Meet pods and plumps and scoops and paddles of our favourite wildlife in sanctuaries, national parks and unlikely places, all the while adopting some new collective nouns.
You're bound to spot mobs of eastern grey kangaroos and wallabies on a wander in Victoria, in zoos and sanctuaries, in the wild, and on the fairway.
Admire the gravity defying proportions of the world's largest surviving marsupials up close at Healesville Sanctuary, Halls Gap Zoo, Ballarat Wildlife Park, Mansfield Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Mornington Peninsula's Panorama Garden Estate. At Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park and Maru Koala and Animal Park, try your hand at feeding.
In the wild, find a view with a roo at Tower Hill State Game Reserve (Great Ocean Road), Halls Gap (Grampians) and at Green's Bush in Mornington Peninsula National Park. In Gippsland, spot them at Wilson's Promontory National Park, grazing by the water on the Gippsland Lakes, and at Gipsy Point, where the peninsula juts into the Mallacoota Inlet.
Golfers, tee off with troops on the fairways at Anglesea Golf Course, Hepburn Springs Golf Course and Halls Gap Golf Club.
Spot koalas in the forks of eucalyptus trees at zoos, sanctuaries and in the wild.
Wander treetop boardwalks at the Koala Forest Exhibit at Healesville Sanctuary and Phillip Island's Koala Conservation Centre for eye-to-eye views of resident tree huggers. Book in for a koala encounter at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (Pearcedale) or at Maru Koala and Animal Park (Gippsland) to hand feed and cuddle up with incomparable cuteness. Meet the koalas and keepers at Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary in Barwon Heads, and stroll through Ballarat Wildlife Park, Halls Gap Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo for a look.
The small hamlet of Kennett River on the Great Ocean Road is one of the best places in Australia to see koalas in the wild. Keep your eyes on the tree forks on Grey River Road and Lighthouse Road, particularly in the late afternoon when koalas are at their most active. Further along the road, make time at the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve and keep your eyes peeled on the route to the lighthouse at Cape Otway. In Gippsland, jump on the ferry from Paynesville and hit the Koala Trail on Raymond Island to see Victoria’s largest koala population.
We're not really koalafied, but because they sleep 20 hours a day, we think a 'snooze' of koalas is the answer to the collective noun question.
So loved are wombats they get their own national day: October 22. Celebrate nature's nocturnal bulldozers with a wander in a zoo or on a night tour.
Get a burrow-eye view and stick around for 'pat and play' (which includes a selfie) at Healesville Sanctuary, and meet Patrick, the oldest bare-nosed wombat in captivity, at Ballarat Wildlife Park. See wombats common and otherwise at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (Pearcedale), Halls Gap Zoo and Mansfield Zoo.
With a bit of luck and eagle eyes, you can spot wombats in Wilsons Promontory National Park in Gippsland, Tower Hill Game Reserve on the Great Ocean Road and at Baw Baw National Park in the High Country. To up the odds, take a guided tour. Sign up to free ranger-led night tours in the Eurobin Creek area of Mount Buffalo National Park, or take a nocturnal tour in the Wombat State Forest or Yarra Ranges National Park.
A term coined for a group of wombats is a 'wisdom'. They are however, solo animals.