Koalas in Port Stephens

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Welcome to our dedicated page for koalas in the Port Stephens area.

Port Stephens is home to one of the last remaining koala populations on the east coast of Australia, but numbers are in decline. Here you can learn about how Port Stephens Council is assisting the health and population of koalas in our area.

We are working on a number of projects to help benefit koala populations.

Koala Sightings (see map below)

We are seeking input from our residents and visitors about our Koala population. You can mark your sighting in the map below. If you can provide photos and advice regarding sightings this will help us to stay informed about population numbers and movements of koalas in the local government area.

Include as much information as possible about your sighting - including things like nearest cross street.

Koala Sanctuary

The development of the Koala Sanctuary at One Mile will include:

  • Koala Centre — visitor admissions and guest reception
  • Sanctuary Story Walk — offering visitors an immersive experience of the koala habitat
  • Koala Hospital — visitors will be given direct access to the hospital via a purpose-built viewing window
  • Newcastle Airport SKYwalk and elevated viewing platform — offering a unique treetop perspective into the koala’s natural habitat, a perfect photo opportunity
  • Fat Possum Café — offering a range of ‘grab and go’ eats and treats, great coffee and a range of quality souvenirs in a tranquil bushland setting
  • Deluxe 4 star accommodation — guests will be able to wake up with the koalas by staying in onsite four star glamping tents.

What will the Koala Sanctuary look like?

Port Stephens Council in partnership with Port Stephens Koalas is creating a Koala Sanctuary to ensure first-class care to sick, injured and orphaned koalas.

Opening mid 2020, the Koala Sanctuary will offer visitors a unique opportunity to see koalas in their natural habitat. It will also support their long‑term rehabilitation and preservation.

Visitors to the Sanctuary will enjoy:

  • unique experiences with Koalas in a natural and idyllic bushland setting
  • tailored education sessions from local guides on koala care, rehabilitation and eventual return back to the wild
  • a new opportunity to directly contribute to the preservation of local koalas in Port Stephens

Port Stephens Council Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management (CKPoM).

In order to implement measures to protect koalas and their habitat and maintain compliance with state planning policies, Council and a Steering Committee developed a CKPoM. We are currently in the process of reviewing this Plan and developing an updated Koala strategy to tackle some of the challenges facing koalas in Port Stephens include habitat loss, disease, vehicle collisions and dog attacks.

For more information contact Natural Resources on 4988 0255.

Welcome to our dedicated page for koalas in the Port Stephens area.

Port Stephens is home to one of the last remaining koala populations on the east coast of Australia, but numbers are in decline. Here you can learn about how Port Stephens Council is assisting the health and population of koalas in our area.

We are working on a number of projects to help benefit koala populations.

Koala Sightings (see map below)

We are seeking input from our residents and visitors about our Koala population. You can mark your sighting in the map below. If you can provide photos and advice regarding sightings this will help us to stay informed about population numbers and movements of koalas in the local government area.

Include as much information as possible about your sighting - including things like nearest cross street.

Koala Sanctuary

The development of the Koala Sanctuary at One Mile will include:

  • Koala Centre — visitor admissions and guest reception
  • Sanctuary Story Walk — offering visitors an immersive experience of the koala habitat
  • Koala Hospital — visitors will be given direct access to the hospital via a purpose-built viewing window
  • Newcastle Airport SKYwalk and elevated viewing platform — offering a unique treetop perspective into the koala’s natural habitat, a perfect photo opportunity
  • Fat Possum Café — offering a range of ‘grab and go’ eats and treats, great coffee and a range of quality souvenirs in a tranquil bushland setting
  • Deluxe 4 star accommodation — guests will be able to wake up with the koalas by staying in onsite four star glamping tents.

What will the Koala Sanctuary look like?

Port Stephens Council in partnership with Port Stephens Koalas is creating a Koala Sanctuary to ensure first-class care to sick, injured and orphaned koalas.

Opening mid 2020, the Koala Sanctuary will offer visitors a unique opportunity to see koalas in their natural habitat. It will also support their long‑term rehabilitation and preservation.

Visitors to the Sanctuary will enjoy:

  • unique experiences with Koalas in a natural and idyllic bushland setting
  • tailored education sessions from local guides on koala care, rehabilitation and eventual return back to the wild
  • a new opportunity to directly contribute to the preservation of local koalas in Port Stephens

Port Stephens Council Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management (CKPoM).

In order to implement measures to protect koalas and their habitat and maintain compliance with state planning policies, Council and a Steering Committee developed a CKPoM. We are currently in the process of reviewing this Plan and developing an updated Koala strategy to tackle some of the challenges facing koalas in Port Stephens include habitat loss, disease, vehicle collisions and dog attacks.

For more information contact Natural Resources on 4988 0255.

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