Koala Recovery Experience

Koala Recovery Experience

Koalas all over Australia have been affected by bushfires.  To ensure they have a future, many trees need to be planted.

Join us on a special Koala Tree Planting and recovery experience, near Melbourne, or in Gippsland.

Available dates
2021:
Melbourne: July: 1, 2, 3 and 16, 17, 18 and 29, 30, 31
Melbourne: August: 13,14,15 and 26, 27, 28

Gippsland: TBC May & September

 

PRICES: Koala Recovery Experience Melbourne

3 DAYS:

$1620

2 DAYS:

$1080

Single supplement: Please add $260 to price per person for the 3 day tour; or $130 to price for 2 day tour if you wish to have single rooming.  Note: accommodation does not have twin rooms, only queen.

Child rate $AUD per person – 2 days: $810; 3 days: $1215

The child rate applies from 7 to 13 years of age inclusive. This experience is not suitable for children under the age of 7 years. 

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Prices shown are for 2021

 

DETAILS

Location: the Great Western Plains near Melbourne, adjacent to the You Yangs or Brisbane Ranges National Park or other koala hotspots in the region.

Duration: 2 or 3 Days  Grade/Difficulty: medium fitness required

Dates of operation: 2 day tour can depart on first or second date listed (eg 1 or 2 July).  3 day tour can only depart on first day listed (eg 1 July only).  All tours must be complete within the date window.

Departs: around 8am on first day  Returns: to Melbourne around 4pm on last day.

Minimum passengers: 2 adults

Pickup location: from Melbourne city hotel for first day of 2 & 3 day tours.

 

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PRICES: Koala Recovery Experience Gippsland

4 DAYS:

$ to be confirmed

Single supplement: Please add $TBC to price per person if you wish to have single rooming.  

Child rate $AUD per person: $TBC

The child rate applies from 7 to 13 years of age inclusive. This experience is not suitable for children under the age of 7 years. 

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Prices shown are for 2021

 

DETAILS

Location: East Gippsland, either Raymond Island or around Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance, Maffra. 

Duration: 4 Days  Grade/Difficulty: medium fitness required

Dates of operation: to be confirmed soon

Departs: around 8am on first day  Returns: to Melbourne around 6pm on last day.

Minimum passengers: 2 adults

Pickup location: from Melbourne city hotel or convenient central location.

 

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By participating in the Koala Recovery Experience you will:

  • plant targeted koala trees in the places koalas need them most, and
  • help fund the planting of koala trees, and
  • engage with local landowners, community members and help educate others about the importance of koalas.

INCLUSIONS

Leader/Guide: your guide will be an experienced Wildlife Guide and Koala Researcher.

Includes: wildlife guidance throughout, air conditioned transport to and from Melbourne city. Gloves and gumboots (rubber boots) are available for participants (gumboots only if weather is wet).  Meals & accommodation as below:

MELBOURNE:

2 day experience: includes 2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast and 1 night accommodation

3 day experience: includes 3 lunches, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts and 2 nights accommodation

GIPPSLAND: 

4 day experience: includes 4 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts and 3 nights accommodation

 

Accommodation for 2 or 3 day experience – Little River B&B: double share, with ensuite bathrooms, in heritage-listed property near the planting sites. Note: rooms at this property are limited. If they fill other options will be offered.

NOT included: alcoholic beverages

 

Good walking shoes or boots that completely cover the feet (sandals are good to have but are not recommended for tree planting), outdoor clothing to suit variable weather conditions (it is often cold and damp. Please check weather forecast for accurate predictions), sun hat, rainproof coat, insect repellent, 15+ sunscreen, small torch (flashlight), daypack and 1 litre re-usable water bottle. Camera and binoculars are recommended. As space is limited please keep luggage to 1 duffel bag OR 1 backpack OR 1 small suitcase per person.

Gumboots (rubber boots) and gloves can be made available for participants’ comfort during tree planting.  Please inform us of your shoe size before arriving.

Drinking Water: Tap water is completely safe and drinkable and available at accommodation, and a large fresh storage is carried on board the vehicle each day. We recommend you bring a re-usable water bottle which we can refill during the day. If you don’t like to drink tap water we highly recommend you bring a filter to reduce plastic waste.

Itinerary

DAY 1:

Depart Melbourne city accommodation.  Travel about an hour west to our tree planting site near the You Yangs Ranges.

Our tree planting sites are usually along rivers, creeks and near waterholes on farms on the Western Plains.  The morning is spent planting koala trees in these high-quality, fertile sites, often in the company of the landowner, local community members and Koala Clancy Foundation volunteers and staff.  Holes are pre-dug to make tree planting quick and easy.

Lunch is usually taken picnic-style either at the planting site or in nearby bushland.  At this time participants can check in at the accommodation for a hot shower, if preferred.

The afternoon is spent on nature walks to visit the koalas that will benefit most from the tree planting.  Other wildlife is frequently seen.

Dinner tonight is at the local hotel restaurant, next door to the accommodation. 

DAY 2:

Tree planting, weed removal, or other koala conservation work in the morning. This may include site preparation and assessment.  

Lunch is at the local restaurant. 

The afternoon is spent on nature walks learning about wild koalas. 

Return to your accommodation. 

DAY 3: 

Travel to the same, or different, tree planting site.  Morning tree planting, as part of a big group of locals.  

Lunch is picnic-style at the planting site or in nearby bushland.  

The afternoon is spent on nature walks with wild kangaroos and emus.   Birdlife is abundant. 

Return to Melbourne around 4pm. 

DAY 1:

Depart Melbourne city accommodation.  Travel about an hour west to our tree planting site near the You Yangs Ranges.

Our tree planting sites are usually along rivers, creeks and near waterholes on farms on the Western Plains.  The morning is spent planting koala trees in these high-quality, fertile sites, often in the company of the landowner, local community members and Koala Clancy Foundation volunteers and staff.  Holes are pre-dug to make tree planting quick and easy.

Lunch is usually taken picnic-style either at the planting site or in nearby bushland.  At this time participants can check in at the accommodation for a hot shower, if preferred.

The afternoon is spent on nature walks to visit the koalas that will benefit most from the tree planting.  Other wildlife is frequently seen.

Dinner tonight is at the local hotel restaurant, next door to the accommodation. 

DAY 2:

Travel to the same, or different, tree planting site.  Morning tree planting. 

Lunch is picnic-style at the planting site or in nearby bushland.  

The afternoon is spent on nature walks with wild kangaroos and emus.   Birdlife is abundant. 

Return to Melbourne around 4pm. 

DAY 1:

Depart Melbourne city accommodation.  Travel about 4 hours east to our tree planting site in East Gippsland.

Our tree planting sites are usually along rivers, creeks and near waterholes on farms.  The afternoon is spent planting koala trees in these high-quality, fertile sites, often in the company of the landowner, local community members and Koala Clancy Foundation volunteers and staff.  Holes are pre-dug to make tree planting quick and easy.

Lunch is usually taken picnic-style either at the planting site or in nearby bushland.  At this time participants can check in at the accommodation for a hot shower, if preferred.

The afternoon is spent on nature walks to visit the koalas that will benefit most from the tree planting.  Other wildlife is frequently seen.

Dinner tonight is at the local hotel restaurant.

DAY 2:

Tree planting, weed removal, or other koala conservation work in the morning. This may include site preparation and assessment.

Lunch is a picnic at site.

The afternoon is spent on nature walks learning about wild koalas.

Dinner and overnight at accommodation.

DAY 3:

Travel to the same, or different, tree planting site.  Morning tree planting, as part of a group of locals.

Lunch is picnic-style at the planting site or in nearby bushland.

The afternoon is spent on nature walks with wild kangaroos and emus.   Birdlife is abundant.

Dinner and overnight at accommodation.

DAY 4:

Morning tree planting if still necessary, or nature walks.  

Lunch is at a local restaurant. 

Travel back to Melbourne after lunch.  Return to Melbourne around 6pm

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Our Guest's Reviews ...

Fantastic Experience

If you love wildlife and want to see the animals in their natural environment, this is a must-do if you are in Melbourne. It was one of the highlights of our tour. We are so glad we did it!

funtwotravel December 23, 2019