places you can do this.
- Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve:
This was declared as the first national park in 1892 and it’s just the ideal place to get up close and personal with the most iconic native birds and animals including emus, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, seasonal reptiles and of course, the koalas. The park itself is actually a thirty thousand year old extinct volcano which makes it a fascinating place to take the kids and spot some nature. This natural wonder is a short drive past Warrnambool at the end of Great Ocean Road. You can go on a Worn Gundidj guided walking tour to make the most of your trip which the whole family would love!
- Echidna Walkabout:
If you are looking for an award-winning experience, head here. Echidna Walkabout won the ‘Best for Wildlife Conservation’ award at the 2014 World Responsible Travel Awards in London. Their koala spotting opportunities are just endless and the proceeds go to furthering research and development so by visiting you’re doing a good deed! There are tours on offer including a one-day Koalas and Kangaroos in-the-wild tour and a four-day Wildlife Journey tour that you can take with the whole family. If you’ve booked online at www.apartmentsofmelbourne.com.au you should be able to see any discounts and deals on walking tours that you can do.
- Kennett River
About an hour along the Great Ocean Road you can visit this little nugget that should just not be missed. You can take the koala walk with your camera at the ready and it’s one of the top places to find koalas snoozing up high in the gum trees. Once you’ve had enough of playing eye spy with these marsupials, keep heading down the Great Ocean Road for a fantastic spot for a picnic with the whole family.
- Healesville Sanctuary
The famous Sanctuary is home to some of the country’s most endearing wildlife including the koala! The koalas roam freely in the bush land and there are special boardwalks that take you up branch level which is just wonderful for checking out sleeping koalas. Located over in Yarra Valley an hour out of Melbourne and a region famous for its cellar doors and farm gates, you can get your road trip started here.
There are plenty of places across Victoria to witness the beauty of Koalas and all you have to do is check out your local tourist office for more information.