Two best places to see koalas and kangaroos around Melbourne
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You can see koalas and kangaroos around Melbourne and you can see them in the wild! With a little bit of luck and driving around, you will be able to spot them all hopping around, or lazying on a tree.
One of the reasons why I came to Australia was to see the kangaroos and koalas. They are one of my favourite animals (I also love hippos), so a trip to Oz wouldn’t be complete without spotting a skippy, or a sleepy, gumtree eating cute bear. I expected to see koalas and kangaroos around Melbourne, but I thought I would go to the zoo. I was so excited when my friend, Sylvia, took me to some less known places and we actually saw them in the wild!
Sylvia was determined to show me off the beaten path places. We went on many walks and she showed me the city, bars and the street art in Melbourne. and therefore took me to two of them, where I had a great pleasure of seeing the animals in the wild. I spent an amazing time taking photos and observing koalas and kangaroos in their natural habitat. I will never forget this trip!
Below you will find some information on places we visited as well as some useful tips. I hope you will also be able to see koalas and kangaroos around Melbourne.
The best place to see kangaroos in Melbourne
Are you also a fan of kangas? Here is the best and the most unusual place to see kangaroos around Melbourne.
Woodlands Historic Park
We got up on an overcast Sunday, thinking what we should do with the day. It was cold-ish and I wasn’t too keen on going to the beach. So we went on a search for kangaroos. We drove to Woodlands Historic Park. This turned out to be a double score: the park is not only full of wild kangaroos, but is also a special place for the Aboriginal people, who are owners of that piece of land.
The entry part of the park is the Aboriginal cemetery, where till this day the native Australians bury their relatives. The graves are spread among trees. Some don’t have names, but quite a lot not only have written information about the dead (who they were, who was their family, what they liked when they were alive), but also are surrounded by items related to the things they enjoyed doing. So, there would be a football, a pot with a plant, a bottle of whiskey, pink ribbons and hair clips. I found myself wandering among the graves and thinking of the people buried in the ground there. It was so easy to imagine what kind of people they were.
Most of the park is kept in its wild state and it is very similar to the landscape seen by the European settlers in 1840s.
Old trees, like this one, have a great religious significance to the Aboriginal people
But, back to the kangaroos. They are not easy to spot. Their grey fur melts with the surroundings, making them almost invisible. There are lots of them in the park, but you really need to pay attention to the surroundings.
The reason why I like them so much is the way they observe people. They tend to stop, stand straight and watch you – it seems like they think: ‘who is it? why are they here?’
They usually escape when you try to come closer, but be careful they are strong animals and can attack people when they feel threatened.
The best place to see koalas around Melbourne
As much as kangaroos are considered pests and there are quite a lot of them running around, koalas are not as common and are harder to spot. Their grey fur is almost the same colour as the gumtree they eat. They sit high on the trees and don’t move much and are pretty quiet. They are also very picky when it comes to food. Out of over 700 gumtrees they eat only around 30 of them, so you can only see them in certain areas.
Great Ocean Road
One of them is the bushland between Lorne and Apollo Bay, which are both located on the Great Ocean Road. Drive up the Grey River Road and look at the top of the trees.
I was very lucky as one of the small koalas for an unknown reason climbed down a tree. I was literally a meter from it. It was an amazing experience.
Koalas and kangaroos around Melbourne: Useful information
Do you want to see koalas and kangaroos in Australia? Great! Here is some information on how to do it.
How to move around?
First, of course, you need to get to Melbourne. This is very easy. There are flights from all over the world, or you can take a bus, train or a flight from major destinations in Australia.
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Once there, the best thing would be to hire a car. It’s easy to drive in Australia and it’s a great fun! I recommend using Rentalcars, which is a very reliable price comparison site. You can find cars all over the world. It will also help you find the best deal and save money. Find your perfect car around Melbourne.
Kangaroos and koalas with a local guide
If you prefer a local to take your around and you don’t have friends in Melbourne, don’t fret. You can easily find koalas and kangaroos with Withlocals. I normally use their services if I’m looking for something special and extraordinary in a country I travel to.
Withlocals offer private, custom trips with local guides to places not seen in Lonely Planet and other such publications.
It’s easy and fast to book. You can choose your guide, the date of the trip and you can even adjust the programme according to your needs and interests!
I hope that you will be able to see koalas and kangaroos in Melbourne because these experiences were the best ones I had in Australia. I’m keeping my fingers crossed! Good luck! And let me know how it went!
Do you have any questions? Would you like to share your experiences or your point of view? Don’t be shy! Leave a comment!
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