Australian Adventures

Koala Cuddling- The Movie

Thanks again to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary for arranging such an awesome day of awesomeness! If you hadn’t guessed, I found the experience pretty awesome.

This is for all those koala fans out there who want to see what the experience is like in action… And please don’t judge me because of my incessant and incoherent rambling. My mind turned to goo from all the cuteness. If you would, however, like to judge my choice of outfit or hairstyle, I have no qualms with that. =)

Koala kisses

Happy Adventuring!

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    novusophia

    August 10, 2012

    Looks like you enjoyed yourself. Personally I’ve been in Australia for one week and a half, and I’m staying at White Cliffs, in a family who has this tiny cute baby Kangouroo named Jojo !! If i manage to get some shots of her, I’ll put it up on the blog. Right now I’m waiting for some work on the local farms. I’m just sad that there aren’t any Koalas in the region !! Those animals are magnificent. I hope your travels are filled with encounters with all the other critters of Australia ( especially kangouroos and koalas, maybe not too many of the local snakes or spiders ;) )

    Do leave a message on my blog about what places are good to visit, as I am staying in White Cliff for some months only, and have a total of 9 months in Australia.

    Good travels and hope you meet some koalas !!

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      Hilary Billings

      August 11, 2012

      Yes, I did, thanks! It was a very enjoyable day!

      How are you enjoying White Cliffs? What do you think of Oz so far? Isn’t it crazy how people just have kangaroo pets? Totally living in the wrong country, me thinks…

      Nine months in Australia! Wowee that’s amazing! You’re going to have SO much fun! Yeah, I’ve only managed to explore three of the cities, but let me know where you’re headed and I’ll help how I can!

      Happy adventuring!

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        novusophia

        August 14, 2012

        White Cliff was great,and so is Oz !! Apparently my adventure is extremely fast-paced, since I’ve already moved out to a Station out in the outback ( it has some weird name I can neither pronounce nor remember ) and begun learning to drive a motorbike and taking care of the numerous animals out here, not to talk of the 6 pet goats, 2 pet lambs, the Kangaroo baby (this one is a bit older, but it’s still wearing diapers, lige the baby goats and lambs when they’re in the house, I’m beginning to suspect an australian tradition here!!).
        So now I’m basically chilling out a bit between jobs ( and trying to get the splinters out of my hands…and they only mentioned termites were attracted to this wood because it was poisonous AFTER we’d felled seven of them and had our hands filled with splinters, at least it looks like there’s no infections yet, so I’ll probably survive!! ).
        Later I’m planning on setting off toward some koala-inhabited
        part of the land, it’s a No-Go to not have seen a koala before I leave Australia!!
        If you have any advice, I’ll be very gratefull, even though my travelling will have to wait till I’ve earned some money ( and found someone willing to get me into a more populated place too, I don’t think hitchhiking will work that well in the middle of the Outback !)

        Greetings, Peter.

        part of the land, it’s no go

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          Hilary Billings

          August 16, 2012

          Hey Peter!

          WOW, it sounds like you’ve had some amazzzzinnng experiences thus far, even though the termite infested wood one sounds kind of scary! But that’s all part of the adventure! I can’t wait to hear more about your travels.

          Yeah, let me know when you plan on reaching a more populated city! I didn’t make it out to the Outback, but it sounds fascinating!! Enjoy!

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    John the Aussie

    August 10, 2012

    You look so happy… Lucky it wasn’t a drop bear :P

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      Hilary Billings

      August 11, 2012

      Haha, I WAS very happy. A truly pure joy moment… I was too happy to even be sarcastic. That should tell you something.

      Okay, so I keep hearing about koala bears and cough drops but have NO idea what anyone is talking about. (Yeah, I know, I’m semi-lame.) Can you explain it to me, my dear friend?

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        John the Aussie

        August 12, 2012

        A drop bear is an Australian myth. A carnivorous koala to scare tourists into putting vegemite behind their ears.

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          Hilary Billings

          August 16, 2012

          Ah. I see. Well, luckily I did not fall prey to such nonsense. (Probably helped that I didn’t know about it!) ;)

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    Sumithra Sriram

    August 11, 2012

    I have always wanted to do that!! Lucky you!! Great video to preserve that moment!! :)

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      Hilary Billings

      August 11, 2012

      Thank you! I absolutely encourage you to do a koala cuddling. Well, cuddling of any kind, really. Because who doesn’t need more hugs in their life?

      Thanks for watching!

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    repurposed redhead

    August 11, 2012

    That looks amazing! Okay, koala cuddling is now on my list. Thanks for sharing such a wondeful experience with us. – Rene

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      Hilary Billings

      August 11, 2012

      You’re very welcome, Rene!

      What other things are on your list?

      Thanks so much for commenting!

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    Virginia

    August 11, 2012

    That looks like an amazing experience!!! I always loved koalas. Keep on having fun!

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      Hilary Billings

      August 12, 2012

      Thank you so much! It was. You definitely need to add koala cuddling to your to-do list!

      What kinds of adventures do you like to have?

      Happy adventuring!

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        Virginia

        August 19, 2012

        I will have to add it to my list! I like adventurous things. I have been skydiving, zip lining, river tubing and tried surfing. Things like that!

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          Hilary Billings

          August 20, 2012

          Whoa! Awesome adventures! Have you had a favorite?

          • Virginia

            August 21, 2012

            I loved them all, but I enjoyed zipling and river tubing in Costa Rica! Such an amazing trip! I want to go bungee jumping too, but more scared haha.

          • Hilary Billings

            August 21, 2012

            Wow! That sounds amazing!

            And I want to bungee jump too, but I’m also terrified to do so! One day… =)

          • Virginia

            August 23, 2012

            Yeah I am scared to bungee jump too, but I feel like I should do it!

          • Hilary Billings

            August 24, 2012

            Maybe we can do it together! =)

          • Virginia

            August 27, 2012

            That would be awesome!!! Def. would be a blog post! :)

          • Hilary Billings

            August 27, 2012

            Heck yes!! =)

          • Virginia

            August 28, 2012

            Awesome :) :)

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    haileyjw

    August 13, 2012

    Aww, words cannot explain the cuteness that just happened! Love it.

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      Hilary Billings

      August 16, 2012

      Thanks so much, Hailey! The cuteness was pretty overwhelming, not going to lie. Video of kangaroo encounter to come shortly!!

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