The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Studying Koalas on Kangaroo Island

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
800-776-0188, 617-926-8200
6 $1,795 rustic lodging

The Route: Track and observe koalas as they chew their way through the “Galapagos of Australia,” a wildlife haven ten miles south of Adelaide in the Southern Ocean. You’ll work for 11 days alongside an Aussie naturalist.

When to go: Year-round

Difficulty: Moderate

Travel advisory: Low ozone levels in the upper atmosphere make ultraviolet radiation in this part of the world particularly intense. A full-brimmed hat and sunblock with an SPF of 40 or higher are advisable.

High/low points:

  • Glimpsing the Sydney Olympics mascot — the toothless, nocturnal echidna, one of only two egg-laying mammals in the world.
  • Realizing the data you collect may ultimately lead to koala culling.

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