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Platypus scouting at Lake Elizabeth

The last stop on our road trip from the Grampians (Gariwerd) to the Great Ocean Road was a very special one. Since the failed platypus scouting in Gippsland, we still had some unfinished business and several travelers along the way told us, that the chances to spot a platypus (or two) would be at least realistic at Lake Elizabeth. The lake itself is fairly new – after heavy rain in 1952, a landslide blocked the East Barwon River and when the surprised folks living nearby went to discover why the water stopped flowing, they found a brand new lake. For

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Koalas at Kennett River

The dozen houses that make up Kennett River are located between Lorne and Apollo Bay along the Great Ocean Road. This is another sure spot to see a bunch of koalas, so quite a lot of people take a break here on the way to the Apostles. Right across the road of the Koala Cafe, there are a couple of gum trees with koalas doing what they can do best – eating and sleeping. There is also a good chance that parrots and rosellas are hanging out in the trees, waiting for snacks from the visitors. What’s special about this

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Koalas at Lighthouse Rd

Going down the Lighthouse Road from the Great Ocean Road to Cape Otway provides many good spots to see some koalas up in the trees. I would say it is impossible to not see any koalas on this road. We ended up parking the car a couple of times to walk around and look out for them. They are usually quite high up in the trees, so pack some binoculars if you have them around. We were lucky to see a mother koala climbing in the tree with a young one. We also saw a hungry koala enjoying the eucalypt

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Wilsons Prom revisited: Home of the wombats!

In mid January, we planned a week-long overnight hike to the beaches of Wilsons Promontory. It turned out quite different since Bettina became a bit sick just when we were about to leave. Eventually, we stayed the first couple of days in Tidal River to relax and recover, doing some of the shorter day hikes, and spotting animals. It was a great place to hang out, especially in the hours of dusk when lots of wombats came out to eat. Several of these cute animals are used to the campground and even try to get hold of the food stored

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Kutai NP – Meeting wild orang utans

The first item on our travel agenda for Kalimantan was the Kutai NP, a 2,000 km² protected rainforest with an estimated orang utan population of 600. Only a tiny fraction of the park is open to visitors, allowing them to stay at one of the 2 rooms at the ranger station which is reachable with a 20 minute boat ride from the outskirts of Sangatta. The best way to go is to call the senior ranger Mr. Supiani beforehand, asking him about the conditions. The accommodation is nice, visitors are asked to bring their own food and water for the stay

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