Where are the koalas on the Great Ocean Road?

What more do travellers want to see that the local animals of Australia? With so many unique and beloved animals to choose from, it’s sometimes hard to narrow down the best ones, but there is no doubt that the Koala is typically on the top of a visitor’s bucket list. And why wouldn’t they be? With their big fluffy ears and cuddly grey bodies, they have been nicknamed ‘koala bears’ for their shockingly similar appearance to a toy teddy bear. But where can you see these cute creatures?

Spanning a whopping 243km of road, the Great Ocean Road is the region’s smorgasbord of fabulous sights. With attractions ranging from crashing surf beaches, jagged cliffs, to finally magical rainforests. This stretch of road starts from the town Torquay and spans along the Victorian Coast until the small town of Allansford. It is one of the top Victorian tourist attractions, offering not just charming towns, but a collection of stunning wildlife, including the Koalas! But where can you find them?

Things to know about Koalas

These animals are in fact no bears at all, but marsupials! A type of mammal that has small pouches, used by their young which are born immature, letting the babies develop further from the safety of a pouch. Koalas are mostly nocturnal but spend the majority of their time sleeping, totalling about 18-20 hours each day. When awake, they devote their time to eating large amounts of eucalyptus leaves, averaging 200 to 500 grams of leaves per day. Eucalyptus leaves are tough and low in nutrition, and for most animals are poisonous. However, Koala’s have evolved over the years, developing a specialised digestive system. With a slow metabolic rate, koalas are able to digest the leaves slower, which maximises the amount of energy extracted.

Where to find them

Habitat

As it is the main food source, Koalas are mostly found in eucalypt forests. Typically, koalas remain in one tree for long periods of time, only moving to find more food or to breed. They travel far up the tree, usually sitting in large forks of where the leaves hang the most.

Kennett River

Along on the coast of Victoria, Kennett river sits nearby the Otway National Park. The small hamlet is just off Grey River Road and brings a swarm of tourists to its path, famous for being the best place to see wild koalas. Simply stroll down the Kennett River Koala Walk and spot these grey balls of cuteness hanging in the tree branches. For a bonus, there are an endless number of birds hanging about, including the colour parrots and cackling kookaburras.

Along the Road

Where there are eucalyptus trees, there are koalas. So, seeing them hanging on the Great Ocean Road’s trees that border the concrete is common. If you are sitting in the passenger seat or taking a bus tour along, make sure to look up to see if you can spot these grey balls scattered within.

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