Raymond Island - Koala Trail and Discovery Experience

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The project provides enabling infrastructure and services to support the sustainable growth of one of Gippsland's most iconic environmental and wildlife experiences. The first stage of this project is the Raymond Island Ferry Park Reserve Upgrade.

Improved visitor education and management, along with new amenities, will also benefit Raymond Island residents. A key focus of this project is to recognise and address the fact that increased visitor numbers impact the community.

The proposed outcomes of this project are:

  • The extension and enhancement of the koala trail to ‘spread the load’ of visitors
  • New and expanded infrastructure and amenities to improve the visitor experience
  • Environmental improvements to enhance habitat and support sustainability
  • Koala care, rehabilitation, and wildlife education
  • Indigenous interpretation, and cultural education
  • Visitor interpretive infrastructure and materials

Investment in the Koala Trail will increase functionality and contribute to environmental and economic improvements for the visitor economy, by facilitating environmental enhancement, sustainable tourism services, and supporting sustainable growth in visitor numbers, increased length of stay and increased visitor expenditure in the local community.

Through collaborations between government, community and GLaWAC, the project enables capacity building in environmental management and eco-tourism, increases workforce participation in the visitor sector, supports new skill development in visitor servicing, and environmental management and interpretation.

It enables the development of networks between local community volunteers, Gunaikurnai people and the local tourism industry through the development and management of the trail.

The budget for the project is provided through contributions from Local Roads and Community Infrastructure and Regional Recovery Partnerships, both through the Federal Government.

Parks Victoria have received additional funding through the Minister for Tourism Grant from the State Government to also contribute to this project on joint managed land.



Click on the links below to visit the other YourSay pages for the Raymond Island Ferry Park Upgrade and Koala Trail Discovery Experience Stages:

Raymond Island Ferry Park Upgrade Stage 1

Raymond Island Ferry Park Upgrade Stage 2



For more information regarding community consultation sessions, dates, times etc. and project updates please subscribe.

The project provides enabling infrastructure and services to support the sustainable growth of one of Gippsland's most iconic environmental and wildlife experiences. The first stage of this project is the Raymond Island Ferry Park Reserve Upgrade.

Improved visitor education and management, along with new amenities, will also benefit Raymond Island residents. A key focus of this project is to recognise and address the fact that increased visitor numbers impact the community.

The proposed outcomes of this project are:

  • The extension and enhancement of the koala trail to ‘spread the load’ of visitors
  • New and expanded infrastructure and amenities to improve the visitor experience
  • Environmental improvements to enhance habitat and support sustainability
  • Koala care, rehabilitation, and wildlife education
  • Indigenous interpretation, and cultural education
  • Visitor interpretive infrastructure and materials

Investment in the Koala Trail will increase functionality and contribute to environmental and economic improvements for the visitor economy, by facilitating environmental enhancement, sustainable tourism services, and supporting sustainable growth in visitor numbers, increased length of stay and increased visitor expenditure in the local community.

Through collaborations between government, community and GLaWAC, the project enables capacity building in environmental management and eco-tourism, increases workforce participation in the visitor sector, supports new skill development in visitor servicing, and environmental management and interpretation.

It enables the development of networks between local community volunteers, Gunaikurnai people and the local tourism industry through the development and management of the trail.

The budget for the project is provided through contributions from Local Roads and Community Infrastructure and Regional Recovery Partnerships, both through the Federal Government.

Parks Victoria have received additional funding through the Minister for Tourism Grant from the State Government to also contribute to this project on joint managed land.



Click on the links below to visit the other YourSay pages for the Raymond Island Ferry Park Upgrade and Koala Trail Discovery Experience Stages:

Raymond Island Ferry Park Upgrade Stage 1

Raymond Island Ferry Park Upgrade Stage 2



For more information regarding community consultation sessions, dates, times etc. and project updates please subscribe.

  • 8 April 2024

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    Construction of the Koala Trail extensions is anticipated to commence in the coming weeks; a set date will be advised when available.

    The works will be undertaken by the crew at GLaWAC, and will complete the Abbey loop.

    The development of this more formalised walking trail will enhance the overall experience by connecting existing fragmented sections of trail and will provide a stable walking path which will improve accessibility to meet the needs of the community and visitors to the area.

    By providing designated walkway we aim to help protect the local ecosystem by keeping visitors on a defined path, reducing the negative impact of trampling or littering on the environment, and provide further opportunities for birdwatching, wildlife observation, and nature photography.



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  • Project Update - 20 October 2023

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    As part of the Koala Trail and Discovery Experience there has been works undertaken to the gardens and the landscaping to improve the ‘gateway’ within Ferry Park reserve.

    These works will be finalised over the following weeks and will carrying out the below:

    • Install steel edging between lawn and garden
    • Aerate existing lawn and top dress with blended lawn soil
    • Rejuvenate existing gardens through pruning and weed control
    • Add new plants to replace dead ones and as required
    • Apply appropriate fertilizer
    • Spread mulch
    • New garden area created around large rock on the west end of the BBQ Shelter
    • New garden area created from spoil piles on the east end of the BBQ shelter.

    The new plants will be drought tolerant and will keep with the characteristics of the Ferry Park and build on the current environment.

    Also, as part of the trail extension works there will be additional gravel paths created with the road reserve of Fifth Parade and also providing connection from Third Parade to Eighth Avenue, this will provide safer access for people and help to reduce the pedestrian traffic from the road. CLICK HERE to view the additional path alignments.


  • Project Update 3 April 2023

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    Raymond Island Coastal Saltmarsh Project Proposal


    Koala Island Foundation Inc., along with Raymond Island Landcare have been instrumental in bringing this proposal to fruition.

    A key project under the grant funding is environmental stewardship and with this the protection of the Coastal Saltmarsh area stretching from Point Montague to the Ferry carpark on Raymond Island.

    The project proposal will allow the installation of fencing to be installed to assist the area to regenerate and encourage the native flora and fauna to return.

  • Project Update 29 November 2022

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    Koala Island Foundation Inc. in collaboration with EGSC have finalised the new information signage and trail markers. This signage will have a built in QR code for locals and visitors to be able to access further information.

    A new toilet facility and shelter will be designed and constructed near the trail in the reserve area adjacent twelfth Avenue.

    Investigation into the location of paths along Fifth Parade and Third Parade, this will reduce pedestrian traffic within the road and create a safe connection to the koala loop.

    Trail extensions will be completed to access The Abbey and continue on from the work that has been completed by GLaWAC and Parks Victoria.

Page last updated: 16 Apr 2024, 10:24 AM