Koala Conservation Centre - Wildlife in Their Natural Habitats

At the Koala Conservation Centre on Phillip Island, Victoria
At the Koala Conservation Centre on Phillip Island, Victoria | Source

Phillip Island is about 140km south-southeast of Melbourne. The Koala Conservation Centre, situated in Cowes on Phillip Island, is part of the Phillip Island Nature Parks. It was established as a dedicated centre for koala research and conservation. The centre has over six hectares of bushland that houses native wildlife and plant species. There is also a small café and gift shop in the main building.

Address of the Koala Conservation Centre:

1810 Phillip Island Road, Phillip Island VIC 3923

The Koala Conservation Centre main entrance.
The Koala Conservation Centre main entrance. | Source

The Koala Conservation Centre on Phillip Island is less than two hours' drive from the city of Melbourne

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The tour of the conservation centre begins with lots of information and educational displays near the entrance to the walkways. The informative displays provide an insight into the lives of koalas and other native wildlife in Australia.

Interesting information on the lives of koalas and other wildlife on display at the Koala Conservation Centre.
Interesting information on the lives of koalas and other wildlife on display at the Koala Conservation Centre. | Source

The conservation is not a zoo. The wildlife animals are not confined to certain areas. Visitors have to wander around to have a glimpse of wildlife at the conservation areas. The koalas are living in the wild and the bushland is their natural habitat. The koalas roam freely in this native bushland area and visitors will have to look for them in order to view these animals. Sometimes the koalas are easy to spot, although most of the time they are hiding amongst the trees. There are tall gum trees all around and koalas like to stay hidden amongst the gum leaves where they will spend their day eating and sleeping.

This is what you would expect to see if you look up at the trees above. There's a koala resting on the branches of this tall gum tree.
This is what you would expect to see if you look up at the trees above. There's a koala resting on the branches of this tall gum tree. | Source

What to bring on a sunny day

Things you might need
Sunhat/cap
A bottle of water
Sunscreen
Comfortable shoes
Snacks
Binoculars

There are two elevated boardwalks that will bring visitors closer to see the koalas living in their natural habitat. The Tree Top Koala Boardwalk covers 800 metres of walking area, while the Woodland Tree Top Walk is about one kilometre. Visitors are advised not to touch the koalas and other wild animals. Most people are able to wander around on the boardwalks quietly, but occasionally there are screaming children and boisterous visitors in the area. Koalas are shy creatures and they will stay away from noisy places. From the boardwalks, views of the surrounding wetland areas are serene yet amazing.

Signs directing visitors to the boardwalks and woodland bushes. You won't get lost by following the signs.
Signs directing visitors to the boardwalks and woodland bushes. You won't get lost by following the signs. | Source
One of the two elevated tree top boardwalks leading to the homes of the koalas.
One of the two elevated tree top boardwalks leading to the homes of the koalas. | Source

Interesting koala fact

  • A koala spends 20 hours a day sleeping, two hours feeding on eucalypt leaves and the remaining two hours on other minor activities like preening and moving around.

    They have very low metabolic rate and they need to conserve a lot of energy in order to digest the eucalypt leaves.

Apart from the two boardwalks, there is the woodland trail where visitors can wander through the natural bush areas. They can explore the local bush at their own pace to enjoy the beauty of the native eucalypt woodland where other wildlife animals co-exist. The bushland is home to other native animals like the swamp wallabies, echidnas, nocturnal brushtail possums and ringtail possums. Snakes can be seen during their breeding season in the warmer months between October and March, so watch out for snakes slithering across the trail! There are hundreds of colourful native birds. Some of them are nesting in the hollows of the eucalyptus trees while others build their nests in the thick bushes.

Koala viewing in progress. Visitors need to move around as quietly as possible and be patient because the koalas are sleeping at all hours of the day.
Koala viewing in progress. Visitors need to move around as quietly as possible and be patient because the koalas are sleeping at all hours of the day. | Source
Hurray! This little fella was awake but he looked a little groggy. He managed to stay awake for half a minute before nodding off again!
Hurray! This little fella was awake but he looked a little groggy. He managed to stay awake for half a minute before nodding off again! | Source

More interesting koala facts

  • Koala are wild animals. It is illegal to keep a koala as a pet.
  • They might look like cuddly teddy bears but koalas are not bears. They belong to the family of marsupials which carry their young in the pouch.
  • Koalas are solitary animals, they do not move around in groups.
  • A male koala is called a buck, the female as known as a doe. Their baby is called a joey.
  • The life span of a koala is about 10 years, although there are a number of koalas that live longer.
  • Koala poo is very dry and comes in the form of a pellet. A koala produces up to 100 pellets or more every day.

Koala poo
Koala poo | Source

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The native bushland beyond the boardwalks.
The native bushland beyond the boardwalks. | Source

Sorry, you can't touch those wild koalas...

Just in case the kids (and adults, too!) really want to cuddle a koala, the conservation centre has this huge adorable stuffed toy in the foyer waiting to be cuddled.
Just in case the kids (and adults, too!) really want to cuddle a koala, the conservation centre has this huge adorable stuffed toy in the foyer waiting to be cuddled. | Source
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amine-sehibi 19 months ago

Very beautiful article, keep it up !!


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Jackie Lynnley 19 months ago from The Beautiful South

They are so cute and I would so loved to visit here. Interesting article; thanks for sharing. ^+


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Anne Harrison 19 months ago from Australia

Some of my favourite memories of camping are of waking up and finding some half dozen koalas in the trees around us. Unless you know where to look, they are so easily missed.

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lady rain 19 months ago from Australia Author

Anne Harrison, decades ago we used to see koalas in the trees when we had picnics in the parks. Now, we have to go to a conservation area to see the koalas and like you said, we still won't find them unless we know where to look. Thanks for your comment and vote :)


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Glimmer Twin Fan 19 months ago

This looks fascinating! Maybe one day I'll get here. Love your photos too. I've seen Koalas in zoos, but we don't have them here so never in the wild.

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