Koala-spotting - Port Stephens and Port Macquarie

In many of the bushland areas of the Port Stephens region and further north you may come across koalas, particularly in swamp mahogany trees. One of the best places to spot them is at the revegetated Tilligerry Habitat Environment Centre at Tanilba Bay, which is run by volunteers out of a strawbale building. You can go for a walk through the reserve to spy koalas on your own, or join a one-and-a-halfhour guided koala walk that can include bush tucker and boomerang throwing.

The Koala Hospital at Port Macquarie is also a must for koala lovers. Some 200 koalas are admitted to the hospital annually, suffering from chlamydia, or injuries from motor vehicles and dog attacks. The hospital is open 365 days a year and visitors are welcome at all times but a tour is conducted every day at 3pm.

Contact Info

Tanilba Bay centre: (02) 4984 5677

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