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Spotting Wildlife Around Warrnambool

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by Michaelie Clark (subscribe)
Pun-loving freelance writer based in Victoria.
Published October 20th 2011
Get off the highway and take the rural route when out and about around Warrnambool. The wildlife of the Western District is, in fact, wild.

Wildlife Around Warrnambool
A koala and her baby spotted in the bush on the outskirts of Warrnambool.

Not confined to local reserves such as Tower Hill or the Cudgee Creek Park, where interaction with animals is assured and therefore is slightly less exciting, visitors and locals alike can spot all sorts of bush critters around the back roads of the city.

Baby Koala near Warrnambool
The baby is set to play...

The tree-lined lanes around the country townships such as Koroit, Panmure, Allansford, Garvoc and Laang are brimming with our native fauna, and can be found with ease if one cares to look.

Koala near Warrnambool
...until mum announces that dinner's ready.

Kangaroos are particularly prolific in the area at the moment, with large mobs frequently seen bounding through paddocks and over barbed wire fences, and even across some of the quieter dirt tracks.

Cows near Warrnambool
Some less wild animal life.

Look up and you'll usually spy some our most remarkable native birds, including kookaburras and blue wrens, or a koala making its home among the gum trees. Keep an eye out on the side of the road too, and you may see an echidna burrowing its way back into the bush.

Farmland around Warrnambool
A peaceful rural landscape.

At the very least, taking the scenic route will enable you to see some of the less wild animal life of the district, such as the cattle and sheep that are integral to local industry.
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Why? Take the time to notice nature.
When: Anytime
Where: Off the beaten track, in the rural areas around Warrnambool.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Love your koala pics! Looks like you were able to get really close or maybe you have a brilliant zoom lens. Looks like a lovely area to visit.
by Sue Williams (score: 2|847) 3288 days ago
Hi Michaelie, Dont forget about The Ralph Illidge Sanctuary one half an hour from Warrnambool on the Cobden Road. Lots of birds and wildlife to be found and all for free!
Kevin Sparrow Friends of Ralph Illidge Sanctuary
by Sparr (score: 0|2) 2901 days ago
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