Fab Photos Friday: The Magic of Koalas and Kangaroos

What comes to mind when you hear “Australia”? I’m betting that Koalas and Kangaroos are at the top of the list, along with the Great Barrier Reef and the Opera House. Australia has so many creatures who appear only on the Australian continent, and that alone makes these animals special…not to mention adorable. And they truly are adorable.

On my tour of the Blue Mountains with Blue Diamond Luxury Tours our last stop of the day was at an animal sanctuary. Many of the animals are not able to go back into the wild, though some are born onsite. To see Koalas (they aren’t bears, they are marsupials), Kangas, Wombats, and Wallabies is a rare treat. Just watching them brings joy!

koalas, kangaroos, empty nest

Yum. Love those Eucalyptus leaves! They eat 2 and a half pounds of them a day!

koalas, kangaroos, empty nest

I was lucky to see so many of them active and eating! I love this photo.

koalas, kangaroos, empty nest

Koalas sleep 18-20 hours a day!

koalas, kangaroos, empty nest

koalas, kangaroos, empty nest

Cute buck teeth!

koalas, kangaroos, empty nest

The keepers bring huge branches of leaves and the Koalas become quite active!

koalas, kangaroos, empty nest

Koalas have one main interest: eucalyptus leaves.

koalas, kangaroos, empty nest

koalas, kangaroos, empty nest

So cute!

koalas, kangaroos, empty nest

I think this is a wallaby but I’m not sure. He’s eating an ice cream cone!

koalas, kangaroos, empty nest

Kanga sticking her tongue out!

blue mountains, wombats, empty nest

Yellow foot kangas have pretty yellow tails and feet

blue mountains, wombats, empty nest

A Wombat! Kind of looks like a cat!

blue mountains, wombats, empty nest

blue mountains, wombats, empty nest

The Wombat is the koala’s closest relative

blue mountains, wombats, empty nest

Not sure if this is a kanga or a wallaby

Here are some awesome birds!

blue mountains, wombats, empty nest

Penguins! Love them!

blue mountains, wombats, empty nest

Awesome Emu.

blue mountains, wombats, empty nest

I love these big birds!

blue mountains, wombats, empty nest

Emu!!!!

blue mountains, wombats, empty nest

Blue Footed Pelican

blue mountains, wombats, empty nest

Not sure what kind of bird this is…a stork?

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I am an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, amateur historian; interested in all people and cultures. For me, the unexpected is usually the norm! My motto? I am an Empty Nester who likes to Renew, Revamp, and Reinvent Life! Contact me at travelswithtam@gmail.com

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  1. Love your photos! It has been few years since we were in Australia – holding a koala was a highlight for me. The animal life in Australia is so unique – I love that. I know you are having a blast!

  2. Sara Broers says:

    These animals ARE magical. Your photos make me want to go to Australia, like now!

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