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We’ve just got back from a holiday over in Australia – hence the lack of blogging after the last burst. (If I’d done anything work-related I suspect I’d have experienced a rapid divorce!)

Of course, before we left our friends were all saying “we hope you spot some koalas.” We hoped so too, but after a fair bit of driving through various eucalypt forests we were beginning to wonder. Until we went down to the Cape Otway region & headed down to the Cape Otway Lightstation.

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It’s really lovely through there. Once we turned off to the lighthouse we were driving through this tall fairly open forest. The husband drove & I craned upwards. No koalas… Then all of a sudden, there was one lolloping along the road towards us! We stopped the car & it stopped running, gave the vehicle the once-over, & then ambled over to the side of the road & climbed up into a low tree in a rather leisurely manner.

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We were rapt :-) After watching – & being watched – for a while & taking a couple of photos, we idled on down the road, and into a new area of forest with a much lower canopy of spreading gum trees. And wow! koalas in just about every other tree! One mother & her joey were particularly accommodating, feeding on what looked like a rather dangerously thin branch just above the heads of some very happy tourists:

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We were close enough to see the little fellah reaching up to mouth a leaf or two.

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Which was rather nice; most of their compatriots spent the time with their backsides resolutely towards the camera :-)

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The lighthouse, when we got there, was pretty stunning too (you could go up inside for the view from the top – with advice to hang onto one’s glasses as the wind had been known to tear them from unsuspecting noses). But the koalas were absolute tops :-)

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