The Koalas of Kennett River, Australia

The Koalas of Kennett River, Australia

There is no denying that koalas are an iconic image of Australia. So much so that seeing these adorable creatures with their furry ears and little black button nose is on top of tourists’ bucket list when they go on a trip down under.

The common misconception is that koalas can be found all throughout Australia. The truth is you are most likely to encounter koalas in the east and south coastal regions. Meanwhile, the chances of seeing these creatures when you are visiting Perth or Tasmania are slim to none.

One of the best places you can visit for koala sightings in Australia, however, is the small hamlet of Kennett River. The area, situated in Victoria along the Great Ocean Road, is home to hundreds of koala colonies. They live in dense forests as well as the more urban spots. If you are taking the famed Kennett River Koala Walk, it is not uncommon to spot a koala nonchalantly crossing the road, munching on leaves, casually jumping between gum tree branches, or relaxing in a resident’s balcony. Koalas usually rest for most of the day and become more active in the late afternoon.

The towns in and around the Otway Coast are also great spots to see these charming creatures thanks to the abundant Eucalyptus plants in the area.

Bring a good pair of binoculars to help you spot koalas in their natural habitat. Take note, however, that despite their appearance, koalas are considered wild animals and may become stressed or aggressive in case they feel threatened or cornered. Make sure not to disturb the koalas in their native habitat.

Little Known Facts About Koalas

The Koalas of Kennett River, Australia

Koalas are herbivorous marsupial native to Australia. These adorable creatures are among the most popular animals in the country. The koala interestingly got its name from the ancient Aboriginal word that means ‘no drink’ because its main water source is the Eucalyptus leaves it eats.

Want to know more about koalas? Here are ten little-known facts about them:

  • Koalas can only live in one place—Australia.
  • Koalas can eat up to half a kilo of leaves a day.
  • They store food in their cheek pouches before swallowing.
  • Koalas were nearly extinct in the 20th century due to habitat loss, disease and hunting for fur.
  • Koalas are often called bears but are not bears at all!
  • Koalas mark their territory by rubbing their chests against trees.
  • Koalas are gentle and docile animals but can be highly aggressive when frightened
  • The koala cub stays in the mother’s pouch for five months. The average lifespan of a wild koala is from 10 to 12 years
  • Koalas are excellent swimmers.
  • Koalas are fantastic jumpers. They can easily jump from one tree to another.

Other Activities in Kennett River

There are more than just koalas in Kennett River. Soak up the amazing views, observe wild animals, and enjoy viewing the diverse bird life. There is a wide range of bird species in the area including cockatoos, robins, thornbills, kookaburras, parrots, and more. Drop by the Koala Kafe, buy some bird feed and have a close encounter with beautiful birds in the area.

Kennett River also offers a pristine beach known as a reliable surf break spot. Want to find out if the surf is up? You can easily tell by looking at the available car park space. If it is full, then you better have your surfing gear ready. It is also perfect for taking an easy relaxing beach walk with a fantastic view. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the migrating whales during May to September.

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About the Author Charles

Charles is a world traveler having lived in 44 states and 11 countries and traveled to dozens more. He and his wife spend time between London, Ireland, Canada, and the Philippines.

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