Melbourne Day 2 - Kangaroos & Koalas

Trip Start Feb 06, 2012
Trip End Apr 16, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Monday, February 20, 2012

Melbourne's hottest months are January and February. Temperatures are moderated by sea breezes and the maximum temperature is around 79F. For the same reason winters are also mild. Very pleasant temperatures for sight seeing. Our tour today was Kangaroos and Koalas. The difference with this tour is that is was observing them in their natural habitats. What a treat --- our guide grew up in a small community, up in the "bush",  and had many childhood friends that were Aboriginals. He was a wealth of information. It took us about an hour and a half to get to the area we were going to. On the way he filled us in on many of the traditions of the Aboriginal People. Our first stop the You Yangs National Park where we visited the Big Rock Aboriginal Cultural Centre where we learned the significance or the terrain around to the Aboriginal People & how they lived in the area years ago. It is considered to be one of the most significant living sites in the region and has great views over the surrounding plains. Next we were taken into some nearby "bush" by a nature guide and we were able to observe Koalas in their natural setting. We saw two, a Mom and one of her offspring, high up in a couple of Eucalyptus trees. They get high up in there & sleep most of the hours of the day -- it was obvious though that they kept their eyes on us and were very aware that we were down below them- watching us watching them.
Following this we enjoyed a BBQ lunch served in an open air setting at the Serandip Open Range Sanctuary. During the lunch we had a lecture and demonstration by a man who was from the Wathaurong Tribe, one of the local Aboriginal Tribes. He showed many types of Boomerangs, explaining how each one was used for specific types of hunting, some of their ancient tools used for working as well as vessels made for storing, cooking and daily use. He also gave us a great demonstration of his musical talent on his Didgeridoo --- a long horn carved from a tree. I am going to try and load up the video of this -- we'll see if it works.Next our guide took us across and into a field that was full of Emus and large groups of kangaroos. We had to be very quite, walk very slowly and zig zag our way through the field so the kangaroos could get used to us and we could get closer. It was quite amazing -- we got to within 20 feet of so from them. They were wary but did not run away unless they got  suddenly spooked from a quick movement. It was a terrific day!!
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Virginia on

Really enjoying your travelogue and pics. I do envy you your warm weather, though. We had a touch of winter the other day - even with some big fat snowflakes! Clear again now - but still cold. Brrrr.

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