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  • Day136

    Great Ocean Road - Koala Hunting

    February 24 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We wandered across the road and along a well mown path to get to the sea opposite the Coast House. We had been told to be aware of snakes, but the path was narrow and spiders had made webs across it, so we were most concerned about getting a face full of spider and web - actually I wasn’t concerned, Bun was walking in front! Always the gentleman, I walked at the front on the way back. Blackberries are out ... autumn is coming. In one months time we will be flying out of Australia ☹️

    We have seen koalas in rescue centres, hospitals and wildlife parks, but no wild koalas in their natural habitat. We have been told that there are a couple of places in this area where koalas are almost “guaranteed” - hope they are not like the manta rays and go on holiday when we go visiting!

    Kennet River is back along the road we drove down yesterday, there we found “Kafe Koala” which sounded like a good place to start. While planning and having a coffee, the Beatles “Hard Days Night” Album (I think, happy to be corrected) was playing in the background, not what we were expecting.

    Off up the track where we had been reassured we would find koalas hanging from every tree. We quizzed people who were walking back down from the forest and were reassured that koalas were up there.

    Several couples and families drove through the forest, not sure if they managed to see any. We were guided to a tree and yes, there was a koala in it. Known for sleeping 20 hours a day, they don’t move so there is no hope of a better pose. Fortunately the day was grey and overcast, OK , grey koalas against a grey sky may not be the best combination, but as there was usually sky behind them, they would have been nothing other than black shapes if the sky had been any brighter.

    Spotting koalas was difficult. Walking up hill, looking up into the sky when it’s raining means eyes hit with rain drops, neck ache and the risk of walking off the track and falling down the side of the steep hill. We knew that they sat in the cleft of branches so we initially looked near the tree trunks, but then found them draped quite a long way along branches.

    Well it was a successful walk, six or seven koalas later we were becoming koala 🐨 blind and decide to walk back to Bertha. On the way back down the track we met two minibuses with blacked out windows. The doors opened and out jumped a load of Chinese, some in suits, dresses etc looking very smart. One of the easiest ways of spotting a koala was to watch where others pointed their camera, but where’s the fun in that?

    After the excitement of koala hunting we walked along the river for a while and then drove back along the GOR to Apollo Bay, a historic town with a sandy beach where people can actually get into the sea, much of the coast along the GOR has been large waves crashing onto rocks.

    Wandered about, then back to The Coast House to edit and crop the photos.
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  • Day82

    The Great Ocean Road

    May 10, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Beim ersten Teil der Great Ocean Road war das Wetter nicht ganz auf unserer Seite. Camping viel aus, da der Wind unser Zelt weggeweht hätte bevor es überhaupt stand. Es war kalt und der Regen machte die ganze Sache auch nicht besser.

    Trotzdem hatten wir eine gute Fahrt endlang der Küste. Die Wellen waren die größten bis jetzt, vermutlich wegen dem Wind. Am Koala Kafe (was leider schon zu hatte) sind wir der Tierwelt dann etwas näher gekommen. Paulina fand es nicht so witzig, aber ich war total in meinem Element. Die Vögel dort waren Besucher wohl gewohnt und sind uns angeflogen, in Hoffnung, dass wir was zu Essen mitgebracht haben.

    Die Kirsche on top war dann unser erster Koala. Der saß ganz seelen ruhig im Baum und hat sich nicht vom Trubel der Vögel ablenken lassen.
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  • Day31

    Kennet River

    December 9, 2015 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C


    Second night in the car - done !
    (It was a nice caravan park) and we've payd just one night, because we were so late at the park that there was nobody in the office.. Later we met the manager in the 'living room' (for all guests there) and he told me the same story as the day before.. and asked me the same questions, so I answered the same
    - so we were at the kennet river where were a lot of parrets who were sitting on our heads
    - near torquay there was another wild life park with more koalas !!!
    - at the end of this day we've tried another caravan park near Melbourne ! ...there was a woman in only white clothes and you were only able to see her eyes.. She had a tent next to our car !! We've seen that there were only white clothes and wood - whatever she was weird ! Afrer that.. Two old guys came over to join us & showed us some videos of him when he was singing : Girls be honest, do you think I am still good ? that was enough to say bye !!!! So we get our money for the rent back & were searching for a hostel in Melbourne. Best decision this day !!! so hopfully no dreams about theese crazy people !
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  • Day235

    Kennett River

    April 19, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Nachdem wir nochmal ein Stück durch den Wald gefahren sind, veränderte sich die Great Ocean Road wieder. Diesmal erinnerte sie mich sehr die Route 1 in Amerika. Ein letzter Stop bevor wir nach Lorne kommen.
    Ein bisschen den Berg rauf und die Koalas in den Bäumen suchen. Wir haben sie doch tatsächlich gefunden. "Tja man sollte wohl nir zum Bäume fotografieren irgendwo hinfahren!!!" 😂
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  • Day495

    Unsere ersten wilden Koalas

    March 30, 2019 in Australia

    Von Lorne nach Kennett River sind es 25km, die für uns unvergesslich waren. Die kurvenreiche Küstenstrecke zeigte uns hinter jeder Ecke ein anderes Gesicht. Es ist unvorstellbar unter welchen Bedingungen die Arbeiter damals die Straße bauten. Die Küste - einfach wunderschön.

    Es waren verregnete Tage gemeldet und so kamen immer wieder kleine Schauer. Nachdem wir in Kennett River unser Lager aufgeschlagen hatten, gingen wir auf Koalasuche. Dieser Ort soll sehr bekannt für Koalas sein. Keine 15Meter neben unserem Zelt, wurden wir fündig. 2 Koalas teilten sich einen Baum. Wir liefen an dem Fluss entlang und fanden einige Zeit später erneut einen Koala mitten im Baum sitzen.

    Was für ein tolles Gefühl, diese seltene Lebewesen endlich in der Wildnis zu bestaunen.
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  • Day35

    Kennett river

    October 30, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Nach einer super kalten Dusche in einer öffentlichen Dusche am Strand ging unser Trip auf der Great Ocean Road heute morgen weiter. 😊

    Unsere erste Anlaufstelle: Kennett River.

    Kennett River ist ein kleiner Ort an der Küste, welcher für eine Vielzahl an Koalabären in den Eukalyptusbäumen bekannt ist. Außerdem gibt es hier auch sehr viele Papageien, die sogar den Besuchern auf die Arme springen.

    Zwar hatten wir nicht das Glück, dass uns ein Papagei angesprungen hat, dafür haben wir aber mindestens 15 Koalas in den Bäumen sitzen sehen. Allerdings schlafen Koalas 20 Stunden am Tag und sind auch nachtaktiv. Darum saßen sie dort bloß rum und haben nichts getan.

    Trotzdem war es immer wieder schön, wenn wir einen Koala im Baum entdeckt haben und einer hat uns sogar angesehen 🐨😊
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  • Day346

    Australian Wildlife and a Rainforest

    June 27, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    There are certain things that will never get boring no matter how old you get.
    One of them is bird's best swings or swings in general. We were more than happy to spot one o those on our morning tea spot during our Great Ocean Road day trip.
    The next stop was equally exciting but for different reasons. We were lucky to see heaps of colourful Australian birds and also quite a few Koalas.
    It is always special for us to see some Koalas even though we should probably have gotten used to it by now. I am really gonna miss those little balls of furry cuteness.
    Our last stop before we got to explore the coast was yet another Australian rainforest. Some of the trees were over 70m tall which makes you fell quite small in comparison.
    I'm gonna miss the rainforests too but to be fair I'm going to miss nearly everything about this country. 💕
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  • Day360

    Vacances à Warrnambool

    June 30, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Une semaine de vacances d'hiver à Warrnambool.
    Une petite ville bien adorable, un magnifique bord de mer.

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