Wild Trip to Wildlife Paradise from Sydney to Melbourne (Photos)
If you ever decide to enjoy the sights of wild animals, there is an irreplaceable opportunity in Australia to make that dream come true.
Australia is known for the presence of many endangered animals such as the koala, which is considered a marsupial and lives above eucalyptus trees.
You may meet a female koala named “Lori” during your tour there and relax deeply on a eucalyptus tree trunk to conserve energy for the day.
And the keeper of the nature reserve, Liz Florence, explained that there is another reason for the female koala to completely relax, which is that she is “pregnant” and the young marsupials are called “joy”.
She added that when these animals give birth, their cubs are born small and live in their mother’s pouch for six months, where they feed on their mother’s milk, and can finish the growth process in peace.
But until the young come into the world, they move a lot in the stomach of their mothers, 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 “Sampio Wild Life Park” reserve in the city Helensburgh, which is an hour’s drive south of Sydney.
And it is not limited only to koalas, besides this animal, there are many other animals in this reserve, such as kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, red pandas and many local birds that 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.
From Helensburgh south, the Princess Highway runs along the coast and is comfortable, but mostly single-lane, and traffic is always light even on holidays and weekends.
The journey passes through many small coastal towns, which attract surfers, and tourists enjoy charming coves, white sand beaches, numerous campsites, high-class elegant hotels, and the maximum speed on the road to Melbourne is 110 km/h, but the speed is limited to most segments of road at 90 or 100 km/h, plus the main road passes through many towns, so the journey slows down at traffic lights and turns.
Relaxed and happy
The road is the goal of this trip, and Australians feel relaxed and happy as they travel along the highway like the female koala “Lori” sitting on a eucalyptus tree trunk, where traffic flows without noise or flash.
The journey begins along the southeast coast, which is characterized by low population density, from the state of “New South Wales” to the state of “Victoria”. Quiet in the south, in other parts it turns away from the water and passes through dense eucalyptus forests.
A haven for wanderlust
Wilsons Promontory Nature Reserve is located in the extreme south of mainland Australia and is a popular destination for hikers, kayakers and wildlife watchers.
Many animals live in this nature reserve, such as kangaroos, wallabies, emus, 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 daily wombat sightings, and there have been regular reports of short-legged marsupials coming into campsite tents and devouring tourist supplies.
More awaits you
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. Where tourists arrive on the catamaran “Cassie Lee”, which takes them to see the rocks in the open sea, explained Captain John McPhee, saying: “Here is the largest colony of sea 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 a penguin parade starts every evening at dusk, and the guide explains the characteristics of these animals that they 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 road, tourists can see a group of dark blue and white birds and hear their voices.