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Victoria, Australia

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Raymond Island - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located within the Gippsland Lakes area this 760 ha island is adjacent to the town of Paynesville and Burrabogie Island. One third of the island is crown land and managed by Parks Victoria and the East Gippsland Shire Council. The island was originally inhabited by the Tatungalung clan of the Kurnai aboriginal tribe.

The main attraction of this island is the large colony of Koala that were introduced there from Phillip Island in 1953 with only 42 animals being relocated at that time. A survey conducted in 2003 shows there are now some 605 individual koala's raising concerns about overpopulation, starvation and malnutrition of the island population due to their limited food supply and lack of predators.

Their main food source on the island is the Coastal Manna Gum, which has suffered at the mouths of the voracious animals causing defoliation and dieback of the existing trees. The local authorities are considering an annual relocation of the animals to the mainland to prevent overpopulation of the cuddly animals. The island is also an important feeding and nesting ground for many of the local birdlife, species that can be seen on the island are rainbow lorikeets, honeyeaters, sea eagles, black swans, egrets and many species of parrot.

The island does have a small community of people living there along with some accommodation facilities. A continuous ferry service is available from Paynesville catering to both vehicles and people.

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Bairnsdale Visitor Information Centre


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