New south wales: koalas?
I will be in Sydney in mid-November: is there any chance to see koalas in a 2-3 days trip from Sydney? does anyone have any thoughts on the best area to see this species in New south wales?
I saw wild Koalas in Port Stephens, NSW (two and a half hours north of Sydney) but it was just over 10 years ago. I seem to remember that a local man lead a short walking tour around the neighbourhood to find them. Hopefully someone will come along with some more up-to-date information.
Had the same issue 4 years back. The best info. i could get was also near Port Stephens at the coastal resorts of Hawks nest and Tea gardens. There’s a visitor centre in Tea gardens and a small reserve nearby where a few Koalas live. I didn’t see any but only had a couple of hours and a local i spoke to had 2 koalas in his garden the week before. So they’re around but not numerous, hopefully you’ll get some better info. phil.
I would try asking at Australia birding listserve, http://birding.aba.org/maillist/AU
You can also ask about some birds so that moderators don’t delete your RFI.
An email to the Hunter Birding list https://au.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hunterbirding/info (covers area several hours drive north of Sydney) would probably get suggestions about where to look at Port Stephens.
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You’ll probably get better advice in no time but for a start…
On a road trip north from Sydney in 2011, we made a small detour to Salamander Bay, in the Port Stephens area and managed to see one early morning before we even started looking for them. Exact location was Joe Redman Reserve (in fact just a public garden and probably not the best spot). The koala we saw was on the move.