Raymond Island, Victoria
Why: This beautiful island in the Lakes National Park in eastern Victoria is home to many koalas, and the local people love them. Koalas live in the front yards of people's homes, and often the home owner will come out to talk to you about 'their' koala, or will stop their car to give you directions to the nearest koala. The island is also home to kangaroos, echidnas and rainbow lorikeets, plus dolphins are often seen near the ferry.
How: You need to have a car to get to Paynesville, then you board a short car ferry to Raymond Island. Once on the island you can walk or drive to see the koalas. There is a free Koala Trail maintained by the locals.
Where: Raymond Island is a four hour drive from Melbourne, in East Gippsland.
Noosa Headland National Park, Queensland
Why: The beautiful koalas of Noosa are the most tech-savvy in Australia. They have a facebook group dedicated to them: Noosa Koala Sightings with pictures submitted by the public, and for those without a smart phone, a blackboard at the park entrance that shows visitors where koalas have been sighted. Most of the koalas are named and well known by researchers from Queensland Koala Crusaders.
How: You can walk from the town of Noosa Heads into the National Park. Check the blackboard at the park entrance, or log on to Noosa Koala Sightings before you go and chat to Bernard about where the koalas have been lately. If he can, he will sometimes come out and help you.
Where: Noosa Heads is on the Sunshine Coast, a two hour drive north of Brisbane, Queensland.