Cohunu Koala Park


Earlier today we spent a delightful couple of hours at Cohunu Koala Park. The park is located near the town of Byford, just 40 minutes drive away from the city of Perth in Western Australia.

According to their own website ….

Come and make friends with some of the unique Australian fauna living in the park. Stroll the bush tracks and pathways. Hand feed many of the free roaming animals. Have a chat with over 30 talking parrots, see dingoes, kangaroos, emus, deer and koalas, just to name a few of the animals that live at the park.

Needless to say I had my camera to hand so here are a few snaps of the, always photogenic, creatures.

First up are the Koalas, after which the park is named ….

Never the most dynamic of animals, the Koalas were, for the most part, sleeping.

Again, from the parks website ….

The Cohunu Koala Park colony was established in 1982 with the arrival of 4 koalas from South Australia. It now boasts more than 25 koalas in its colony. Our colony in Western Australia has an increase of approximately 4 baby joeys each year.

Koalas are marsupials, the female carries its young in the pouch for 6 months then on her back for a further 4 months.

Koalas live almost exclusively on eucalyptus leaves which have a poor nutritional value, thus to conserve their energy koalas sleep 18-20 hours per day, rarely drinking but relying on the water content of the eucalyptus leaves.

18-20 hours is pretty close to the sleep time for the average teenager. I wonder what their excuse is ?

Next up, here are a few Kangaroos. Also mostly asleep but there are a few that were hopping around.

It must be the heat that makes the kangaroos seek shady corners to doze in. They certainly didn’t seem to be too interested in the popcorn that we offered them.

Unlike the birds, and in particular the biggest bird on the planet, the Ostrich.

Two examples certainly made light work of the popcorn that we offered them. And, when shown empty hands, scarpered pretty quickly. I guess it was cupboard love after all.

One of the nice things about Cohunu is the fact that many animals are allowed to roam pretty freely. Although they may be kept segregated to different areas, Joe Public is still able to get up close and personal.

The pony, above, made itself known by nudging each of us in turn. Usually in the rump, as if to say “Gimmee the food”. It followed us round until, I guess, it got bored. Certainly the Emu was quite inquisitive too. Due to their size, they can be fairly intimidating but they are small when compared with the Ostrich. The Kangaroos didn’t seem to be phased by close proximity of us humans.

One species not encouraged to mix with us humans was the Dingo, although this one did seem to be quite friendly. At one time coming over and sitting by my feet, the two of us separated by wire mesh.

Dingo – Cohunu Koala Park

I got the feeling he was just looking for some company although, even mine wasn’t good enough, and he took himself off to the shade of the pipe.

In their blurb, the Cohunu folks claim to have over 30 talking parrots. Of course that is probably true and I am not here to dispute that figure. All I can say is that I am glad they weren’t all speaking at the same time.

Many did indeed say hello and at least one seemed to be apologising although we couldn’t work out what for. They are all characters and at least one let rip with the loudest bird call I have ever experience at close quarters. The repeated shriek fair rattled my ear drums. Here are just a few of the residents.

All that remains is for me to show you some snaps of some of the other residents of the park.

Also to be found around the park are a number of unusual creatures.

All in all, a very enjoyable visit.

This One I Want To Take Home

The Gold Coast, WA


We are visiting Australia and whilst most of our time will be spent in W.A. we have just returned from a week based on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

Gold Coast Skyline
Gold Coast Skyline

After taking the Jetstar “red-eye” flight from Perth we arrived in Brisbane early Sunday morning. We picked up our hire car and drove down to Mermaid Beach where we had breakfast at the Mermaid Beach Surf Life Saving Club. After breakfast we checked into our motel, The Mermaid Beach Motor Inn.

Mermaid Beach Motor Inn
Mermaid Beach Motor Inn

This motel provides basic accommodation and is looking a little tired but the bedding was clean and the rooms had aircon. After a much needed nap and freshen up we strolled along to Broad Beach where we had dinner at Max Seafood Restaurant. The food here was superb  and they served an amazing New Zealand Sole, it was huge.

This area really is geared to holidaying, partying and generally having a good time. We certainly managed to cram a lot in and, at times, it seemed that we were constantly on the move. In the few days we were there we managed to visit Sea World, Movie World, Draculas, The Australian Outback Spectacular and “Crikey” we also made it to  Australia Zoo.

The following are just a few snaps taken over the next five days. Firstly, some snaps taken at Sea World….

Rays - Sea World. They are in a touch pool and moved so gracefully with a ripple of their wings.
Rays – Sea World. They are in a touch pool and moved so gracefully with a ripple of their wings.

Alota Baloney, from the "Fish Detective" show at Sea World
Alota Baloney, from the “Fish Detective” show at Sea World

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The Fish Detectives from the “Fish Detectives” show, Sea World

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Hungry Bird

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An uplifting experience

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All together now !!!

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Is there any other way to travel ?

The following are from Warner Brothers Movie World. Unfortunately, my camera decided it didn’t like the heat on this day and stopped functioning so I don’t have any pictures from the spectacular stunt drivers show. So these are just a taster of some of the other attractions  ……

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Going Down – The Green Lantern coaster, Gold Coast

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A fairly tired western show ….

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….. so let’s bring on the dancing girls to liven things up.

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Scavengers

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A tribute to Marilyn. She actually had a good voice.

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It shoulda been me – Notice the empty seat. My belly stopped the safety bar from locking so I was thrown off the ride. Wild West Falls – Gold Coast

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Meeters and greeters

Australia Zoo is two hours away from Mermaid Beach but was well the drive. There’s lot’s to do, we were there until closing time and didn’t manage to see everything. Once again here is a taster……

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Australian Ibis – Australia Zoo

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Lizard – Australia Zoo

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Crocodile – Australia Zoo

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Fang – Female Crocodile – Australia Zoo

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Pretty Flower

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Lizard – Australia Zoo. These little fellows were all over the place, on the paths, in the restaurants. I had to check my rucksack to be sure I didn’t take one away.

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Koala – Australia Zoo
Hard to find one of these little fellows awake.

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Snake & handler – Australia Zoo. They brought these up to the audience on all sides of the arena. Never heard so much foot shuffling till that moment.

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Big Bird – Australia Zoo
Making a spectacular entrance to the arena. They did say what it was but, due to memory overload, I have forgotten.

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Another Big Bird – Australia Zoo
Again, due to memory overload, I have forgotten what this was.

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Lesser Spotted 5 Dollar Bill Bird – Australia Zoo
This cheeky chap has been trained to relieve members of the audience of their 5 dollar bills. If you look closely you can see he has it in his beak.

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Crocodile – Australia Zoo
This part of the show was all about demonstrating how these crocs move and how to avoid becoming a menu item. Needless to say the handlers do not take chances.

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Crocodile – Australia Zoo
Looking for his next snack. The handlers never turn their backs on this big boy.

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Crocodile – Australia Zoo
From a standing start a crocodile can launch nearly his full body length out of the water.

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Crocodile – Australia Zoo
Snack time

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Wombat – Australia Zoo
He wasn’t very happy, having his picture taken whilst taking a dump.

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Kookaburra – Australia Zoo

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Emerald Dove – Australia Zoo

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Tawney Frogmouth Owls – Australia Zoo

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Australian King Parrot – Australia Zoo

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Koala – Australia Zoo
Think this one likes jazz as he appears to be playing his “air double bass”

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Lizard – Australia Zoo
I was able to place my camera on the floor just a few inches away from this chap. He later came and sat with his foot on my sandal before running across my toes…it tickled.

On the last day we killed some time back at Sea World, before heading back to Brisbane Airport, to see some of the entertainment that we missed on our previous visit. Here are a few photos of some lunatics on seadoos….

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This visit concluded a very hectic week on the Gold Coast.

Although we have photo’s which were taken at Draculas and The Great Australian Outback Show they are commercial ones.  If I’m really brave i might post them at a later date.