I woke up today and felt the need for some cuteness in my life, so for this week’s Wednesday Wander I’ve decided to share some photos of koalas. As you might have guessed, that means we’ve wandered to Australia – the first two pictures were taken at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in Queensland, and the last one was taken at the Healesville Animal Sanctuary, just outside Melbourne, Victoria.
You’ll note that these photos were taken at animal sanctuaries – that’s because koalas often, sadly, get hit by cars, and their joeys are then orphaned and need to be cared for. They also fall prey to forest fires, as seen in the famous image of a firefighter giving water to a burned koala at the time of the Black Saturday fires. Both Currumbin and Healesville offer the koalas sanctuary in a space as close as possible to their natural habitats, where they can be still be cared for. I have seen koalas in the wild – but they were high in the feathery tops of gum trees, small round shapes swaying gently with the breeze.
This last photo, from Healesville, was actually taken at my hen party. As my family and most of my bridesmaids were overseas, a lovely friend arranged my hen party for me – the day started with lunch in a private dining room hidden among gum trees, then we got to walk around and see the animals afterwards. The fact that I was dressed in several layers of hot pink clothing (due to being the hen) didn’t matter – we had a great time, and it was the perfect choice for a wedding with so many overseas guests.
And now it’s back to my day. I had some other work planned but, with things as they are, I might just step back through the gate into Ambeth. I have a fourth book to be getting on with, after all! Thanks for coming on another Wednesday Wander with me – see you next time.
Well, that’s certainly made me feel better!
Thanks, Esther, glad I could help x
Hey Helen, lovely to wander with you, particularly as Healesville is only about 45 minutes away from me. Such cute koalas but have you ever heard their screech at night? Particularly when they’re mating. It’s hideous. Lovely post.
Yes, they are noisy creatures at night. I remember hearing them at a campsite one night, those growls are quite scary! Healesville is lovely, isn’t it?
It’s gorgeous, such a popular place these days.
I’ll bet – it’s a lovely town 🙂
I needed a dose of cuteness today, too. It’s not been a cheery one, that’s for sure. Democracy might have let us down, but at least we still have koalas! 🙂
Koalas for president! (I mean really, could they be worse?)
I think they’re a little more predictable, at least …
You had koalas at your bachelorette party! I want your life!
Haha, thanks Kristin! I guess I never thought of it like that. We had wombats, echidnas and kookaburras, too 😀
I wish i knew you when. ..
Yup, koalas are cute. Really needed them today.
Me too! 🙂
OMGosh! Koala’s are so cute!! I don’t know if you watch “The Big Bang Theory”, and if will appreciate this popular cultural reference right now, but after seeing your photos, I have my “Koala Face” on. Lol. Great photos!!
I do watch TBBT – I love it! So I know exactly what you mean 😀 Love that you got your Koala Face on after seeing my photos xx