Grey Kangaroos Encroaching On Towns

While most tourists (especially those from Asia and Europe) delight in seeing native wildlife when traveling through South Gippsland, over the last 20 years or so, more of the Eastern Grey Kangaroo have been noticed on farmland and roadsides where the smaller wallabies once reigned supreme.

On our property in Foster, they didn’t bother us much as they easily bounded over the fences and really only stooped underneath them where wombats had previously left their dugouts. We occasionally spotted them grazing on short tufts of grass in the early morning or evenings, but if you want to see them in hoards, a trip to Wilsons Prom National Park will always net you the best pictures.

This one was seen near the small township of Meeniyan and seemed to be fairly accustomed to seeing the odd human or two.

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Baby Wombat At Wilsons Promontory

Baby Wombat At Wilsons Promontory

We found this baby wombat wandering on the side of the road near Cotters Lake at Wilsons Promontory National Park in Victoria, Australia. My daughter thought he was really cute…and so do the tourists.

But some of the farmers in South Gippsland find them a menace, as more and more dig burrows in the open paddocks, as less of the natural bushland is available for them to make a home in.

Thank heaven for places like National Parks that allow them to roam freely. Wilsons Promontory is a superbly maintained area of wilderness with a perfect mix of accessible walking tracks that still allow us to see these animals in the wild, with little disturbance to the creatures themselves.

This week in the RACV magazine, Wilsons Prom was named as the place you would most likely to be able to photograph kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and emus…and they’re right. Each time we visit the area we’ve taken great shots of each of these precious Native Australian animals.

To see some other great photographs and find out more about Wilsons Promontory Walking Tracks, go to http://south-gippsland.com/wilsonsprom-tracks.htm. There’s so much more to see and do in South Gippsland!

By the way, the photograph of this young wombat is fairly close to a life size replica too.