September is the natural breeding season for koalas, so it’s very fitting that the entire month is dedicated to the Save the Koala campaign. The money raised through Save the Koala Month goes towards the long term survival of Australia’s wild koala population, which, according to the AKF, sits around 43,000. Only a decade ago the koala population was in the hundred thousands.
As the night rolls in, you might hear the bats as they patrol for insects, blipping away like the sound of a fork on a plate, but the volume turned low, low. Together, they sound like summer night.
I hope you’ve had an amazing 2015 and have had the opportunity to add lots of wonderful travel memories to your bank of good times past. Wishing eco travellers everywhere a Happy New Year and safe travels in 2016.
On the surface, Noosa seems like any other seaside town, but there is so much more to this captivating region than sun, sea and sand. Conservation and sustainable tourism ideals are ingrained in the community and business life. Action groups ensure development is restricted, wildlife is cared for and management programmes are in place to help protect this wonderfully diverse environment. Added to that some seriously good places to eat and you can see why people keep coming back for more.
The Grey River Road in Great Otway National Park is one of the best places to spot koalas in the wild. It also hides a beautiful, secluded picnic spot.
The Yarra Valley is one of Australia’s best wine and food regions and is only about an hour from central Melbourne. Neat rows of vines snake across the rolling hills as far as the eye can see, with signs to cellar doors pitched every few 100 feet.
It sounds crazy, but eucalyptus leaves may soon become the new jet fuel. Virgin Australia Ltd. plan to turn the proliferate foliage into fuel to protect the environment.
Boasting some of the best eco lodges in the world, Australia has a range of green getaways to suit all budgets. From exploring rainforests with indigenous Aboriginal people to nursing orphaned joeys at award-winning conservation centres, the land of Dreamtime offers more than just beach babes at Bondi.