The annual koala count was held on 18 July. Ten people met at Aireys Inlet hall early and we then drove to Kennet River where we had morning tea at the picnic area.

Our survey began at Grey River Road in the Great Otway National Park at about 11.00 am. The weather was fine, cloudy and cold.

The survey team
The survey team

We followed the usual survey procedure, walking along the road and checking either side for koalas.

Walking along road
Walking along Grey River Rd

From what we could see the koalas however appeared to be generally in good health. 


Some of them were active, either feeding or moving around, grunting and scratching.



About an hour later, we turned to walk up on to the ridge where we had lunch overlooking Grey River settlement with Superb Fairy Wrens and Grey Shrike Thrush nearby.


During our return walk along the powerline clearing, we saw a small group of between 15-20 kangaroos move ahead of us. We could also clearly hear the White-throated Treecreepers and Rufous Bristlebird was very vocal.

Looking up tree

By the time we arrived back to the cars, we had seen a total of 93 koalas. It was a good day and I think everyone enjoyed the walk.

Report by Kayelene Traynor

Photographs by Chrissy Freestone

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Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.

More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.

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