Mission Success! Koala Sightings!

We rented a car in Melbourne today and drove out to Phillip Island to visit the Koala Conservation Centre. There was another park nearby where I think you could get closer to the koalas and pet them and stuff, but we decided to check them out in their natural environment, minding their own business, doing koala things. It was kind of like a game of Where’s Koaldo, craning our necks up at the trees, spotting little fuzzy dumplings napping on branches. My photos are terrible since they are from my iPhone. We’ll have much better photos and video from the other camera, but for now, you get a teaser!

koala2There’s a story about these two. One is a mama and one is the baby. The baby is old enough to be independent, but is still learning about how to be his own koala and have his own house, so apparently, these are some difficult teenaged koala times.

koala3 You kinda just walked around amongst the trees, and all of a sudden, there’s a koala or two or four. It was really neat!


Most of them were napping and swaying in the wind (it was super windy). We found one koala who looked somewhat more active and was kinda looking at us. Then she started dropping some poos, which was really exciting for me, cuz it was like, NATURE!!! SO NATURAL!! And THEN, she PEED!!!!! And then she pooped some more! And then she scratched her rump a few times. And then she tucked in for a nap. It was amazing. (I’m just going to assume now she was a ladykoala because I read that they don’t keep as many boys in the center to avoid fighting.)


And then there’s the random take-a-picture-of-my-outfit-in-the-koala-park outfit shots that you always need to have, even if your outfit is not that exciting. I travel in comfort!


We have one more day in Melbourne, then we’re flying back to NZ for one night and heading home!

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17 Replies to “Mission Success! Koala Sightings!”

  1. Vanessa says:

    I really like the koaldos! They are just so fuzzy!

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      We met up with some new friends, and one of them told us that his parents have a tree in their yard with two koalas living in it!! EEEEEP!!!

  2. Esther says:

    Awes, yayayayayayayay!!! KOALAS!!! They are sooooo cute! *Grins* As much as I’d totes want to pet and cuddle a koala, I think seeing them in their natural habitat would be the way to go as well. It looks like you’re having a wonderful vacation! I can’t wait to see your other photos! <3 <3 <3

    P.S. As always, you look adorable! ^_^

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      I always wonder if the wild-animals-for-petting get drugged, or if they are actually super tame. It was really neat to just spot them in the trees though!!

    2. TwinkieChan says:

      p.s. one of our new friends said his parents have a tree in their yard with two koalas living in it!!!!!!!!!!!! and they are noisy!!!!!!!! they grunt!!! She was like, “It sounds like two perverts in your yard.”

  3. Helen says:

    Did you stay long enough on Phillip Island to see the penguin parade?

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      YESSS!!! SO AMAZING!!!!!!

  4. MaDonna says:

    You are cuter than a koala!! But they are sooo cute tooooo

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      I wish I could pee and poo in public and still have people love me.

  5. Katie says:

    watch out for drop bears. 😀

    1. TwinkieChan says:


      1. Katie says:

        Not poop – rabid koalas!

        My husband and I cannot talk about those cute creatures without yelling out “Drop Bears! Raaaahhhh!”

  6. Amy says:

    I can’t believe how freaking jealous I am of you.

    1. TwinkieChan says:

      About an hour later we sat on the beach and watched tiny penguins swim in from the ocean and waddle across the sand to their hidey-hole homes, where they stood around and chatted with each other. We were not allowed to take photos or video. IT WAS SO MAGICAL AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Lee says:

    Do people in NZ drive on the same side of the road as in the US?

    1. TwinkieChan says:


  8. SAWEEEET! They are so cute! and love your colorful lil outfit!

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