Whether you’re visiting Australia or local, spotting a koala in the wild is exciting! However, they are not that easy to find, especially if you don’t know where to look. Below are the top 5 places you are most likely to spot a koala in the wild whilst road tripping around Australia, without having to be a highly skilled ranger in order to do so.
- Otway Coast, VIC
- Raymond Island, VIC
- Noosa National Park, QLD
- Magnetic Island, QLD
- Tilligerry Habitat Reserve, Tanilba Bay, NSW
The Otway Coast, which lies between the cities of Apollo Bay and Lorne, is one of the best places to spot a koala in the wild. They can be spotted in the trees as you enter the Otway National Park, although you will need to make sure you’re on the lookout as they can be hidden high up in the trees and easily missed if you’re driving too fast. Koala Cove Café and Kennett Caravan Park near Kennett River are also very popular spots for koala sightings.
If you’re heading from Melbourne to Adelaide or vice versa for a road trip of the Great Ocean Road, make sure you take some time to explore these areas in addition to the other beautiful attractions in the area.
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On the other side of Melbourne, is Raymond Island – another one of the best places in Australia to see koalas in the wild. With a designated Koala Trail and a koala information board, it’ll be hard to miss the koalas. There is also an abundance of nature for the nature lovers out there!
Raymond Island can easily be visited in a weekend getaway from Melbourne, which can be combined with a visit to Wilsons Promontory National Park or a road trip from Melbourne to Sydney.
Noosa National Park may not have as big of a koala population as the previous locations, but they do have an active population of koalas that can often be seen near the pathways and the entrance. To make things easier, there is a chalk board at the visitor centre with recent sightings.
Whether you’re in a neighbouring city or going on a road trip from Cairns to Sydney or Brisbane, stopping by Noosa will be worth a visit! Who doesn’t want to visit one of the best surfing spots in Queensland and combine it with koala sightings?
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If you’re traveling by campervan, Bungalow Bay Koala Village is the only place that offers camping so you will want to book in advance and make sure there is space. Alternatively, you can park your van in Townsville and head over to Magnetic Island on foot.
The Tilligerry Habitat Reserve is a haven for koalas due to the reserve being so densely wooded and it’s free to enter! You can get a 2 hour guided walk if you want to, but you can just as easily get a free map from the visitor centre and do a self-guided tour of the reserve. For more information on the Tilligerry Habitat Reserve click here.
There are many other places in Australia you can spot a koala in the wild, but it may not always be as easy to spot them hiding in the trees. Bear in mind that the best times to spot a koala are in the late afternoon/evenings or early in the morning, so try plan your visits around these times if possible.
Ready to go koala spotting but don’t have a car? Submit your trip on coseats.com to find a lift and make new friends while you’re at it. Alternatively, you can hire a campervan relocation for as little as $1 per day and make a road trip out of it!
Are there any other places you have found to be popular for spotting koalas in the wild? Please share your top places with us by commenting below.