Once my car bought, and after 1 month spent at Melbourne, I decided to go see the Koalas at Raymond Island! Good news from the first day of my trip, I got a job in the bush that started 2 weeks later. I had plenty of time to discover the Victoria 😉 .
Raymond island is a small island near Paynesville 300km east of Melbourne. It’s accessed via a small free ferry for pedestrians. Namely that parking is free for 2 hours at the port, more than enough to admire these beautiful koalas. There is a free camp north of Bairnsdale where I was able to sleep for the first time in my new car (and the second night I tested the tent!).
I dreamed of my meeting with the koalas! Of course with respect for animals (going to zoos cuddling them is considered animal cruelty!). I finally went there twice! I was not satisfied with my first photos … Very important because I would like to later tattoo my second calf with one of them.
You will find some everywhere on the island but a small preserved forest increases your chances to see all the trees 😉 . Be careful, they pee from the tree so when they move do not stay underneath, it’s for your good 😛 .
But not only!
I also had the chance to see an echinda, not shy at all! At the corner of a residential street I saw a dark thing in the distance. And surprise, it moved! He was looking for food and crossed the road quietly. He let himself be approached closely.
To know that there are also small beaches on the island but it is not that which makes its fame nor its attraction. But if you want to stay longer and have a break it’s nice 🙂 .