Koalas

KoalasWhere to see Koalas: 
For all the latest Koala spotting locations, please contact the Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre.

Contact Us:
Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre
83 Chandos Street
Gunnedah, NSW, 2380
Phone: 02 6740 2230
Fax: 02 6740 2119
Email: tourism@infogunnedah.com.au

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About Gunnedah's Koalas

Gunnedah Shire, along with environmental groups, has nurtured its wild Koala colonies by initiating the planting and expansion of tree corridors through out the township and the Shire, allowing the Koalas safe access in and around the town.

Locals and visitors and visitors alike feel privileged to witness these threatened Australian icons easily in their natural habitat.

At last count, Gunnedah was home to 60 Koalas living within the town limits.

Popular Koala hang-outs include the river gums in Anzac Park, Porcupine Lookout, Gunnedah Golf Course, Stock Road walking/ cycle way, TAFE Campus, PCYC and the western end of the Showground area near the Kennel Club grounds. Ask the Visitor Information Centre Staff for today's Koala hotspots.

Did You Know?

  • Koalas are not bears; they are MARSUPIALS, which means that they can carry their young in a pouch.
  • Koalas live for 12 to 16 years in the wild
  • Koalas have two thumbs on their front paws- to help them climb, to hold on to the trees and to grip their food.
  • Koalas are NOCTURNAL animals. This means that they sleep in the daytime, and move around and feed at night.
  • Koalas communicate by making a noise that sounds like a snore and then belch, known as a "bellow"
  • Koalas spend approximately 20 hours sleeping or resting, one to three hours feeding, and one to three hours grooming, moving from tree to tree, and during the breeding season, searching for a mate.
  • There are about 600 varieties of eucalyptus. Koalas Australia wide eat only about 120 of these trees.
  • An adult Koala eats about ½-1 kilogram of leaves each night.
  • Koalas don't normally need to drink as they get all of the moisture they need from the gum leaves. However, they can drink if necessary, such as in times of drought.
  • Probably only between 40,000 to 80,000 Koalas remain in Australia. Most of their habitat has already been lost. This makes it very important to preserve what is left.

LOCAL TREES FOR KOALAS

Larger areas of trees are more likely to provide viable habitat.

Things to remember are: 

  • Link up existing vegetation by corridor planting
  • Plant trees in clumps
  • Extend the size of existing tree areas

Ideal tree species include the following:

Eucalyptus Camaldulensis River Red Gum
Eucalyptus Blakelyi Blakelys Red Gum 
Eucalyptus Crebra Narrow Leaf Ironbark 
Eucalyptus Leucoxylon 'Pink' Yellow Gum  
Eucalyptus Nicholli Small Leaf Peppermint 
Eucalyptus Punctata Grey Gum 
Eucalyptus Robusta Swamp Mahogany 
Eucalyptus Tereticornis Forest Red Gum 
Eucalyptus Viminalis Ribbon Gum 
Eucalyptus Albens White Box 
Eucalyptus Melliodora Yellow Box 
Eucalyptus Populnea Bimble Box 
Eucalyptus Sideroxylon Mugga Ironbark 
Eucalyptus Floribunda Rough Bark Apple 

 

Our Hours

Mon to Fri: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: 10am - 3pm

Sunday: 10am - 3pm

Our Location

83 Chandos Street

Gunnedah NSW

2380

Our Details

Phone: 02 6740 2230

Fax: 02 6740 2119

Email: tourism@infogunnedah.com.au