Animal watching trip from Sydney to Melbourne
Sydney “dpa”: Australia is known for the presence of many endangered animals such as the koala, which is considered a marsupial and lives above the eucalyptus trees, such as the female koala, which goes by the name “Lori” and relaxes deep on the trunk of the eucalyptus tree, to conserve energy during days.
Liz Florence, a nature reserve keeper, explained that there is another reason for a female koala to completely relax, and that is “she’s pregnant.” Young marsupials are called “joy”. When these animals are born, their young come into the world at a small size and live in their mother’s pouch for six months; Where they are fed with mother’s milk, they can safely complete the growth process.
But until the young come into the world, they move a lot in the mother’s belly, and this appears every few minutes at least in the belly of the female koala “Lori”, and the female koala lives with other animals in the “Sambi Wild Life Park” reserve in the city of Helensburgh , located an hour’s drive south of Sydney, in this reserve there are many other animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, red pandas and many local birds, which live on the southeast coast of Australia.
This city is the first stop on the road that stretches for a distance of 1300 km between the two largest cities on the continent of Australia. With this excursion, tourists can see many animals in their natural habitats in many places.
The trip starts from Helensburgh in a southerly direction, and the “Princess Highway” runs along the coast, a comfortable road, but it is mostly single-lane, and the traffic is heavy even on holidays and weekends.
The journey passes through many small coastal towns, which attract surfers, and tourists enjoy charming coves, white sandy beaches, numerous campsites, high-class elegant hotels, and the maximum speed on the road to Melbourne is 110 km/h. , but the speed limit on most road segments is 90 or 100 km/h, and the main road passes through many towns, so travel is slowed down at traffic lights and bends.
The road is the goal of this trip, and Australians feel relaxed while driving on the highway, like the female koala “Lori” sitting on a eucalyptus trunk; Where traffic flows without noise and flickering.
The journey begins along the southeast coast, which is characterized by a low population density, from the state of New South Wales to the state of Victoria. In the south it is quiet, in other parts it turns away from the water and passes through dense eucalyptus forests.
Wilson’s Promontory Reserve.
Wilsons Promontory Nature Reserve is located in the extreme south of mainland Australia and is a popular destination for hikers, kayakers and local wildlife enthusiasts.
Many animals live in this nature reserve, such as kangaroos, wallabies, emus, and especially wombats, and if tourists want to see furry animals, it is best to look for them at dusk. Because they are more active in this period.
Many other sites, such as Broom Wildlife Walk Reserve, offer tourists extensive daytime wombat sightings, and there have been regular reports of short-legged marsupials coming into campsite tents and devouring tourists’ supplies.
By the time this point in the journey is reached, a distance of approximately 1000 km has been covered, and Melbourne is much closer to Sydney. Some tourists may think they’ve seen all the local animals, but they haven’t been to Phillip Island yet.
The area of Phillip Island is about 100 square kilometers, and it is connected to the mainland of Australia by a bridge. This island is home to many types of animals, a well-organized amusement park and a regular resort.
The “Koala Reserve” is the first stop on the island, and there are two guides that lead tourists through the eucalyptus trees to a height of several meters above the ground, and this height is enough to approach the gentle marsupials resting on tree branches at a distance of no more than a meter. one of the tourists.
The tourist journey continues to the town of Cowes which is the capital of the island. Captain John McPhee explained where the tourists arrive to the catamaran “Cassie Lee”, which takes them to see the rocks in the open sea, saying: “Here is the largest colony of fur seals in Australia”. Tourists can see more than 5,000 animals on a normal day.
Seals are not afraid of catamarans, and hundreds of them swim to the sound of the engine, frantically sliding into the water and carefully watching the faces of tourists.
In addition, there is a colony of penguins on Phillip Island; Where every evening when dusk falls, the penguin parade begins, and the guide explains the characteristics of these animals, which are 30 cm long and are considered one of the smallest penguin species in the world and live in Australia and New Zealand.
Suddenly, tourists see penguins appear from the sea, where they jump out of the water in small groups and walk along the beach to reach built caves and surrounded by walls that protect them from tourists, but the penguins do not immediately go to their shelters, but gather in small and large groups.
On the way back to the parking lot, across the field, tourists can see a group of dark blue and white birds and hear their voices.