Tuesday Travels. . . .Raymond Island, East Gippsland

Although we have lived in East Gippsland for five years I had only been to Raymond Island on one previous occasion.  This time we visited Raymond Island with our younger daughter and her family.  How we happened to visit was a chance meeting with some bike riders when we had gone on a bike ride the previous day.  They told us about the koala trail and said it was well worth a visit. koala sign

Raymond Island is part of Paynesville in East Gippsland.  The island is only about 200 metres from the mainland but the residents don’t want a bridge and so access to the island is by ferry.  It costs nothing if you are a foot passenger or cyclistpassengersbut if you take your car you have to buy a ticket.

Raymond Island ferryThe koala trail is well marked on the island and it wasn’t long before we spotted a koala asleep up a gum tree.  Not much further on we spotted another, this one awake.

koalaOnce we spotted one koala there were many more to be seen.

koalaKoalas sleep during the day so there was very little movement happening even though we saw many koalas. The trip is certainly worthwhile as you can be assured of spotting at least one koala in the wild you just need to look carefully.

 

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