Koala Conservation Tour
Tour Code: GTCL
Group tour for koala conservation. Includes Koala Researcher; light picnic lunch
Get your corporate or student group outdoors for a day to help and learn about koala conservation on this tour. Search for koalas and other wildlife, remove weeds that destroy their habitat and plant trees for their future (June to August only) in the company of a highly experienced Koala Researcher.
Duration: Full Day – 7 hours
Operates: any time of year except 25th & 26th December
Group Size: 9 to 40+
Includes: Koala Researcher Guide, picnic lunch of sandwich & fruit.
Transport: You can supply transport or we can – please see our Echidna Groups rate sheet.
Itinerary: Koala Conservation Tour
Involve your group in koala conservation on this one day tour. Part of the day is spent assisting your Koala Researcher to find wild koalas in their natural habitats. Once found, each koala is photographed, GPS located, their behaviour and tree species noted. Most of the koalas in the area are known to the researchers – some for many years – and all are part of Echidna Walkabout & Koala Clancy Foundation’s 20 year Koala Research Project. The results of this important study are provided to National Parks Rangers, Wildlife Carers, Hospitals & Veterinarians, Field Naturalists Clubs and Wildlife Scientists for the betterment of wild koalas.
Koala habitat improvement takes up about 1.5hours of the day. Boneseed (Chrysanthemoides monilifera) is an Invasive Weed of National Significance. Wild koalas in the You Yangs avoid areas thickly infested with Boneseed, so by removing the weed we make areas suitable for koalas. Weeding is easy, chemical-free, and requires no special tools or equipment.
Trips during June to August may be involved in Koala Tree planting on private farms adjacent to the You Yangs. These trees will provide future habitat for koalas as climate change forces them out of the dry hills and into moisture-rich valleys.
We break the weeding or planting with walks through the koala habitat, observing birds, wallabies and other mammals, reptiles, and discover plants that are important to koalas.
Lunch is served picnic-style in the Australian Bush.
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Suggestion: great alternative to dinner in the city at end or start of Australia-wide touring.
Suggestion: for groups with lower budgets who want a great day out in the bush
Suggestion: for groups who would like a full day of high quality Australian experiences