Koalas are awesome. Even more awesome than wombats, and that’s saying something coming from me. When you make it to Australia, you will inevitably go to a zoo sometime in your travels and see all of Australia’s beautiful animals. It’s a must do!
But if you make it to Magnetic Island then you will have a chance to see a koala in the wild. I think this is a much more memorable experience.
Koalas on Magnetic Island
Now my parents have lived on Maggie for about 18 months now and for the first 12 months the elusive koalas would hide from me. Even though my mum would go on walks and see four, I would come over from the mainland days later and see ZERO.
But finally, after a whole year, my mum went on one of her crazy bush walks and called me soon after to say there was a koala about 100 metres into her trek. So, like the crazy person I am, I got out of bed and drove up to the track to see my first koala in its natural habitat. He was sitting oh-so-cutely in the fork of a eucalyptus tree. Here are my hints for finding koalas on Magnetic Island.
So the number one place to see a koala: The Fort Walk in Horseshoe Bay. Keep your eyes up and see what you can find. When you are walking along always ask people you pass as well. They may have been fortunate to see one earlier and can advise you just where to look. It’s all about spreading the joy.
Last week my mum and dad took me to a street called Wallaby Way in Horseshoe Bay. My dad had spotted a koala earlier in a tree on an empty block of land. And not only did I see Mr Koala in a tree but Mrs Koala and Baby Koala were in a tree nearby.
Look at these photos below and tell me a baby koala isn’t the cutest thing ever. They didn’t seem bothered by us, which was good because I was there taking photos of their cuteness for a long time. Follow this link for Google Map directions to the exact location.
Update: I’ve since returned to Wallaby Way multiple times over the years and always see up to 7 koalas hanging in the trees. In my personal opinion, this is the best place to spot koalas on Magnetic Island.
You can try your luck in the back streets of Picnic Bay. My dad has actually had to stop his car for a koala to walk across the road in front of it. Thanks for rubbing it in, dad — only on Magnetic Island.
If you make it to Maggie, I have one suggestion as soon as you hit Horseshoe Bay on the other side of the island. Keep your head up and your eyes searching in the forks of trees for these amazing Australian animals. Koalas aren’t the only creatures you can see in the wild on Magnetic Island either. You will pass many a kangaroo and wallaby along the way, plus some curlews and cane toads for good luck. Got to love tropical north Queensland.
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