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12 Nov 2006 - Road trip with Trev - day 4
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Dougie, Trev's dog one of the koalas at the Healesville Koala on the move - so fast the legs are blurry! 
First stop this morning was the Healesville sanctuary. It's full of Australian animals and we started off at the koalas. Unusually for koalas they were pretty active - the first koala started munching away at some leaves, then amazingly he got up, walked along a branch, jumped across to another tree and started eating the leaves on that! Very unusual for koalas to be so energetic. There was also a mother and baby pair, and the baby was moving around the tree quite a lot.

The kangaroos were good too - they had both red and grey and Justin was able to stroke one of the grey ones. They're quite undisturbed by humans. There were lots of other animals too - birds, wallabies, reptiles. Unfortunately the tasmanian devils were in their cave as it was pretty cold. We did manage to see the platypus - they are tiny and it was very dark in their exhibit, but they were amazing to watch. They were swimming around all over the place and were so fast! We also saw the wombat mooching about in his enclosure - Justin was pleased to finally see one.

Then we went to Ned Kelly town otherwise known as Glenrowan. The town seems to exist just for the purpose of Ned Kelly tourism, as it's where he made his last stand. Every shop or teahouse has something about Ned Kelly in it's name. We went to see Bob Hempel's "Ned Kelly's last stand" which was really good - it's animated models acting out the last stand and it's really clever. There are all sorts of effects and interesting little details. I would recommend it.

Last was my birthday bbq - Trev did us proud. To get to the fire area in the Cathedrals we parked up, then we spotted a koala in a tree - it was very high up but you could tell what it was - then walked over a suspended bridge that swung a lot as you went over it. We lit a fire (in a fire pit, not just anywhere) and put a big grill on top and we had kangaroo steaks, prawns, kebabs and sausages. It was lovely. Just while we were munching away I heard a noise, shone my torch behind us, and there was a wombat in the wild! He was just eating grass a short way away and we went right up to him. It's so nice that the animals aren't afraid of you. We watched him for quite a while before finisheing off our bbq and then coming back via a bumpy road and a kangaroo sighting to fall into bed absolutely exhausted.

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